Marvel president Kevin Feige addresses huge Robert Downey Jr. rumour

Marvel president Kevin Feige addresses huge Robert Downey Jr. rumour
  • PublishedDecember 5, 2023

Bad news, Marvel fans.

It looks like Robert Downey Jr. will not be coming back as Iron Man, despite recent rumours.

Marvel head Kevin Feige denied the rumours to Vanity Fair in a recent profile of the actor, claiming that the studio “would never” want to undo the character’s impactful end.

“We are going to keep that moment and not touch that moment again,” Feige said, referring to how Tony Stark was killed off in Avengers: Endgame. “We all worked very hard for many years to get to that, and we would never want to magically undo it in any way.”

Endgame director Joe Russo also weighed in and confirmed the same, definitively stating that Endgame was “the last time” Downey Jr. would ever have to don the Iron Man suit.

“We’d already said tearful goodbyes on the last day of shooting,” Russo said. “Everybody had moved on emotionally. We promised him it would be the last time we made him do it — ever.”

Robert Downey Jr. will never again don the Iron Man suit.

President of Production at Marvel Studios Kevin Feige dismissed the recent rumours. Picture: AAP Image/Yonhap News Agency

President of Production at Marvel Studios Kevin Feige dismissed the recent rumours. Picture: AAP Image/Yonhap News Agency

This puts an end to recent claims that Marvel execs were trying to bring Downey and Scarlett Johansson back to the franchise, despite the fact that both of their characters had been killed off in Endgame.

According to a recent report from Variety, Marvel Studios was allegedly exploring multiple options for how to move forward without Jonathan Majors after his arrest. They considered bringing back the original Avengers, but the report noted that the studio hadn’t “committed to the idea” yet.

The Avengers.

The Avengers.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Feige also revealed that the studio wasn’t sure about casting Downey Jr. for the role, given his past.

“It purely came down to the Marvel board being nervous at putting all of their chips in their future films on somebody who famously had those legal troubles in the past,” Feige said. “I wasn’t very good — and I’m still not great — at taking no for an answer. But I also don’t pound my chest to try to get my way. I try to figure out ways to make it as clear to other people why we should head in a direction.”

He explained that they ultimately agreed after Downey Jr. did a screen test. Though Downey Jr. did a spectacular job embodying the swaggering billionaire, he maintains that they are not the same person — despite what everyone may think.

“I ain’t him, I’ll tell you that flat out,” he previously told his Vanity Fair profiler, writer Anthony Breznican, in 2018.

“I’m just a f**king actor. I’m just a guy — who does have a very interesting past, who does not regret it, who wished to shut the door on it. I think that that translates.”

SOURCE: NEWS.COM

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