After over a decade as Iron Man in the MCU, Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark bowed out with a sacrificial death in Avengers Endgame – a scene that has gone down as one the biggest blockbuster moments in decades. Yet now as the franchise has embraced time travel and the multiverse, surely the character can come back in some form? The Marvel star himself had previously admitted reluctance but one thing would bring him back.
Downey Jr was asked previously by Joe Rogan on his podcast: “Is the door to Iron Man totally closed because I don’t believe it is? You guys can go through time now. You’ve already opened up that door.”
At first, the Iron Man star replied: “Let me ask you a question. If I pick the jersey back up and put it on, wouldn’t you feel a little bit like, ‘oh craaap.’
However, the podcast comedian enthused: “No. Here’s what I think, they go through a few semi-lacklustre Avengers movies without you. Ready for this? Here’s the scene: There’s a moment where the world’s fate is at stake and they’ve realised they need a super genius. Then, they figure out how to restart that time machine…come on man. The audience sees you when you step out of that thing. The way people would freak out if you came back. Come on man. Think about it. Take a few years off. Do a few Doctor Dolittes, a couple more Sherlock Holmes.”
At the time, Downey Jr replied: “To me, starting up again is off the table. I feel like I’ve done all I could with that character.” But, he added: “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…We all have to do what [Marvel Studios boss] Kevin Feige says.”
According to a reliable Marvel leaker, bringing back his Iron Man for Avengers Secret Wars is exactly what the MCU chief has planned.
Katherine Langford played an adult Morgan Stark in a deleted scene of Avengers Endgame after Tony made his sacrificial snap, in which she spoke with her father in the Soul Realm.
If the rumour is true then presumably she’ll be back to play Iron Man’s daughter once again and hopefully, this time won’t be left on the cutting room floor.
Avengers The Kang Dynasty hits cinemas on May 2, 2025 and will be followed by Avengers Secret Wars on May 5, 2026.