Robert Downey, Jr. Plans To Quit The MCU In Good Shape

Posted 2017/07/05 2645 0

Robert Downey Jr. has opened up about his possible retirement from playing Iron Man in the MCU.


The actor, whose first Iron Man film was what kicked off the MCU in 2008, has played the “genius, billionaire, philanthropist” Tony Stark a total of seven times with his latest outing being in the Tom Holland-starrer, Spider-Man: Homecoming as Peter Parker’s reluctant mentor. Downey Jr. recently made headlines when he revealed he would retire the Iron suit before it became embarrassing for him and in a new interview featured on Good Morning America, Downey Jr. was asked how many more Marvel films we can expect him to appear in when he explained:

“It’s like with a team if you’re going to hang up your jersey, you want to make sure the team is in good shape and they can still compete at a high level because ultimately that’s what made the whole thing worth doing anyways.”

Downey is making his seventh appearance as Tony Stark in Spider-Man: Homecoming and will make his eighth appearance in Avengers: Infinity War in 2019. It is assumed that he will return for the fourth Avengers movie in 2019. His future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after that remains uncertain. It is difficult to imagine MCU without Downey Jr. since he’s the one who has been there in the entirety of its existence. But at some point, he will have to walk away from the character, not because he’s no longer effective or that he has lost interest in the role, but because it’s time for the MCU to move on from its pioneering hero to make way for new ones. All that we hope is that his exit route will be nothing short of fitting.

In May 2017, a survey from Fandango indicated that Homecoming was the second-most anticipated summer blockbuster behind Wonder Woman. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 92% based on 98 reviews, with an average rating of 7.5/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Spider-Man: Homecoming does whatever a second reboot can, delivering a colorful, fun adventure that fits snugly in the sprawling MCU without getting bogged down in franchise-building." Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 73 out of 100, based on 30 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". The film will be released in the United States on July 7, 2017.