If you were to ask someone what May 29th, 1970, meant to them, there’s a good chance that they’d stare back at you with a confused expression on their face. Add the phrase “within the Marvel Cinematic Universe” to the end of your question though, and you could get an entirely different response. If you’re reading this article and are unsure as to what we’re getting at, you might have just forgotten about one of the most important dates associated with the MCU.
Back in 2008, Robert Downey Jr. helped kick off Marvel’s never-ending film series thanks to Iron Man, and, as it turns out, the titular character was born on May 29th, 1970. That means today is his 49th birthday, and fans from all over the world have flocked to Twitter to celebrate the occasion by posting videos, heartfelt messages, and some impressive artwork.
happy birthday to the one and only earth's best defender, tony stark ♡ pic.twitter.com/93yA3bzI7j
— best of rdj (@bestsofrdj) May 29, 2019
HERE'S THE MARVEL CAST IN COSTUME SINGING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TONY STARK/IRON MAN ON YOUR TIMELINE pic.twitter.com/SnlCfrjhHO
— ✨Maria| SAW ENDGAME✨ (@quacksonqueen) May 29, 2019
He is an excellent hero.. A very important name for all of us. Happy birthday, Tony Stark. pic.twitter.com/1Z6YBHB2tA
— best of iron man ⎊ (@ironmansbest) May 28, 2019
damn myself we’re not in 2023 yet so HE’S NOT DEAD YET wtf am i talking about
— happy bday tiny t⎊ny (@woIvern) May 28, 2019
good night and happy birthday to tony stark only pic.twitter.com/ImOBEdlZsB
— ⎊ ? ? ? ✪ (@scarloutwitch) May 28, 2019
Of course, today comes as a bittersweet moment, seeing as how Tony sacrificed his life at the end of Avengers: Endgame. Some observant MCU enthusiasts have been quick to mention though that while Iron Man’s gone, he’s technically still alive at this point along the series’ timeline, considering he didn’t die until 2023, which is when the bulk of Endgame takes place.
may 29th, 1970
happy birthday to the father, husband and friend; to the genius, the man behind the mask; the superhero who saved the universe; our earth's best defender, the real hero, the man that started it all; to the badass bitch
happy 49th birthday tony stark pic.twitter.com/eJQqg2TvLX
— baru ⎊ (@ironjarvs) May 29, 2019
Happy Birthday Tony Stark ❤️ I love you three thousand. pic.twitter.com/MHOd1dhkZW
— best of evansdowney ⎊ ⍟ (@rdjcevans) May 29, 2019
— “I love you 3000, Tony Stark.” (@TeamDowney1965) May 29, 2019
— Waz Jadwiga (@wazjadwiga) May 29, 2019
— ❄️fight me❄️ (@jadedGalvanizer) May 29, 2019
Even though he might be gone from the MCU, it’s clear that fans won’t be forgetting Tony Stark anytime soon, and the outpouring of emotion today just goes to show how impactful his character was. Needless to say, a few of us here at We Got This Covered shed a tear during Avengers: Endgame‘s finale, and we’ll certainly never forget Robert Downey Jr.’s portrayal of Iron Man.
RIP Tony. We love you 3000.