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Only One MCU Project Can Bring Back RDJ’s Iron Man

By Ishita Chatterjee
February 2,2022

We first saw Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man in 2008. And from then onwards, he was the MCU’s centerpiece in Phases 1, 2, and 3. Tony Stark was one of the leaders of the Avengers, and he participated in the storylines of other characters as well.

The most notable one of these is Spider-Man, of course. Apart from physically appearing in the movies of other characters, his Stark technology has been used in various movies unrelated to Iron Man in the MCU.

Tony’s legacy and his tech will live on in the MCU, but the man behind the armor can’t come back unless it’s for one particular character.

Iron Man’s Death Can’t Be Undone

Iron Man's death in Avengers Endgame

Iron Man’s death in Avengers Endgame

Iron Man’s death in Avengers: Endgame is one of the most pivotal and powerful moments of the MCU to date. It’s also an important moment in the grand scheme of things since it marked Thanos’ defeat.

More importantly, Tony’s death is the perfect conclusion to the decade-long arc of the MCU character. And it had deep implications for characters close to him, like, Spider-Man and Captain America.

Basically, his death was profound and had weight. So undoing his death would be a logistical nightmare and would cheapen the entire impact of it. It’s clearly a tragic fate for the character, but for now, it’s an event that’s permanent.

We even saw it in the What If…? The animated series that saw Iron Man’s death was rehashed in 5 different ways. But if Marvel wanted Iron Man to return once more, the only way to do so would be in a storyline about Morgan Stark, his daughter.

Iron Man Can Return In A Morgan Stark Project

Morgan Stark in Avengers Endgame

Morgan Stark in Avengers Endgame

Avengers: Endgame is a movie with weight and darkness. But Morgan Stark is one of the few bright spots in it as well as in Tony’s life.

The line “I love you 3000” became a part of pop culture, and it’s possible that down the road, we will get to see her story one day. But for her story to be made, Tony Stark would have to appear in flashbacks or through some vision.

But using such tactics can be difficult. For now, there’s no way to say how much of a role Tony Stark’s daughter will play in the future of MCU. However, there was a deleted Endgame scene with Katherine Langford as older Morgan Stark during a vision Tony saw in the Soul World.

The scene was later cut due to story issues and also because it was probably confusing for test audiences. But it’s possible that Langford could show up down the road. So if Morgan Stark came back, they will have to bring RDJ as Tony Stark, even if it’s just for flashback appearances.

As such, audiences would be able to see him again, and Marvel wouldn’t have to undo his death as well. However, it’s also necessary that the MCU keeps moving forward instead of idling around Iron Man’s death.

Dominique Thorne will play Ironheart

Dominique Thorne will play Ironheart

If a Morgan Stark story is done, it will have to carefully balance Tony’s appearances so that it doesn’t overshadow her story. After all, Iron Man’s legacy will cast a long shadow over his child.

But these are purely hypothetical scenarios coming out of a fan’s brain. In reality, it’s unlikely that RDJ will come back to the MCU. Also, Marvel doesn’t want Iron Man to return, and there seem to be no plans to make a Morgan Stark project anytime soon.

However, if Marvel does ever consider telling Morgan’s story, then that’s one way Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man will be able to return without damaging the MCU’s continuity.

For now, Riri Williams is going to be Ironheart, and she will be seen in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever first before getting her own Disney+ show. And who knows, we might get to see RDJ’s Iron Man there before any other show.

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