A new fan-made poster for Marvel Studios’ Ironheart depicts Robert Downey Jr.’s heavily-rumored return to the MCU as Tony Stark’s Iron Man. Following her MCU debut in 2022’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Dominique Thorne’s Riri Williams, a.k.a. Ironheart, is set to make her next appearance in her self-titled Disney+ series, Ironheart. Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige first confirmed the series’ development in 2020, with the series expected to premiere in 2025 as part of the MCU’s Phase 5. Ironheart will further establish Riri Williams as one of Iron Man’s legacy heroes in the MCU, following his sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame, but speculation suggests the original armored hero could also return.
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Since Robert Downey Jr.’s departure from the MCU in Avengers: Endgame, there has been speculation about his return as Iron Man. Despite comments from Downey Jr. and Marvel Studios, these rumors persist, and Ironheart has been suggested as the perfect place for his return. Tony Stark and Riri Williams have now been depicted together in a fan-made poster for Ironheart shared by Hazzaa Jarrar.
The art imagines Tony Stark as an artificial intelligence aiding Williams at the start of her Ironheart journey. This reflects Ironheart’s origins in Marvel Comics, as Tony Stark transfers his consciousness into a technological device, becoming an AI for Ironheart akin to Iron Man’s own JARVIS.