Robert Downey gained recognition all over the world due to his role as Ironman in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. His final appearance as Iron Man was at Avengers: Endgame, after which fans wondered whether he would ever return to Marvel again. However, it seems that will not be happening.

Reports recently suggested that Robert Downey Jr. would make his return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in a brief role for the fourth Spider-Man film. Fans were excited at the prospect of seeing Downey Jr. again.

However, according to RadarOnline, Robert Downey Jr. won’t return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe after a lot of hype and failing $80 million negotiations, which was unexpected.

The Vice President of Production & Development at Marvel Studios, Stephen Broussard, broke the news, revealing that options for Tony Stark to come back “aren’t on the table” after the superhero character died in Avengers: Endgame.


“I think one of the meta-narratives of Phase Four was about new characters. It was about new people stepping into mantles,” Broussard told io9 when asked how Marvel plans to connect Phase Five to Phase Four.

“If you look at, like, Cassie [Lang in Quantumania] getting a suit and Kate Bishop [in Hawkeye], new characters being introduced like Jack in Werewolf by Night,” he continued. “After these first 10 years of Marvel storytelling, torches are being passed, like with Robert Downey Jr. no longer being [on the] table and stuff like that.

“So it was kind of like a new generation stepping to the forefront which, again, has always happened in the comics.”

It was reported producers were hoping for Downey to return in the 2026-planned Avengers: Secret Wars, but he was holding out for $80 million and a stake in the film’s profits. It was added that the studio was pushing back on negotiations.

“Robert is a businessman and only asks for what he considers proportionate to what he’s offering,” an insider shared. “He and his people know he’s integral to the franchise.

“The rule with any Marvel Studios project that has Robert in it is that it will take forever to make the deals.

If this deal can close in less than six months,” the source continued, “Marvel has a good shot at announcing it at San Diego Comic Con in July.”

It is certainly said to see that Robert Downey Jr. will not be making his return as Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Regardless, the MCU will move forward with their plans and that’s all that matters.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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