In the aftermath of Iron Man’s demise in Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios sought to find a new leader for the MCU among its existing characters. Robert Downey Jr. has since departed from Marvel, starring in Dolittle, which was not well-received, and Oppenheimer, which some consider his best performance. Downey himself has acknowledged that it is “the best film [he’s] ever been in.” Meanwhile, Marvel has been forging ahead with its Multiverse Saga, which has received mixed reviews throughout Phase 4 and has gotten off to a slow start in Phase 5 with Disney+’s Secret Invasion. However, many fans feel that something is missing without the face of the franchise, as Downey was the unofficial leader since he introduced Marvel characters on screen back in 2008. Since his departure, fans have debated who should replace him, but an insider report now reveals which four actors Marvel had intended to fill his shoes. According to Joanna Robinson of MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios, Marvel wanted Paul Rudd to be the on-screen and off-screen leader, recruiter or ambassador of the franchise.
Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man star Paul Rudd seems to be a suitable candidate to fill in the shoes of Robert Downey Jr. Although he has made his name as an established actor beyond the realms of Marvel, he has been part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2015 and played a vital role in Avengers: Endgame. Another probable choice for the replacement could be Benedict Cumberbatch.
The interactions between Doctor Strange and Iron Man in Aʋengers: Infinity War were simply enjoyable for fans of Marvel Studios. Benedict CuмƄerƄatch, who portrays Stephen Strange, proved to be a worthy match for Robert Downey Jr.’s quick-witted remarks. Even though Strange is a leader within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, his role is not exactly the same as other leaders, especially given his somewhat inconsistent relationship with the Aʋengers. Chadwick Boseмan also plays an important role within the MCU.
Chadwick Boseman, who tragically passed away in August 2020, was the leading contender to take over from Robert Downey Jr. as the new face of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with his portrayal of T’Challa. Despite his absence, his legacy lives on through his iconic role in Black Panther, which was released in 2018. The highly anticipated sequel, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, coming out in 2022, will pay tribute to the late actor. Brie Larson is another notable actor who has made a significant impact on the MCU.
Marvel Studios is gearing up for the release of its crossover sequel, The Marvels, featuring Bri Larson, one of the biggest names in the Marvel franchise who plays one of its most important and powerful characters. However, comparing the fan response to her first film, Captain Marvel, to Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man isn’t fair, as Captain Marvel continues to win over more fans in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). While some people have been speculating about who could replace Downey Jr. as the face of the MCU, Joanna Robinson believes that Marvel doesn’t have a replacement. She thinks that the studio had hoped that some of the actors they had put in place, such as Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, the late Chadwick Boseman, and Brie Larson, might step in and become on-screen and off-screen leaders, but that hasn’t happened for various reasons. Robinson also noted that Marvel thought centering T’Challa would be the roadmap forward, which has been challenging since Boseman’s passing. She further commented on the struggles Marvel has faced over the past four years since Downey Jr. left, as every A-list actor wanted a role in a Marvel movie due to the brand’s immense popularity. However, securing top-tier actors or following the lead of one actor, such as Downey Jr., is no longer effortless. Nonetheless, Marvel Studios has exciting projects in the works, including new episodes of Loki and the release of The Marvels on November 10th.