Avengers Star Robert Downey Jr Reveals His Marvel Acting Went ‘Unnoticed Because Of The Genre’

Robert Downey Jr

During his appearance on Rob Lowe’s “Literally!” podcast, the Oscar nominee revealed that his time as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe represented some of the best acting of his career, further revealing, “It went a little bit unnoticed because of the genre.”

The Marvel actor played the character for 11 years before exiting the franchise in the MCU in 2019 “Avengers: Endgame.” Although Marvel Studios president Kelvin Feige, in an address last month, revealed the studio would not request for Downey’s return to preserve the emotional ending of his character, that has, however, not slowed down the rumors from circulating concerning Marvel’s desperation to restore Iron Man to his leadership role as an Avenger.

Still in the interview with Rob Lowe, the Marvel actor disclosed that after his Marvel run expired, he took on a project that became an infamous box office flop when it was released in 2020 right before the pandemic further earning him the worst reviews of his acting career. He admitted that this made him feel exposed after being a part of the Marvel franchise.

“I felt so exposed after being in the cocoon of Marvel where I think I did some of the best work I will ever do, but it went a little bit unnoticed because of the genre.”

Downey Jr. said. “I did myself a favor because the rug was pulled so definitively out from underneath me and all the things that I was leaning on as opposed to what my understanding of confidence and security was, boy did they evaporate. And it rendered me teachable.”

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