Robert Downey Jr. might have retired from his role as Marvel’s Iron Man after the Avenger sacrificed his life to save the universe from the hands of Thanos (Josh Brolin) in Avengers: Endgame, but radio host Howard Stern thinks that the actor is becoming more and more like Tony Stark in real life.
Downey Jr. just recently went on an interview on The Howard Stern Show to talk about his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and to talk about various things about the franchise. During the discussion, Stern pointed out that RDJ was becoming more and more like Tony Stark in the past few years. The radio show host pointed out some of the actor’s similarities with Stark, noting Downey Jr’s work with artificial intelligence and his attempts to “save the world” through environmental activism.
However, the actor tries to deny this, saying that he tries to create a distance between himself and his Marvel character.
"Initially, by creating and associating and synergizing with Tony Stark and the Marvel Universe … and being a good company man, but also being a little off-kilter, being creative and getting into all these other partnerships, it was a time when … what do they say? Owners start looking like their pets," Downey explained in the interview.
Fans would love to see Iron Man in Downey Jr. even outside of the MCU, but the actor doesn’t want that. He wants to be his own person even though he loved playing Iron Man.
"I am not my work," the actor went on, "I am not what I did with that studio. I am not that period of time that I spent playing this character. And it sucks because the kid in all of us wants to be like, 'No. It's always going to be summer camp and we're all holding hands and singing 'Kumbaya'.”
As much as Marvel fans would want to see Downey Jr. play Iron Man again, it seems like the actor is ready to take on new challenges outside of the MCU. The actor has Sherlock Holmes 3 to work on for 2021 and then Dolittle for 2020.
Avengers: Endgame is available on Digital HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD.