Robert Downey Jr., who has played Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2008, says there’s always a chance he’ll return as the legendary Avenger.
As reported by CBR.com, Downey Jr. was recently interviewed by Extra for his upcoming film Dolittle, and he offered a silver lining to those who wanted to see him again as Tony Stark.
“Yeah, anything can happen.” However, he later added, âAs far as I’m concerned, I’ve hung up my guns and I’m good to let it go. I also think Marvel is on this journey now where they’re trying a bunch of other things. I can’t wait for them to see how it all goes, it’s hard to project, but we have a lot of other things we want to do.
AHEAD SPOILERS for Avengers: Endgame.
Obviously, Iron Man dies at the end of Avengers: Endgame, sacrificing himself to save the galaxy. So that would most likely mean that he would have to appear in a prequel story or an alternate universe tale.
There have been rumors that Downey Jr. will reprise this iconic role in Marvel Studios’ Black Widow, which takes place shortly after Captain America: Civil War.
Plus, according to Jeff Goldblum, Downey Jr. will at least return to voice Tony Stark in an episode of the Disney + Marvel’s What If … animated series.
For more on Iron Man, find out why the writers of Avengers: Endgame said an Iron Man 4 would have been “one too many” for Marvel, and read Downey Jr.’s thoughts on his “very dark” retirement from the MCU.
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