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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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Olga Tokarczuk and Austria’s Peter Handke wins 2019 Literature award

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Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and Austria’s Peter Handke have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, with Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o overlooked.

Image caption: Olga Tokarczuk won for 2018 and Peter Handke is 2019’s winner

Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and Austria’s Peter Handke have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, with Kenya’s Ngugi wa Thiong’o overlooked.

Two winners were named – one for 2019 and one for 2018 – because the prize was not awarded last year.

The Swedish Academy, which oversees the prestigious award, suspended it in 2018 after a sexual assault scandal.

Tokarczuk, who also won the Man Booker International Prize last year, was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize, with this year’s Nobel going to Handke.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o had been considered a strong candidate for the prize, but he failed

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Kelvin Gates announces new song “I’m Him”

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In just a few hours, we’ll be hearing Kevin Gates’ latest musical offering in its entirety. For months, we’ve been hearing about his I’m Him project and we’re about to find out exactly why Gates is that dude.

After his release from prison early last year, the Baton Rouge veteran released his Chained To The City EP before coming through with Luca Brasi 3. It’s officially album time and his fans couldn’t be any more excited. Kicking off the campaign, the Bread Winner is starting us off with the introductory song on I’m Him, dropping a video for “RBS Intro.”

The video for “RBS Intro” was filmed during Gates’ trip to Amsterdam and the track itself is hard-hitting like most of his other hits. This will be the first cut from the new album.

Kevin Gates has described this journey as a reintroduction to himself, showing off all sides of his mind and truly remaining an open book. He said: “All of those negative connotations the world puts out…I’m him. All of those positive connotations the world puts out…I’m him as well. This is the new Kevin versus the old Kevin. It’s a celebration. It’s a rebirth. It’s redemption. I’m overcoming who I used to be in order to be greater.”

Stay tuned for the new album tonight!

Quotable Lyrics:

Hold it down when I’m on lock
Calling shots from the box
Diamond teeth full of rocks
I’m a real big speaker

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