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Is Robert Downey Jr Really Close To Quitting Marvel?

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Most recently there has been an array of speculation surrounding the future of Chris Evans in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but now the Captain America actor has really thrown the cat amongst the pigeons by suggesting that Robert Downey Jr. is much closer to quitting as Iron Man than he is. Chris Evans recently crushed the spirit of millions of Marvel fans when he candidly admitted:

Downey is far closer to reaching that point where he may walk away. And I don’t know how you replace Downey as Tony Stark. I don’t know who else can touch that.

Since Robert Downey Jr. made his debut as Iron Man and kicked off the Marvel Cinematic Universe all the way back in 2008, it would make sense if the Oscar-nominated actor now decided that the time was right for him to bid farewell to the character. Especially because Downey is reprising his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in a number of films in the very near future, which would help to soften the blow if he did bow out.

Not only does Tony Stark have a prominent part in Spider-Man: Homecoming, which seemingly sees Robert Downey Jr. playing a mentor figure to Tom Holland’s burgeoning superhero, but after the events of Captain America: Civil War, he’ll also get to awkwardly meet up with the rest of the Avengers again in Infinity War and the still-untitled Avengers 4. Once Downey’s work on these films is complete, though, he’s not actually contractually obliged to return as Iron Man, which means the decision rests with him.

Chris Evans’ additional remarks to USA Today are spot on, too, because trying to find a replacement for Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark is virtually impossible. Not only did his casting and performance in Iron Man immediately pin down the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s playful tone, but it brought a charisma to the series that it was able to build and play off of. With that in mind, I believe that Marvel shouldn’t and won’t look to replace Downey as Iron Man in the near future.

In fact, I believe that Spider-Man: Homecoming will set Tony Stark up as an aging superhero that’s little past his prime, something that was teased at Civil War. Then, in the Avengers: Infinity War films, Tony Stark will prove himself and have a triumphant farewell, while paving the way for a new younger superhero to take the reigns of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That could involve him saving the day and moving off into the sunset, or it might involve Marvel finally killing off someone of importance. I think it will probably be the former, because that would leave the opportunity for the Marvel Cinematic Universe to turn to Downey in a supporting role if they ever actually hit some trouble.

Either way, we’ll get a better indication of Robert Downey Jr’s Marvel future after Spider-Man: Homecoming is released on July 7, an even clearer idea after Avengers: Infinity War hits on May 4, 2018 and then everything should be apparent when Avengers 4 arrives on May 3, 2019. Which means that we still have at least two years worth of Downey to look forward to.

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Comedian ogusbaba shows off is new home in lekki.

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Nigerian comedian, Ogusbaba has joined the growing list of Nigerian entertainers that own houses in Lekki, Lagos state.

The overjoyed entertainer who shared photos of his new house in Lekki, also shared a photo of his old apartment in Enugu where he lived for 2 years. Ogusbaba said God made him go through that experience so he can appreciate all he has today.

He wrote;

“How can ogusbaba forget this house?this was the first rent I paid, a local warri boy on a mission to survive, I stayed in this house for 2years in Enugu, a roof made with carton, foundation made with wood,the room was so small you cant stretch ,the toilet no go area ,but staying in this house not just as a student but also as a comedian.it was very inspiring because I know it was just a temporary room, and God made me to pass through this house so I can tell my story and appreciate today. LORD IS GIVE U ALL THE GLORY”

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Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival

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Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, has told the BBC he is confused by Rwanda’s decision to ban him from playing at the upcoming Kigali Jazz Fusion festival.

Kidum is one of Burundi’s biggest music stars and has performed in Rwanda for the past 16 years.

But a police official phoned the musician’s manager to warn that he would only be allowed to make private visits to Rwanda.

“[My manager was told] Kidum is not supposed to perform, tell him to leave. If he comes for private visits fine, but no performances,” the musician told BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.

The mayor of Rwanda’s capital said that in this instance permission had not been sought from the authorities for him to perform at the festival in Kigali.

Kidum was a leading peace activist during Burundi’s civil war between 1993 and 2003 and used his songs to call for reconciliation.

The 44-year-old musician said he had never had problems with Rwandan authorities until recently when three of his shows were cancelled at the last minute – including one in December 2018.

That month Burundi had banned Meddy, a musician who is half-Burundian, half-Rwandan, from performing in the main city of Bujumbura.

Kidum said he was unsure if the diplomatic tensions between Burundi and Rwanda had influenced his ban.

“I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence about that. And if there was politics, I’m not a player in politics, I’m just a freelance musician based in Nairobi,” he said.

He said he would not challenge the ban: “There’s nothing I can do, I just wait until maybe the decision is changed some day.

“It’s similar to a family house and you are denied entry… so you just have to wait maybe until the head of the family decides otherwise.”

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