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RDJ Confirms His Role As Iron Man Is Over

Robert Downey Junior as Tony Stark / Iron Man
I...was...Iron Man.

He started it all for the MCU in 2008. The embattled actor got his sh*t together in order to play a legendary character that famously barely had his sh*t together...and he knocked it out of the park. Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll know Tony Stark as we know him sacrificed himself for the sake of our universe by wielding his own Iron Gauntlet, getting the Infinity Stones & giving the bad guys the ole' razzle dazzle, aka he snapped his finger and brought back all our friends.

IDK why it hit me so hard, maybe it was losing my step-father 6mo prior...but when his character died on-screen, my allergies flared up like nobody's business. He was our MCU papa, and he was gone. It was that moment as well, real comic-lovers across the planet wondered whether it really was the end for Tony because as we know-in the comics the only thing that's certain is taxes. Death can always be ret-conned in comic properties.

On the newest episode of the SmartLess Podcast hosted by Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean Hayes(yep, I didn't know they had a podcast either until now), RDJ confirmed that he will no longer play Iron Man in current MCU continuity. When he was asked about "work/family balance" and Marvel, if he was able to spend more time with family and friends.

"Yeah, that's all done." ...that was literally all he said about it. yeesh.

In each episode of SmartLess, the guest is only known to one of three hosts. Their Apple Podcast bio states "What ensues is a genuinely improvised and authentic conversation filled with laughter and newfound knowledge to feed the SmartLess mind."

Aside from his fairly short attention to the subject, the podcast episode itself is great as they traverse his career, his instinct and his rise back to fame with his role as the billionaire playboy philanthropist adrenaline junkie. It really is a great episode all-in-all and now I'm a subscriber.

The link to the full podcast can be found here: RDJ does the confirmation at about 27:00 in, but I highly recommend listening to the whole episode. Its a great listen.

Who do you think will take up the mantle as Iron Man...or will the Multiverse Of Madness find a way to bring him back and this whole statement is a decoy? Drop a comment below with your theories and guesses as to what will happen.

Paul Brown is the founder of Kulture Popped and dedicated pop culture aficionado.

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