As the release date of “Oppenheimer” draws near, Robert Downey Jr., the legendary Iron Man of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), takes a moment to reflect on the potential impact his superhero role may have had on his artistic abilities. Downey, who shouldered the responsibility of kickstarting one of the most successful studios in the industry for over a decade, now shares his concerns about the lasting effects of his Marvel persona. In Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film “Oppenheimer,” Downey will grace the screen as Lewis Strauss, starring alongside acclaimed actors Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, and Matt Damon.
Renowned as one of the most adored MCU actors, RDJ’s fans eagerly await his return to future Marvel projects. Recent reports reveal his presence on the set of “Captain America: Brave New World,” igniting speculation as he was seen driving sleek supercars. Read on to discover Downey’s candid thoughts on his illustrious superhero role that catapulted him to new levels of popularity.
In an exclusive interview with The New York Times, with the release of “Oppenheimer” just days away, Robert Downey Jr. delves into his journey as Iron Man within the MCU. He openly shares his apprehension about the potential impact it may have had on his artistic abilities, confessing, “Yes. A hundred percent. And I knew there was a point where Chris Nolan was endorsing, let’s work those other muscles, but let’s do it while rendering you devoid of your usual go-to things.”
It’s well-known that Marvel Studios has produced some of the highest-grossing films in Hollywood history. Expanding on this, Downey remarks, “If you’re talking about, adjusted for inflation, the biggest movies of all time, ‘Gone With the Wind’ and ‘The Ten Commandments’ are there. I’m sure that in the years those movies came out, there were probably films that you and I would agree were a better representation of what cinema can be.”
Downey acknowledges that he never had the luxury of contemplating the long-term consequences of stepping into the shoes of a second-tier superhero, not knowing it would blossom into a vast cinematic universe. Nevertheless, he downplays its significance, stating, “I had a Super Bowl ring on each finger while this debate was being contested with much heat.”
Nonetheless, he expresses gratitude for his Marvel experience, recognizing that it has shaped him into the artist he is today. Robert Downey Jr. reflects, “So coming from that other place, entering the box-office-weekend-dominating place, then going into this spot now where I’m happy that I’m in this quality product—I’m happy that I regained my connection with a more purist approach to making movies.”
Save the date—July 21st—for the theatrical release of “Oppenheimer,” featuring the extraordinary performances of Robert Downey Jr. and Cillian Murphy.