Robert Downey Jr Set For Dramatic Iron Man Return, According To Experts

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April 26, 2024
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Robert Downey Jr has been tipped to return to the big screen as Marvel superhero Iron Man after being priced at 6/4 by expert traders.

Best Payout Online Slots bookmaker’s odds mean Downey Jr returning to Iron Man is more likely than Arsenal winning the Premier League (9/4), Novak Djokovic winning Wimbledon or Christopher Nolan directing the next James Bond film (5/2).

  • Robert Downey Jr the likey to return to boost box office earnings at 6/4
  • Scarlett Johansson 5/2 to reprise role as Black Widow
  • Chris Evans has also previously refused to rule out a return to Captain America

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Robert Downey Jr (Iron Man)  6/4 40%
Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) 5/2 28.6%
Chris Evans  (Captain America) 5/1 16.7%

Bookmakers Back Robert Downey Jr to Return as Iron Man

Iron Man disappeared from the silver screen in 2019, and in doing so gave fans one of Marvel’s most heartfelt goodbyes.

However, with prequels, interdimensional storylines, alternative universes now the norm in the MCU, ruling out a character’s return is nigh-impossible.

Head of PR Liam Solomon said: “Robert Downey Jr has already said that he’d “happily” return to the “role that chose” him, even after scooping his first career Oscar for a decidedly un-Marvel like role in Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer.

“And that’s why our traders have cut their odds down to just 6/4 to return.

“Avengers: Secret Wars is thought to be the biggest upcoming film on their schedule, and one that could bring characters from multiple universes together. 

“With Marvel films struggling to reach their previous lofty heights at the box office, our price-setters believe they could turn to the old guard to salvage profits.”

Scarlett Johansson and Black Widow Reunion at 5/2

Much like Iron Man, Black Widow was a one of the original Avengers from the first phase of the MCU, with actress Scarlett Johansson turning a secondary character into an iconic fan-favourite.

Solomon said: “After sacrificing herself in Avengers: Endgame, Johansson jokingly said a return for Black Widow would have to be a “zombie film.” 

“Although she said it would take “miracle” for her character to be reprised, our bookmakers have also dropped her price to just 5/2, indicating that a multidimensional reappearance is in the works.”

Will Fans Get Their Wish For Chris Evans to Return as Captain America?

With long-standing MCU actor Anthony Mackie swapping his ‘Falcon’ gear for the stars and stripes of Captain America, the next instalment for the character – dubbed Brave New World will see Mackie reprise the role having taken over in the TV show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.

Solomon said: “Much like his fellow actors, former Captain America star Chris Evans has refused to rule out a return entirely. Again, with Avengers: Secret Wars on the horizon, a multiverse scenario could unfold that also places Evans’ Captain America back in the MCU.

“Our traders expect Evans, along with Johansson and Downey Jr, to be in line for a dramatic return.”

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Author Thomas Wilby

Experienced in odds-compiling, Thomas has worked for a number of high-profile bookmakers in the UK and abroad. Specialities include football, entertainment and politics and providing the most up-to-date and accurate odds on the market.