Robert Downey Jr. has become part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s core. He was the first cast as a part of the universe when he was hired for Iron Man to play Tony Stark. He has since appeared in several MCU films, including The Avengers, Captain America: Civil War, and, most recently, Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Speaking with News.com.au, Robert Downey Jr. said that he’d essentially like to retire from the MCU “before it becomes embarrassing.”
“Everyone says to me it’s like a glove that fits so well. I have to start over every time but I am starting over with a pretty solid base. I just never want to blow it for the last six or seven [movies] I have done by dropping the ball because I decided to go do it one more time. I just want to hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing.”
Although that ultimately makes sense, and let’s face it, no one wants to do these movies forever, Robert Downey Jr. cites the reasons behind why he’s continued to come back: the people he works with.
“It’s this cyclical thing I could have said when the first Avengers came out: ‘It’s never going to get any better than that. Everybody stop’. But to me it’s always about people and opportunities, like the (Avengers directors Anthony and Joe) Russos, who I adore.”
Perhaps this could mean that Robert Downey Jr. will be done with the MCU after Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, but that is simply speculation since the next phase will begin after that and the actor won’t be appearing in the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel.
Until then, we still have a couple of MCU movies to look forward to that include Downey Jr. before all is said and done.