Actor Robert Downey Jr. will be back to voice Tony Stark aka Iron Man in Marvel Studios' What If...? - that's according to Jeff Goldblum. The MCU's inaugural hero bowed out of the universe in Joe and Anthony Russo's Avengers: Endgame. In the movie, he met his poetic death by sacrificing himself to ensure the safety of the universe from Thanos (Josh Brolin) and his minions' threats. However, it seems like it won't be that long until fans get to see him reprise him the role - at least, this time in an animated series.
What If...?, which was announced during Marvel Studios' San Diego Comic-Con panel, will imagine how things would've panned out if certain key events in The Infinity Saga went down differently. Coming exclusively to Disney+, the show won't have any impact on the established MCU canon. Despite this, it allows the series creative freedom to tackle interesting scenarios like Peggy Carter as Captain America; Bucky fighting off zombie Captain America; skinny Steve Rogers essentially becoming Iron Man; and T'Challa assuming the role of Star-Lord rather than Peter Quill - all of which was teased on Expanding the Universe. Jeffrey Wright, on the other hand, will play the show's narrator, Uatu aka The Watcher. However, one unannounced episode is reportedly bringing back Downey as Stark.
In a recent Buzzfeed interview, Goldblum talked about reprising his role as The Grandmaster in What If...? and as he recalled recording his part, he revealed that Downey is set to voice Iron Man in the same episode. Thor: Ragnarok and Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi, also joins them as Korg. Sadly, he didn't reveal any plot specifics about the episode.
Hey. Well, we’re talking about it in fact. You know, I hope so. I love Taika Waititi. He’s a great director and a friend of mine. So I hope so, but I played the part again a couple of days ago. I went to the Disney Studios and I recorded the Grandmaster’s voice for an episode of a show that’s going to be on Disney+ called What If…? where it’s an animated version of all the characters we know and love from Marvel. And this episode included the Grandmaster and Iron Man, so Robert Downey will do a voice in that. And Korg, Taika Waititi, had already recorded his voice for that. So yeah, I enjoyed it for a couple of hours. I enjoyed doing that again. So the Grandmaster is well.
Goldblum and Waititi are among the 25 confirmed MCU actors voicing their roles for What If...?, but it's worth noting that Marvel Studios have yet to announce that Downey is also involved in the animated series. Given this, it's for the best that fans wait for an official information before getting attached to the notion that the actor is reprising the genius, billionaire character in the show. In the event that this is actually the case, the idea of all three hilarious characters from the universe with different brands of humor uniting is already interesting.
Endgame beautifully wrapped up Stark's MCU journey with Downey permanently hanging up his superhero suit. Given this, many assumed it would at least take a while before the actor reprises the role if Marvel Studios still has some story for him. However, considering that What If...? is separated from the universe, his supposed return won't have any impact to how Iron Man's narrative ended. In any case, the animated series won't be out until Summer 2021 so a significant amount of time will have passed since Downey's outing, so this might actually work.
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