Robert Downey Jr. has typically made it clear that he has no intention to return to the position of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, after his character’s heroic loss of life in 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. Now, because of a brand new chapter within the MCU, we all know — narratively talking — why his character can’t return. Warning: Spoilers to comply with the latest episode of What If…?
While Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t lend his voice to What If… Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead of His Hands — Disney+’s newest episode of What If…? — the story winds up being reasonably related to his Marvel character’s story. In the alternate timeline introduced within the assault, Stephen Strange’s love curiosity Dr. Christine Palmer is within the automotive when he has his fateful crash. Rather than Strange shedding the usage of his fingers, Dr. Palmer dies. Strange nonetheless, seek out the assistance of the Ancient One in Kamar-taj.
Many of the remainders of the occasions of 2016’s Doctor Strange appear to unfold predictably till Strange will get the concept to use the Time Stone to resurrect Christine.
As ScreenRant factors out, narratively talking, the episode goes on to show why we’ll by no means see Robert Downey Jr. retake the skies as Iron Man. Strange repeatedly goes, attempting quite a few strategies to avoid wasting Christine, and nothing works. He drives extra rigorously, takes a unique route, chooses not to take the drive in any respect, but every time, Christine dies. The Ancient One seems, explaining that Christine’s loss of life is an “absolute fixed point in time” — in different phrases, her loss of life can’t be undone. It doesn’t matter what Strange does, or else the universe itself will unravel.
If there are absolute mounted closing dates in Marvel’s multiverse, then the loss of life of Robert Downey Jr.’s iconic hero has to be one in every one of them. Tony Stark should die for the prime timeline of the MCU to exist. In most chance, as ScreenRant factors out, that is in all probability additionally why the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) can’t carry Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) again from the useless in Avengers: Endgame regardless of having all six Infinity Stones below his command.
Narratively talking, after all, we discover out what occurs if these remaining mounted factors of time are one way or the other modified. Strange’s obsession pushes him to soak up the power from numerous highly effective otherworldly entities till he can undo Christine’s loss of life, however sadly, he undoes his universe within the course of. By the tip of the episode, he and Christine are the one issues left of their universe, enclosed in a giant purple jeweled construction, and ultimately, Christine fades away.
In the case of Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson being knocked freed from their “fixed points” in time, the implications would doubtless be a lot much less disastrous and encompass contract negotiations.
Long earlier than Endgame, Robert Downey Jr. was clear about his intention to depart the MCU behind.
However, that hasn’t stopped interviewers from asking about it reasonably typically. In one instance, talking on the SmartLess podcast, Downey requested his Marvel work by fellow actor Jason Bateman. Downey responded succinctly, “Yeah, that’s all done.”