Avengers: Endgame was a highly emotional affair. Not only did it see the death of Iron Man after a gruelling and epic battle with Thanos, Captain America decided to go back in time, get married to the love of his life, grow old and pass on his shield to his good friend Sam Wilson. While there are more MCU movies in the pipeline, the loss of Iron Man and Cap’s retirement truly marks the end of an era.
In a new issue of Disney twenty-three magazine (via Comicbook.com), Robert Downey Jr, the brilliant actor who played Iron Man since 2008 talked about how Endgame was the perfect time for them to get off the train and let the mega-franchise go in new and different directions. He said:
“We had to get off. We opted to, and knew it was part of the job to get off the bus while it rolled on to other destinations. There’s something very sobering about it. I’m glad he and I will be there to welcome others as they retire their jerseys.”
Robert Downey Jr also took the opportunity to praise his co-stars Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk) and Chris Evans, basically calling them gems of human beings.
“I really don’t need to look any farther than my co-stars. Mark Ruffalo is an activist, Chris Evans is a diehard American and proponent of true democracy. I don’t really have the gumption, the skill set, the drive, or the humility either of those guys do.”
When we think of actors that were born to play a comic book character, we think of Hugh Jackman’s work as Logan and we also think of Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark. Since 2008, Robert Downey Jr has delivered one stellar performance after another in the MCU, bringing not just charisma to the table but also nuance and vulnerability. Over the past few months, there have been a ton of push for RDJ to receive an Oscar nomination for his work in Avengers: Endgame.