Earlier this week, the JRE posted a clip from the ‘Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast, episode no.1411 with Robert Downey Jr. In the 11m23s clip, the two of them discuss RDJ’s potential to return to the MCU as Iron Man. So what did he have to say?
The entire episode of the JRE podcast is very interesting, and Joe Rogan is a fascinating individual, so you will want to see the whole thing if you get the chance. However, if you can’t even watch the clip above, we have the highlights for you here. This is what Robert Downey Jr said about returning as Tony Stark in the future of the MCU:
“To me, starting up again is off the table. I feel like I’ve done all I could with that character. There would have to be a super compelling argument and a series of events that made it obvious. But the other thing is, I wanna do other stuff.”
Downey Jr added more to the above in discussing how he not only has more that he wants to do as an actor, but he also received some “extra closure” with some of the Marvel folks after a recent outing with them.
“First of all it’s 2020. And I’m not an OCD guy, but I keep thinking ‘see clearly.’ See clearly even if your vision is going. And it’s difficult because I feel we all just get buffeted by feelings and ego or fears or little chips of resentments or intuitions that may be tied to something higher but you think is out of your reach or whatever. So it was a perfect time, and I got to go have dinner with a bunch of the Marvel folks last night and kind of had a little bit of extra closure…”
It definitely is sad to say farewell to a character we are all so fond of, no doubt about that, but sometimes you can have too much of a good thing and even RDJ knows when to call it quits. However, we are going to stick with a never say never on this one, as we at least know Tony Stark will appear in the Black Widow prequel, whether in old footage or a cameo from Downey Jr. As for Phase 4 and beyond, who knows? It doesn’t sound likely, but anything is possible. Sounds to us like all is needed is a good reason and a compelling story, at least after a much-needed break from the role.