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Recasting Could Be The Solution For The Return Of RDJ’s Iron Man

By Abraham George
February 5,2022

The MCU has been an ever-growing storyline drawn by the biggest comic geniuses at Marvel Studios. The World of Marvel still is as fresh, running various stories of their heroes and having to deal with the consequences of their actions.

One character whose story ended that still reverbs today is the death of Tony Stark.

The Marvel Universe had its biggest drama unfold with Avengers: Endgame in 2019. Though, it didn’t conclude the MCU, it ended a decade of a phase in storytelling. The movie did introduce the motivation for new stories and the time to end some.

Although Tony Stark has died, the MCU is still relying on his character to set off new events in Phase 4, suggesting that the only way to move forward is to recast Iron Man. According to the Spider-Man: No Way Home scriptwriters, Marvel is trying to move on from Iron Man.

The Return Of The Prodigal Son?

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man

However, a number of Phase 4 MCU films and shows, such as The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, and Spider-Man: No Way Home, have made references to Iron Man. Armor Wars and Ironheart are two upcoming series that will focus on Tony Stark’s legacy.

This suggests that the MCU isn’t done with one of its most beloved characters yet.

Robert Downey Jr., on the other hand, has finished his run as Iron Man. RDJ stepped down from his role as Tony Stark after 11 appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

For the sake of Stark, RDJ is now focusing on projects outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even his co-stars from The Avengers were unfollowed by RDJ as a sign of his departure from the Marvel universe.

The events of the first three Phases of the MCU were so heavily influenced by Iron Man that ignoring him as a presence would not work.

When it comes to shaping the Avengers and advancing MCU technology, mentioning him will only enhance his eerie presence in the franchise.

Endgame Was The End

Ironman

Endgame gave a soft ending

Endgame’s deaths were final, unlike those of Infinity War, which had a finite number of lives. That’s one of the many reasons why the Marvel Cinematic Universe is so impressive.

Before the blip, Thanos killed a number of other superheroes, putting an end to their careers for good.

At the beginning of the movie, he killed Loki by sacrificing Gamora. In Endgame, Marvel resurrected both of those characters, as well as others from alternate universes. Tony Stark is almost certainly coming back, and the studio did the same thing with Thanos.

Audiences were moved to tears by the performance’s raw emotion. Finally, one of the MCU’s most important characters came to a close with a satisfying conclusion to his story.

This is a big problem for the MCU because it has lost one of its strongest defenders, Iron Man. However, his death in Avengers: Endgame does not rule out future appearances of Iron Man in the MCU.

RDJ’s performance in the role is crucial, but there are other actors who could do a good job of portraying Stark. In the animated series, What If…?, Mick Wingert portrayed Iron Man.

With live-action Iron Man, Marvel could explore the MCU’s characters in a new light. Speculation about the next Iron Man is already afoot, thanks to the MCU’s inclusion of multiple universes.

The Multiverse As The Vessel For Tony

Iron Man Whatif

Iron Man Versions in What If?…

Iron Man can now be recast in the MCU thanks to the introduction of the multiverse. Within a single season of the show, Loki first explained the multiverse concept to the MCU and then unleashed it upon existence.

There are two things Loki has made clear. First and foremost, it introduced and defined the multiverse-

Marvel’s ability to produce more than a better story arc for the same character was also shown through this storyline.

Actor Tom Hiddleston was able to portray an entirely new Loki, one that was never seen in the films.

With Kang on the scene, things are only getting worse. In Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, we’ll presumably see more of him.

When a new Gamora joins the gang in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, we can expect to see even more variations. To top it all off, there are countless appearances for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. By the way, Tony Stark from Iron Man is rumored to make a cameo appearance.

The multiverse was shown to be fracturing in Spider-Man: No Way Home, allowing people from other timelines to enter the main MCU timeline.

This allowed the MCU to feature characters from Spider-previous Man’s incarnations, including Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin, Alfred Molina as Otto Octavius, and both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as other Peter Parkers, as well as other Spider-Mans.

Similar to the MCU introducing a different Tony Stark from another universe, the Marvel Cinematic Universe could also introduce a different Tony Stark from another universe.

Dr. Strange: The Multiverse of Madness underwent extensive reshoots in order to improve the plot and add additional cast members.

There were “too few Easter eggs” in the film, according to Marvel execs. No Way Home and Doctor Strange 2 are sure to have a slew of celebrity cameos, and we can’t wait to see them all.

‘Cruise’ing In A New Tony

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The speculation for Marvel’s next Iron Man is still going on.

Many fans believe that Marvel cast Tom Cruise as an alternate Tony Stark in Doctor Strange: The Multiverse of Madness, according to an article in Inside the Magic.

Some fans have already started making art depicting what Cruise would look like as Iron Man, despite the fact that Cruise has not confirmed this rumour.

Prior to RDJ, Cruise was being considered for the role of Iron Man, but he declined the role.

If Marvel can keep using the character without detracting from RDJ’s Iron Man legacy by casting someone else, then it may be a smart move for them to do so.

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