Will a new petition on Change.org force Marvel Studios to resurrect Robert Downey Jr or will the pleas of fans fall on deaf ears as it so often does?
We once again enter the dark underworld of online fan petitions here at trinikid.com. This new petition is joining the online petition family with other names like Danny Devito for Wolverine, Replace Brie Larson as Captain Marvel and Remake Game of Thrones Season 8 all of which are basically fans attempts to influence multi-million dollar decisions with just one click.
Now there is no arguing that Avengers: Endgame was action packed with a series of heroic moments and tear jerkers, but it's safe to say that the death of Tony Stark was one of the most emotional moments of the film and in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, it can be said that Robert Downey Jr.'s portrayal of Tony Stark has been widely regarded as the face of the MCU since its inception in 2008 with Iron Man.
Since Robert Downey Jr's portrayal is so popular and beloved it is understandable that a large number of True Believers want him to be resurrected and re-enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The petition on Change.org has gathered 39,000 signatures at the time of writing with an intended goal of 50,000 signatures.
The Change.org page for the resurrection of Iron Man makes the following case:
He has helped so many people (in the mcu and in our world), he has helped people to live (including me) to overcome their problems, to accept themselves, to face life. He’s so important. He saved our lives and it’s our turn to save him.
“We love him so much. We love him 3000. Without him, now, we are totally lost. For many people, he was their reason to live and hold on in life
The hyperbole of the quote is a bit much but it is not inaccurate. Downey's portrayal of Iron Man has touched the hearts and minds of people over this past decade and has become an integral part of the MCU. It is actually quite difficult to imagine the MCU without Downey at its center but I don't think this or any other petition will change the minds of Kevin Feige or anyone else at Marvel Studios. I mean they showed his funeral for goodness sake which is the most definitive way of saying "He's dead and he's not coming back!" that Marvel Studio can make. Our only hope now is for Tony to reappear as artificial intelligence in an Ironheart movie which is something comic book fans may already know about. Or at least something comparable to Ironheart or maybe even some cameos as memories of Spider-Man and other characters.
However, for those of you who are seriously interested in seeing Robert Downey Jr. play Tony Stark in the future and are just not obsessed with internet slacktivism you should try to buy as much Iron Man merch as possible such as DVDs, Blu-ray discs, comics and merch to keep Downey's portrayal of Iron Man alive. This will actually increase the chances of us seeing him on the silver screen in the future with his own reboot because as long as you keep a superhero in continuous publication he is never truly gone. Just ask your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.