Good news for marvel and iron man star Robert Downey is coming back in Black Widow.
Robert Downey Jr. can reportedly come back as Tony Stark / Iron Man in the black widow, and future Marvel Cinematic Universe film centered on Scarlett Johansson’s title character also referred to as Natasha Romanoff. [Spoilers ahead for the MCU. If you are questioning how that is possible considering what happened to Iron Man in Avengers: Endgame, that is because the standalone black widow film is a prequel — naturally, considering Romanoff shared a similar fate as Stark. The extent of Downey Jr.’s role is unclear. It’s possible that he may not film any new scenes for the black widow and will instead be shown through archival / previously unused footage, as has been the case for alternative Marvel stars and films in the past.
That’s likey given however Downey jr.’s possible Iron Man come back has been rumoured. In its coverage of the 2019 Saturn Awards over the weekend, that noted Downey Jr.’s win as best actor, point in time reporter Geoff Boucher remarked during a parenthetical addition: “Robert Downey Jr will be seen acting in the role of Tony Stark one more time, however, within the Marvel prequel black widow in May 2020.” Considering how vast the news is on its own, it’s curious that it had been buried in a story that does not even have Downey jr. in the headline, not to mention his possible MCU come back. That heavily suggests Downey Jr. has probably not been to the black widow set, which his role will probably be restricted to a cameo look.
Black Widow is ready when the events of 2016’s Captain America: civil war, per earlier reports, therefore Marvel could go back to its archive around that time to bring Stark back. The prequel is additionally expected to provide us a peek at Romanoff’s origins; therefore, it might go further back. It’s possible that Downey Jr.’s come back will be restricted to a flashback in this sequence, considering the shared history between Stark and Romanoff. Johansson created her MCU debut in 2010’s Iron Man 2 as an undercover S.H.I.E.L.D. spy posing as a Stark Industries worker who becomes Stark’s personal assistant on Nick Fury’s orders.
Since then, Johansson has appeared in six MCU films, together with 2012’s The Avengers, 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, and the aforementioned Endgame, and civil war. Some are terming black widow as Johansson’s swansong, tho’ it might simply turn out sequels of its own if Marvel is happy with its business prospects.
Black Widow will come back. In San Diego 2019 Comic-Con, Marvel Studios president Feige declared that the standalone black widow film would be a part of section 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The release date is May 1, 2020. Scarlett Johansson will (naturally) repeat her role within the lead, with the likes of David Harbour (Stranger Things), Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth), O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale), and Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) additionally part of the cast. Cate Shortland (Lore) is leading black widow, off a script by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson.