Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Company recently released their list of Oscars they wanted the box office behemoth that was Avengers: Endgame to be considered for. There were lots of the expected technical ones, but also Best Picture.

The one thing that everyone thought was missing, however, was a mention of Robert Downey Jr for his performance as Tony Stark/Iron Man.

It turns out that including him in the list of potential considerations was something that was discussed, but it was the actor himself who nipped that idea in the bud.

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Speaking on The Howard Stern Show, the star said: “There was some talk about it, and I said, ‘Let’s not.’

“Doing [these movies] was their own reward. I don’t know that it’s time or if I am the guy… to have the Academy recognise.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Downey Jr became the latest Marvel star to respond to Martin Scorsese’s claims that the movies “aren’t cinema”. RDJ stated that he understood and respected the director’s opinion, but didn’t agree with them.

Despite Iron Man kicking the bucket in Endgame, the actor will be back for the Black Widow solo movie.

Avengers: Endgame is out now on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D, 4K and digital download.

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