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Robert Downey Jr. Talks Leaving the MCU

July 4, 2017

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Robert Downey Jr. will be reprising his role as Tony Stark for the eight time in the upcoming SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING, and currently he seems to have the same amount of time like Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Counting The Russo brothers’ upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movies, Downey Jr. will have a total of 10 appearances. However, Downey Jr. spoke to Australia’s News.com and might’ve teased that he could be leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe soon.

“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 Russos, who I adore. 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 [MCU 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.”

Marvel’s President Kevin Feige has already confirmed that several characters will die during their fight against Thanos in the upcoming Avengers, it remains to be seen whether Downey’s Tony Stark could still find his way back somehow. After all, word is that Downey only filmed for three days to complete his part in Homecoming, which was cleverly spread out over the film’s runtime to give Stark more of a presence.

Following his debut in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland reprises his role as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Thrilled by the experience with the Avengers in Civil War, HOMECOMING finds Peter Parker returning home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine– distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man– but when The Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Also starring Zendaya, Jon Favreau, Donald Glover and Tyne Daly.

Directed by Jon Watts from a script by Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley, Watts & Christopher Ford, and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers. Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal produce. Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Jeremy Latchman and Stan Lee executive produce.

Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7.

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