With the release of the long-awaited Avengers: Infinity War drawing closer it has led many to reflect on the history of the MCU. And one thing to reflect on is the cast of characters who have made the MCU a worldwide phenomenon for the past decade. And its no secret to anyone that this world of heroes and villains may have never existed were it not for the success of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man. He is what kickstarted the cinematic universe and Chris Evans recently took some time to talk about just how irreplaceable Downey is.
Recently at ACE Comic Con Evans and his co-stars, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan took some time to talk with fans where Evans talked about the lasting influence Downey has left on the character, the MCU, and for Evans himself. Evans discussed how Robert Downey Jr. has served as a mentor for him throughout his time in the MCU,
“He’s such a wonderful guy and is so talented, so experienced, and so supportive. He’s always been in my corner and I’ve always felt supported by him. He really brings everybody in to the group and makes sure everyone feels welcome, especially on this last one.”
But most notable of his discussion on Downey is his comments on the legacy he has left for the character of Iron Man. For Evans, and most likely for many of us fans, he expressed how perfect his portrayal of Iron Man is that no one could ever replace him,
“No matter what it feels like for me, I try to imagine what it feels like for him, because he really did start this. He really is so irreplaceable. Nobody can ever be Iron Man. It’s not a role like Superman or Batman that can kind of find different incarnations, no one can touch it.”
It’s easy to agree with Evans on this as it is Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist that has made the character into a pop culture icon. It will be strange to see where the MCU will be after Iron Man is retired from the Studio’s roster of heroes and if Marvel will eventually try to recast.
Source: ACE Comic Con