Robert Downey Jr. Gets Marvel Fans Mad After Scathing Speech

By Britta DeVore | Published

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  • Marvel fans are mad at Robert Downey Jr. after he takes a swipe at his old job.
  • During a speech at the recent BAFTA Film Awards, Downey suggested playing Tony Stark hurt his credibility as an actor.
  • It was Downey’s role as Tony Stark in Iron Man that put him back in the spotlight after years on the sidelines.
  • The role of Tony Stark gave Downey a decade of steady work.

If there was ever a fandom that you should avoid being on the bad side of at all costs, it’s those dedicated to Marvel. Unfortunately for Robert Downey Jr., he never got the memo – or just chose to forget about it – as the actor took a swing at the studio during his acceptance speech at the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards. After playing Tony Stark aka Iron Man for more than a decade, it seems that his appearance in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer has gone to Downey Jr.’s head as he’s forgotten his Marvel fans.

A Guy Named Tony

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After winning the award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Robert Downey Jr. took the stage at the event and made a joke about his tenure as the most tech-savvy member of The Avengers, commenting, “I played a guy named Tony in the MCU for about 12 years. Recently, [Christopher Nolan] suggested I attempt an understated approach as a last-ditch effort to perhaps resurrect my dwindling credibility.” While the acclaimed actor is certainly known for his own brand of sarcasm, his comments may have rubbed some Marvel fans the wrong way.

Marvel Was Downey’s Lifeline

In particular, the targeted words tossed around by Robert Downey Jr. could easily be seen as a slap in the face to Marvel fans – and the studio as well – as there’s no denying that his work in the MCU reignited his flailing career. Having grown up in the business, with a father who was both an actor and director, Robert Downey Jr. has had a decades-long career in Hollywood marked with incredible performances in titles like Chaplin, U.S. Marshals, and the hit series Ally McBeal. However, by the time his career really began to gain steam in the ‘90s, Downey Jr. was struggling in a personal battle with drugs and alcohol.

His Journey Back

While he was one of the most famous up-and-coming young stars in the world, Robert Downey Jr. found himself fighting a difficult battle against addiction, landing himself in rehab during the dwindling years of the decade. By the early 2000s, he was back on his feet and ready to move forward with his career in projects like A Scanner Darkly and Zodiac. While these titles certainly began to set him on an upward trajectory, it was undoubtedly thanks to his casting in Marvel’s 2008 film, Iron Man, that Downey Jr. would be officially back in the limelight.

Marvel Gave Downey A Decade Of Steady Work

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Not only did Iron Man revitalize Robert Downey Jr.’s career, but it also gave him job security as well as a new generation of fans to learn his name. Throughout numerous films that included three standalone features and several Avengers movies, Downey Jr. became one of the most recognized faces in the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside the likes of Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Scarlett Johansson. By 2019’s Avengers: Endgame, both Downey Jr. and Marvel were moving in different directions, with the actor finally performing his swan song in the action-packed flick. 

We Still Remember A Guy Named Tony

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Now that he’s back in the eyes of the general public for his portrayal of Atomic Energy Commission chairman Lewis Strauss in Nolan’s star-studded historical biopic Oppenheimer, has Robert Downey Jr. gotten too big for his britches? While he’ll always be a favorite to fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, his recent comments seem to downplay the importance of what the role meant for him and his livelihood post all of his struggles of yesteryear.

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