If there is one thing we have learned over the past few years it’s when fandom has their sights set on something, many times they get what they ask for. Right now, fandom has their scope trained center mass on Robert Downey Jr. and not with a negative trigger.
#BringBackTonyStarkToLife is what fans of Robert Downey Jr. are asking for and some fans have gone as far as buying billboards to help spread the word.
This one was seen in Los Angeles with one simple slogan – “Bring Back Tony Stark.” The billboard also gives a date, 04.24.21. Apparently, this is the date when fans of Robert Downey Jr. plan to meet via Twitter to further make their case to Marvel Studios (and Disney) that Tony Stark deserves a better fate than he received at the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame when the iconic character sacrificed himself for the greater good.
The “Bring Back Tony Stark” call was started by the handle @MelineStark and they haven’t let up. One of their recent tweets carries the caption, “Join us on April 24th on Twitter for endgame anniversary and spread the hashtag #BringBackTonyStarkToLife.”
It is safe to assume that @MelineStark also had something to do with the Los Angeles billboard. It’s also fairly obvious that @MelineStark is fond of Robert Downey Jr. and Tony Stark.
To prove this, @MelineStark hasn’t stopped with a billboard and Twitter push. No, they have also taken their petition to Change.org to really push #BringBackTonyStarkToLife.
The Change.org petition for Robert Downey Jr.’s character was put together by Méline Loiseau, who we are assuming is @MelineStark, and starts off with, “MCU’s Tony deserves to come back fully alive. Tony Stark was always ready to risk his life, suffer, and sacrifice himself for anyone, without ever receiving anything in return.” It’s heavy stuff, all things considered, and goes to the level of dedication some fans are willing to venture to see things through with the hope they achieve their goal.
For those of you who may have been on another planet during the Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame saga, our famous superheroes were in a battle against the Mad Titan Thanos for control over the Infinity Stones, which Thanos wants to control so he can snap away half the world’s population. Of course, this happens at the conclusion of Infinity War, so Endgame is where the remaining heroes reunite to alter the course of time to stop Thanos and the Blip aka the Snap. Their mission was a success, but not without a huge sacrifice, one that obviously didn’t sit well with Robert Downey Jr./Tony Stark fans.
Not everyone, though, is on board with a return to life for Tony Stark. There are some who feel it was a poetic end for Tony Stark, one that should not be reversed, though his comic book counterpart has been dead and then resurrected on numerous occasions. Here are some of the responses to the contrary.
Fans of Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark may be in for a treat in the upcoming Black Widow movie, which is finally going to premiere on July 9, 2021 (we think, fingers crossed and all that mumbo jumbo). The rumor is strong that he will make a cameo, but the question is, what sort of cameo? The events of Black Widow take place right after Captain America: Civil War, which was released in 2016 and led directly into Spider-Man: Homecoming and then the Infinity War saga. So, our dead superhero Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, is still alive, obviously, but so is Tony Stark. Some say Tony Stark will show up as a true-blue character while others claim it will be through recycled footage. July 9th can’t come soon enough for some of us.
Where do you, GFR’ers, stand on bringing back Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark, and not just through Black Widow? Did he received a fitting end and tribute with Avengers: Endgame, or is there more you’d like to see of his character? We all know Marvel has the power to resurrect anyone, they are superheroes after all. There is the multiverse that can be leaned on to make anything possible.
“I am Iron Man.” The power of the people has spoken. Will they be heard?