Things We Saw Today: Robert Downey Jr. Says He’ll Bow out of the MCU “Before It’s Embarrassing”

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Awww, Tony! Tony, no!

Robert Downey Jr. has made a gazillion dollars and is one of the biggest stars in the world thanks to becoming Iron Man, but he’s also a clever dude who has solid perspective on the industry. Every time he appears to be on his last Marvel movie he returns for one for more–and we learn in an interview how this comes about, like his affection for the Infinity Wars directing team of Joe and Anthony Russo. It’s clear he wouldn’t come back for just anybody. Quoth RDJ:

“I just never want to blow it for the last six or seven [movies] I have done by dropping the ball because I decided to go do it one more time. I just want to hang up my jersey before it’s embarrassing.”

What’s unclear is whether RDJ means that he wants to leave Tony Stark behind before the films start lacking in quality or that because he’s now 52, the role could become harder to play. It’s difficult to imagine anyone else filling out the role RDJ defined, but I can easily imagine Tony coming back for years as a sort of older statesman superhero, both nurturing and snarking the new classes. Ideally, he’d never hang up the suit for good. (via

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  • Famke Janssen feels she’s passed the torch on to the next Jean Grey, but she would not refuse to return to the role in some capacity if asked. (CBR)
  • A baby born in Canada is the first to have a health care issued without a gender marker. The baby’s parent, a non-binary transgender person, wants their child to discover their own gender, and is fighting to keep any recording of “sex” from the baby’s birth certificate. (The BBC)
  • It’s excellent that time and attention are being given to restoring the space where Sally Hemings lived adjacent to Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, but the news media needs to stop romanticizing and softening their relationship by referring to Hemings as his “mistress.” She was his slave. (Twitter)

And with that, happy almost 4th of July to my American brethren and happy almost Tuesday to everyone else! What’d you get into today?

(images: Marvel Studios)

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Kaila Hale-Stern (she/her) is a content director, editor, and writer who has been working in digital media for more than fifteen years. She started at TMS in 2016. She loves to write about TV—especially science fiction, fantasy, and mystery shows—and movies, with an emphasis on Marvel. Talk to her about fandom, queer representation, and Captain Kirk. Kaila has written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.