As we’ve all seen through the MCU’s extensive history, even when certain characters meet their ultimate demise, there is never an absolute 0% chance of the hero eventually returning for more projects in another capacity. One of the biggest moments of 2019 has kept this idea in the forefront of our minds for months on end: Tony Stark’s universe-saving sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame. As the founding hero of the entire Infinity Saga and easily the biggest name of the entire 23-movie series thus far, Robert Downey, Jr. was unquestionably the MCU’s biggest loss to date after what ended up as the highest grossing movie of all time. He and his wife sat down with Extra while promoting his new movie Dolittle, and thanks to a report via comicbook.com, he isn’t definitively closing the door on a potential return as the genius/billionaire/playboy/philanthropist.
Yeah, anything could happen. I’m really enjoying… As far as I’m concerned, I hung up my guns and I’m good to let it go. I also think Marvel is on this journey now and they’re trying a bunch of other stuff, and I’m excited for them to see how all that goes. It’s hard to project.
RDJ has made 10 appearances to date in the MCU (starring the entire Iron Man and Avengers franchises along with a cameo in The Incredible Hulk and supporting roles in Captain America: Civil War and Spiderman: Homecoming), but the rumors of him making a potential return have been never-ending since the second he snapped his fingers to defeat Thanos. As we had reported back in November, Jeff Goldblum had made comments implying he may be coming back in the Disney+ animated series What If…?, and although Disney and Marvel both walked those comments back, we have been anxiously waiting to see if there was any truth at all to his potential return. There have also been rumors of seeing him in the new Black Widow movie releasing this May, and even though that would be an enormous secret for Marvel Studios to keep, they have mastered that art to perfection and we can’t rule anything out. All we can do now is play the waiting game.