When Robert Downey Jr was cast to play Tony Stark in the 2008 film Iron Man, not many had huge expectations of him to play the billionaire superhero. However, Downey Jr exceeded all expectations.

He played the iconic character in 10 Marvel movies, starting with Iron Man. Downey Jr’s journey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe came to an end when he sacrificed his life to kill Thanos and his army in Avengers: Endgame.

Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man

Despite being more than four years since Downey Jr’s on-screen death, fans have always wondered if he will one day make a huge return as Iron Man. With that being said, here are six ways that Robert Downey Jr can return to the MCU despite his death in Avengers: Endgame.

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In the comics, Tony Stark created an artificial intelligence of himself as a genius move to leave a part of himself behind even if his body no longer worked. The brilliant inventor sent the A.I. version of himself to Riri Williams (Ironheart).

Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man

The storyline piqued Marvel fans’ interest as it could have been a great way to bring Downey Jr back into the mix. Unfortunately, the dream won’t become a reality.

Marvel’s upcoming Ironheart miniseries has cast Lyric Ross as Riri’s best friend. It sadly shuts the door on this theory about Downey’s Jr comeback to Marvel.

Marvel has been highly interested in the concept of multiverse over the last few years. If a storyline featuring a different Iron Man from another universe gets green-lit at Marvel, it could fulfill the dream of bringing back Robert Downey Jr.

After all, the concept has already been tried and tested in Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The audience saw an epic saga of multiple variants of Dr. Stephen Strange in the movie.

Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man

Additionally, Marvel has also shown this in their TV show, Loki. So, if Downey Jr agrees to a new contract with the MCU in the future, a multiverse variant of the superhero could be the best bet to bring him back.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has left no stone unturned in terms of providing sheer entertainment to the audience. It was none other than Tony Stark who figured out the concept of time travel in Avengers: Endgame.

The Avengers used it to travel back in time on multiple instances to collect the Infinity Stones. However, a huge drawback to traveling in time is that it creates multiple timelines.

But it can still be used to bring back the fan-favorite Iron Man to the MCU in the future. However, as of now, there’s no confirmation of this storyline being used by Marvel.

There are times when a Marvel movie or TV show takes the help of flashbacks to refresh the audience’s memories about a past incident.

While the past event has already taken place, it’s technically a return for Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man. Sure, it’s not the best way to bring back the beloved character, but it’s definitely better than nothing.

Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man

Marvel may use flashbacks in their upcoming projects, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.

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The technology that Marvel characters use is highly advanced. But even with such amazing tech, it’s nearly impossible to resurrect Tony Stark.

But one way to ensure that Robert Downey Jr returns as Iron Man in Marvel is to collect the Infinity Stones and bring back Stark.

Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man

While the method is theoretically plausible, it will require some characters to travel back in time and get back the Infinity Stones to wish for Stark’s resurrection.

Following the events of Avengers: Infinity War, there was a 22-day gap before Avengers: Endgame began. During this time, Tony Stark was stranded with Nebula in space for over 20 days.

After Stark’s return to Earth, he explodes in anger at Captain America for essentially leaving him alone. The movie then takes a massive five-year time skip before the true story of Avengers: Endgame starts.

Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man

A series or movie set in that time period around Tony Stark’s life would be a great way to finally see Robert Downey Jr don the role of Iron Man in the MCU.

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 Robert Downey Jr died in Avengers: Endgame after his iconic snap to eradicate Thanos and his army following a five-year timeskip.  Read More