Robert Downey Jr on retiring from MCU: ‘There’s something very sobering about it’

Robert Downey Jr. wasn’t Disney’s first choice (Picture: Marvel/Paramount/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock)

Robert Downey Jr has opened up on leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe, admitting it was the right time for him to hang up his Iron Man suit.

The actor, who bowed out of Avengers: Endgame earlier this year after effectively saving the world, spoke of making his big exit alongside Chris Evans’ Captain America.

To Robert, it was time.

‘We had to get off. We opted to, and knew it was part of the job to get off the bus while it rolled on to other destinations,’ he explained to Disney’s twenty-three magazine, according to Digital Spy.

‘There’s something very sobering about it. I’m glad he and I will be there to welcome others as they retire their jerseys.’

Tony Stark’s final bow, which saw him Snap away Thanos and his army, bringing an end to the Infinity Saga that wiped half the population in the previous film Infinity War, was a tough pill for many fans to swallow.

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With him many believe Robert left a brilliant legacy in the MCU.

But he’s hardly the man that’s going to agree.

‘I really don’t need to look any farther than my co-stars. Mark Ruffalo is an activist, Chris Evans is a diehard American and proponent of true democracy,’ Robert continued.

‘I don’t really have the gumption, the skill set, the drive, or the humility either of those guys do.’

We’ll miss this pair (Picture: Rex Features)

Dude, you saved the world in Endgame! Be a little easier on yourself, okay?

Robert got chummy with Mickey Mouse at the recent D23 summit, which saw the next slate of Disney’s projects explained in further detail.

While at the star-studded event he was hailed a legend after confessing to getting arrested on his first trip to Disneyland.

The actor – who has been sober since 2003 – admitted he was apprehended by police for smoking marijuana ‘in a gondola’ during a visit to the theme park when he was younger.

The 54-year-old star made his candid admission when he was named a Disney Legend at the D23 Expo as he said: Here’s a bit of trivia for you. The very first time I went to Disneyland I was transported to another place. Within moments of being arrested, I was brought to a surprisingly friendly processing centre, given a strict warning, and returned to, if memory serves one very disappointed group chaperone.

‘I’ve been sitting on that shame for a while and I’m just going to release it here tonight.

‘I would like to make amends to whoever had to detain me for smoking pot in a gondola without a license. And I don’t wanna further confuse the issue by insinuating that pot smoking licenses for the gondola are in any way obtainable.’

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