Yes, Robert Downey Jr. has left the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was in perhaps the most epic way possible, but RDJ is moving on. As it turns out, it was his decision to do so. I can see his leaving being mutual as well but it sounds like he was ready to jump ship even without the fate we seen his Tony Stark character succumb to.
In speaking with Digital Spy, the man who had a helping hand in the MCU explains that it was time for him to make his exit, along with co-star and Captain America Actor, Chris Evans. You can check out what he had to say below.
“We had to get off. We opted to, and knew it was part of the job to get off the bus while it rolled on to other destinations. There’s something very sobering about it. I’m glad he and I will be there to welcome others as they retire their jerseys.”
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As for what he leaves behind, he decies to talk up his co-stars, instead of referencing his own legacy.
“I really don’t need to look any farther than my co-stars. Mark Ruffalo is an activist, Chris Evans is a diehard American and proponent of true democracy. I don’t really have the gumption, the skill set, the drive, or the humility either of those guys do.”
Well, America isn’t and never has been a democracy, it’s a Constitutional Republic. That aside, Downey’s above comment show how humble he is, even though the gold standard of shared comic book universes we enjoy today, he was crucial in its beginning.
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Source: Digital Spy