Robert Downey Jr. Set To Return To The Marvel Cinematic Universe Next Year

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By the time the credits on Avengers: Endgame rolled, fans were already beginning to come to terms with the fact that their favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero, Iron Man, would not longer be apart of the beloved franchise going forward.

But while Tony Stark may not be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s future, that does not mean he can’t still be a part of the MCU’s past.

In what appears to be a throwaway line in a Deadline report about the 45th Annual Saturn Awards at the Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles, the report states that “Downey will be seen in the role of Stark one more time, however, in the Marvel prequel Black Widow in May 2020.”

The finale installment of the Marvel big-screen saga was named best comic-to-film release. Robert Downey Jr.’s swan song performance as Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, in Endgame earned him the best actor in a film award. (Downey will be seen in the role of Stark one more time, however, in the Marvel prequel Black Widow in May 2020.) [Deadline]

Considering the MCU’s ability to seamlessly bounce between decades, it’s no surprise that Downey Jr’s Tony Stark is set to make an appearance in Black Widow, which will reportedly be set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, according to Marvel Studios.

While it’s kind of surprising that Marvel Studios is going back to the Iron Man well so soon, — by the time Black Widow comes out on May 1, 2020, Avengers: Endgame will have only been out for a year — fans, myself included, will likely have no complaints in seeing the godfather of the MCU make a triumphant return.

Black Widow, which stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov / Red Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova / Black Widow, and Rachel Weisz as Melina / Black Widow, will hit theaters in the United States on Friday, October 1.


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