Marvel Star Robert Downey Jr. Feels Overlooked in Career-defining Role as Iron Man

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robert Downey Jr., known for his iconic role as Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, believes his work as Iron Man has been overlooked in the film industry. In a recent interview on Rob Lowe’s “Literally!” podcast, Downey expressed his opinion that his Marvel tenure was intentionally ignored “because of the genre.”

Since his debut as Iron Man in 2008, Downey has reprised the role in numerous sequels and team-up movies. However, he feels that his performances were not given the recognition they deserved. Some critics and fans have focused more on his recent work in films like “Oppenheimer,” leading to the belief that Marvel held him back until now.

Downey’s post-Marvel project, “Dolittle,” received a negative reception and lackluster box office performance. Discussing the film, he admitted to feeling exposed after being protected by the Marvel franchise for so long. Despite the disappointment, Downey acknowledged that the experience made him more teachable.

Recently, Downey won a Golden Globe for his supporting role in “Oppenheimer.” He is also expected to receive an Oscar nomination in the same category. With his upcoming projects, including HBO’s “The Sympathizer” and Shane Black’s “Play Dirty,” it is clear that Downey has no plans to return to the Marvel universe anytime soon.

Speculation arose last year that Marvel was considering a reunion of the original Avengers to reignite interest in the franchise. However, neither Kevin Feige nor Scarlett Johansson provided clear answers when questioned about it. If a sequel like “Avengers: Secret Wars” were to happen, it might be the perfect opportunity for Downey to make a cameo and have his previous Marvel appearances recognized alongside his other work.

In conclusion, Robert Downey Jr. believes that his work as Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been intentionally overlooked by the film industry. Despite his contributions to the franchise, Downey feels that his performances have not received the attention they deserve. Moving forward, he is focused on his upcoming projects and does not have any plans to return to Marvel at this time.