Nowadays, it’s onerous to have a look at Robert Downey Jr. and never take into consideration Iron Man and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as he was a part of it from the very starting, and since he is solely appeared in 5 non-Marvel films over the previous decade, a few of which have been simply cameos. The MCU kicked off in 2008 with Iron Man, starring Downey because the eponymous hero, and has since produced over 20 films, with much more at present in growth.
Iron Man was the hero who began all of it, and Downey reprised his position for 9 extra films, together with his cameo in The Incredible Hulk and his look in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Downey’s time within the MCU got here to an finish with Avengers: Endgame, which marked the tip of the arc of Iron Man by giving him a really heroic loss of life. Downey is reportedly showing in yet one more Marvel film (Black Widow, in 2020), and after that he can be free to participate in as many alternative initiatives as he pleases – and undoubtedly greater than he has executed within the final decade.
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Downey’s movie credit within the final 10 years are principally Marvel properties: Iron Man 2 and 3, the 4 Avengers films, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Spider-Man: Far From Home, though he solely appeared on this one by archive footage. Outside the world of superheroes, Downey took half in 5 films, out of which two have been in cameo roles. The first one was Todd Phillips’ Due Date, in 2010, alongside Zach Galifianakis, through which Downey performed Peter Highman, an architect who has to get throughout the nation in time for the start of his baby, however is pressured to road-trip with an aspiring actor (Galifianakis). Next was Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, the place he performed the well-known detective Sherlock Holmes and which left viewers with an enormous cliffhanger, ready to be solved within the close to future.
Following Iron Man 3, Downey had a cameo in Jon Favreau’s Chef, after which went on to star in The Judge, which he additionally produced. In it, he performed Hank Palmer, an excellent but shady legal professional who goes again to his hometown after studying that his mom handed away, and the strain between him and his father, Judge Joseph Palmer (Robert Duvall), reemerges. After that, Downey had an uncredited, semi-hidden cameo in Shane Black’s The Nice Guys, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling. Downey “played” the physique of Sid Shattuck, discovered by Gosling’s character at a celebration.
Downey already has some initiatives ready to be launched and in growth that aren’t a part of the Marvel universe. He stars within the fantasy journey comedy Dolittle as veterinarian Dr. John Dolittle, to be launched in early 2020, and is a part of Jamie Foxx’s sports activities comedy All-Star Weekend. Perhaps essentially the most thrilling title amongst his upcoming initiatives is Sherlock Holmes 3, as followers have been ready for years to know the way he survived the Reichenbach Fall on this model (and the way Watson goes to react). The finish of Robert Downey Jr.’s time within the MCU doesn’t imply the viewers gained’t get to see extra of him – he’s simply going to alter genres and characters any longer.