With the MCU all set to get an all-new new Captain America, will we also get an all-new Iron Man? Well, we can all agree that Robert Downey Jr.’s shoes are surely unfillable, but his suits are not.
Kevin Feige had recently confirmed that the real Mandarin would return to the MCU. All the fans have wanted to see Iron Man take on the real Mandarin and they had been super upset to see that Trevor Slattery had been a stage actor. However, with Iron Man’s enemy now coming in, one can suspect that there will be a new Iron Man who will step in.
One option could be Ty Simpkins’ character, Harley Keener. Avengers: Endgame had brought in a surprise cameo with the young kid from the movie, Iron Man 3 at the funeral. This little boy had grown up and although we are not sure if he will have a future in the MCU, we can assume that he will play a version of Iron Lad. A Young Avengers film is maybe being developed and it may require an Iron Lad. What would be great is that Simpkins may want to take the opportunity if it is given to him. When he had been asked by IGN if he would want to play the role of Iron Lad, he said,
“Yes, one-hundred percent. I would love that!”
We then have Riri Williams. Last year, we had heard a few rumours for an Iron Heart story, and maybe the next Iron Man might not be a guy. However, let us not bet all our money on this option.
Let us now move onto our last and most probable option -Norman Osborn. The movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home had teased an all-new Iron Man and we cannot deny that it may be the Norman Osborn. Most fans know that someone has now bought the Avengers Tower and that someone would be Osborn who is now setting up a huge building in New York. There is a chance for Marvel to do a movie set in the future, so maybe, we can see an older version of the character, Morgan Stark who has now donned the suit of her father.
Robert Downey Jr. is surely done with this role and here is a statement that he had given:
“What has it meant to sit in this character for so long? I can make a couple of comparisons. Not to compare myself to Charlie Chaplin, but people wanted to see him play the tramp. He did Monsieur Verdoux; he did Limelight – he had successful forays into not just being his most beloved character. But ultimately, in his autumn years, he surrendered to the will of the people and re-found his joy and his acceptance in the fact that he’d been fortunate enough to have channelled and created that character, to begin with. Tony was out there for me to begin with. But you don’t think of the two separately. I think if you’d done as many of these films as I have and the first one was so definitive and game-changing – not because I’m so great, but because everybody did their job so well – what [director, Jon] Favreau did and what Gwyneth [Paltrow] did and everybody… It’s just like having a great football team, a great group of folks.”