Remember when Robert Downey Jr. starred in Avengers: Endgame, one of the most financially successful movies ever made? It's been quiet for the actor since then, but that's about to change. After a much-deserved hiatus, Downey Jr.'s career is set to make a comeback with the highly anticipated Christopher Nolan biopic, Oppenheimer.
Now, you might be wondering why someone as famous as Downey Jr. would take a break after being the face of a superhero franchise for ten years. Well, even though he loved the character of Tony Stark, Downey Jr. wanted to explore new and exciting roles and leave the Iron Man suit behind. But let's go back to the beginning. Did you know that one of Downey Jr.'s earliest gigs was on Saturday Night Live in the mid-1980s? He was only on the cast for 16 episodes during a dark period for the show.
While in the MCU, Downey Jr. didn't just stick to playing Tony Stark. He earned a second Academy Award nomination for Tropic Thunder and also portrayed the iconic detective Sherlock Holmes in Guy Ritchie's reimaginings. But his journey in the MCU came to a memorable end in Avengers: Endgame when Tony Stark sacrificed himself to save the world. Since then, Downey Jr. has only starred in one film, Dolittle, which was not received well. But he considers the experience influential in his career and appreciates the lessons learned. Since then, he and his wife, Susan Downey, have focused on producing projects like The Age of A.I.,
But finally, Downey Jr. is ready to return to acting with Oppenheimer. He's also determined to make Sherlock Holmes 3 a reality and has even explored options for spin-offs and TV shows. Additionally, he'll be appearing in the miniseries The Sympathizer, where he'll take on multiple roles. So mark your calendars for Friday, July 21st, 2023, when Oppenheimer hits theaters. Robert Downey Jr. is back and ready to captivate audiences once again.