A new rumor suggests that Robert Downey Jr. may return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in an Ironheart TV show on Disney+.

The rumor comes from We Got This Covered who report Robert Downey Jr. would return for the series in a voice over capacity. They specifically report it would be similar to Paul Bettany’s J.A.R.V.I.S. before he became Vision.

However, Robert Downey Jr. seemed pretty clear that he was retired from the MCU. (Related: Robert Downey Jr. On His And Chris Evans’ Marvel Exit: “It Was Part of the Job to Get Off the Bus While It Rolled On To Other Destinations”)

“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. There’s something very sobering about it. I’m glad [Chris Evans] and I will be there to welcome others as they retire their jerseys.”

Ironheart aka Riri Williams

Ironheart is a knock-off Iron Man that Marvel Comics introduced in Invincible Iron Man #7.

In Fact, Riri Williams’ origin story involves stealing parts and technology from MIT in order to build her own Iron Man suit.

After Tony Stark is put in a coma by Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel during the events of Civil War II, Riri Williams becomes Ironheart and takes on the role of Iron Man alongside Victor Von Doom who becomes the Infamous Iron Man. While in her role as Ironheart, she would eventually join the Champions. (Related: Riri Williams Takes Over as Iron Man in ‘Invincible Iron Man’ This Fall!)

The character was eventually taken up by Eve Ewing in her own self-titled series, Ironheart. She also redesigned her armor adding in pink after she had a run-in with Thanos, who easily destroyed her old armor. (Related: Thanos Just Gave RiRi Williams a Huge Dose of Reality!)

Ewing reported Robert Downey Jr. endorsed the idea of Riri Williams joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (Related: Report: Robert Downey Jr. Wants Riri Williams in the Marvel Cinematic Universe)

She wrote on Twitter back in June, “The real story here is that Robert Downey Jr. said publicly in a room full of people that Ironheart should be in the MCU.” The report has not been corroborated.

Ironheart has struggled to find her place in Marvel Comics. Sales for the series like many of the knock-off superheroes Marvel Comics has introduced in recent years are quite low.

The most recent issue of Ewing’s Ironheart series, Ironheart #8 only shipped 10,342 copies. The first issue shipped 40,739 issues. However, by Ironheart #2 it had already dropped to 17,507 copies shipped. My guess is the book will more than likely be cancelled before it even reaches issue 20.

Would you be interested in seeing Ironheart introduced into the MCU? Do you want to see Robert Downey Jr. return to the MCU?

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