Robert Downey Jr. believes anti-superhero bigotry hindered his Iron Man fame.

As Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Robert Downey Jr. has admitted that he believes he did some of his best work, but it went unacknowledged due to anti-superhero prejudice.

Speaking to Rob Lowe's 'Literally!' podcast, he said, "I felt so exposed after being in the cocoon of Marvel where I think I did some of the best work I will ever do, but it went a little bit unnoticed because of the genre" (via Variety). 

"I did myself a favor by pulling the rug out from under me so completely; everything I had been relying on, in contrast to my perception of security and confidence, vanished like hot coals. It also made me teachable."

In the Marvel Cinematic world, Downey Jr. portrayed Tony Stark for more than ten years.

Iron Man (2008) marked the beginning of the cinematic world, and in Avengers: Endgame, the character gave his life.

The head of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has declared that Downey Jr. will not make a comeback.

Feige said of Iron Man's sacrifice, "We are going to keep that moment and not touch that moment again."

"We all worked very hard for many years to get to that, and we would never want to magically undo it in any way."

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