Robert Downey Jr. will return as Tony Stark in Black Widow Movie
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Robert Downey Jr. Will Return as Tony Stark for Black Widow Movie

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BY April 27, 2020

Perhaps the single climax of the Infinity Saga came when Tony Stark snapped his fingers to obliterate Thanos and his alien army. This heroic act claimed the life of the MCU’s first hero. It also inspired his peers to pay him tribute in a beautiful deleted scene from Avengers: Endgame. Yet, like a cowboy in love, he can’t quit the MCU. Robert Downey Jr. will return as Tony Stark in Black Widow, the prequel to Infinity War set to debut in May of 2020. Just how he will show up and what he will do remains a mystery, but the information comes after Downey won best actor in a film at this weekend’s 45th Annual Saturn Awards. Endgame took home the best comic-to-film award. Josh Brolin also won best supporting actor for his turn as the titan Thanos.

Zendaya, star of HBO’s Euphoria and MJ in the Spider-Man films, took home the best actress prize, as well. Her co-star, Tom Holland, took home a prize for the third year in a row for his version of Peter Parker. Endgame also took home prizes for editing, visual effects, and production design. Still, while the awards are nice and well-deserved, the news that Tony Stark will appear in a new MCU movie is exciting. The question now remains if this will truly be his last appearance, and what role the character will play in the film.

What This Means for Black Widow’s Story

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Black Widow: Robert Downey Jr. will return as Tony Stark

The news that Robert Downey Jr. will return as Tony Stark might seem strange, especially since both he and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow are both dead. Yet, as mentioned at the MCU Phase 4 panel at Comic-Con, this film is a prequel to Infinity War and Endgame. Specifically, this film takes place between Captain America: Civil War and the Avengers films. Thus, it makes sense that Tony Stark might show up. Remember, Black Widow was on Team Iron Man at first, but eventually she sided with Captain America. She also became a part of his “secret” Avengers team.

An appearance from Tony Stark means that the two characters can address her playing both sides. And, let’s face it, it will just be nice to see Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark again. Though it’s unclear if he will play a significant role like in Spider-Man: Homecoming or if he will return simply for a cameo.

How do you think Robert Downey Jr. will return as Tony Stark? Do you even think he should? I want to hear your best argument, for or against, in the comments below or on social media!

Featured image via Marvel Studios


Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.

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