Since the release of Iron Man in 2008, Robert Downey Jr has ruled over millions of hearts with his portrayal of the “Genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist” Tony Stark. And when he bid adieu to his superhero avatar in the widely anticipated Avengers Endgame earlier this year in one of the most heart-wrenching scenes ever, fans had lost all hopes of seeing their favourite character ever again, but looks like the Marvel Studio is all ready to grant us our wishes!
Downey Jr. had won this year’s Saturn Award for Best Actor in a Film owing to his portrayal of Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man who ‘supposedly’ made his final appearance in the Avengers: Endgame which saw his character, defeat Thanos and save the world by sacrificing himself.
Last month, in an interview with the fall issue of Disney twenty-three magazine, Downey Jr had talked at length about his and Chris Evan’s Captain America’s exit from the MCU and how it was all fitting. “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,” he shared. “There’s something very sobering about it. I’m glad he and I will be there to welcome others as they retire their jerseys.”
His words broke millions of hearts (mine included), but looks like he had everyone fooled. News is that the actor is all set to reprise his role as the enigmatic Iron Man in the upcoming prequel Black Widow which will be starting the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In a detailed article, covering the coveted Saturn Awards event last weekend, is where you’ll find this interesting tidbit. Reporting on the award winners, Deadline’s Geoff Boucher shared the wonderful news that “Robert Downey Jr. will be seen in the role of Stark one more time, however, in the Marvel prequel ‘Black Widow’ in May 2020.”
Initiating the next phase in the MCU, “Black Widow” has a tentative release date of summer 2020. In the Avengers Endgame, we saw Scarlett Johnsson’s character, Natasha Romanoff and Iron Man die in their attempts to save the world from annihilation at the hands of Thanos. So, in this prequel, written by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson, is all set to take place after the events of Captain America: Civil War.
And it is only fitting that Iron Man will be popping up in the upcoming film as since Iron Man 2, both the characters had shared a long-standing partnership, cemented by their sacrifices in the last Avenger film.
Earlier this year, the official poster of Black Widow was unveiled which gave us a peek at the first look of the characters Red Guardian, played by David Harbour, and Yelena, which will be portrayed on-screen by Florence Pugh. Actors like Rachel Weisz, O-T Fagbenle, Ray Winstone, Olivier Richters, and of course, Scarlett Johansson makes up the rest of the cast.
Black Widow is the first standalone film featuring the popular Russian spy, Natasha Romanoff, a project that took Marvel Studios 10 years to approve.
The prequel is directed by filmmaker Cate Shortland, known for films like “Lore” and “Somersault” and will explore her life Natasha Romanoff’s before she teamed up with the Avengers, making a switch from being a deadly spy to superhero, and what exactly happened after Romanoff allowed Captain America and Bucky Barnes to escape in Civil War.