Fans Are Freaking Out Over Robert Downey Jr.’s Contract Expiring With Avengers: Endgame

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It’s long been understood that next year’s Avengers: Endgame will mark the end of an era for the MCU, serving as the culmination point for the first twenty-two films in the saga, while passing the torch to a new generation of heroes. Nonetheless, it seems that a lot of fans aren’t yet ready to let go of their old favorites, and in the wake of the latest reaffirmation that Robert Downy Jr.’s contract is set to expire, social media has yielded some worryingly intense responses.

The recent tweet that started this fresh outpouring of emotions came from Robert Downey Jr. UK, who shared the “BREAKING NEWS” that the Iron Man actor’s contract ends with Endgame:

Though this shouldn’t be the most surprising of announcements, the fans were still sent into a state of panic and despair at the mere thought of Tony Stark departing from the series:

Others, meanwhile, are choosing to stay optimistic, holding onto the hope that the star’s contract may still be renewed:

A minority of responses, however, are from fans who feel like Downey’s had a good enough run already in the MCU, and wish him all the best as he moves onto the next phase of his career:

While there’s always a chance that the cinematic universe still holds a place for Stark beyond Phase 3, the upcoming Endgame certainly looks like as good a place as any to wrap up Iron Man’s journey, and after more than a decade in the role, you couldn’t hold it against Downey if he felt like enough was enough.

Whether Stark’s journey will end in quiet retirement or tragedy, however, is another matter entirely, and we’ll find out when  Avengers: Endgame hits theaters on April 26th, 2019.

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