Robert Downey Jr.’s profession infamously took a downturn within the Nineteen Nineties as a consequence of his substance abuse and addictions. He was arrested a number of instances and struggled to be insured on productions. Fortunately, Downey prevailed over his illness and his profession had an upswing within the 2000s. The very fact he was thought of to be in a blockbuster like “Implausible 4” was an indication of the approaching upswing. Nonetheless, the movies would not have been the profession kickstarter he wanted. They earned unflattering evaluations and middling box-office returns. Possibly RDJ bringing some further charisma as Doom would’ve given them a lift, however there’s solely a lot he may do alone.
The long-term ramifications would’ve additionally most likely been damaging. Think about the world the place RDJ can’t star in “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” due to scheduling conflicts with “Implausible 4,” or one the place he has to show down “Zodiac” as a result of he is already booked to shoot the sequel, “Rise of the Silver Surfer.” RDJ’s unbelievable performances in these motion pictures had been an enormous feather in his cap when it got here to restoring his popularity.
Now, the elephant within the room: may RDJ have nonetheless performed Iron Man with Doom on his resume? It is not out of the query — in spite of everything, Chris Evans went from the Human Torch to the MCU’s Captain America. The timing would’ve been chopping it shut, although. “Rise of the Silver Surfer” was launched in 2007, only a yr earlier than “Iron Man.” Possibly RDJ would not have been capable of accommodate each schedules. Possibly he would’ve had a foul expertise with “Implausible 4” and determined to not be a part of one other superhero franchise.
These potentialities are higher left unknown. Nonetheless, this piece of casting trivia does make Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s “Notorious Iron Man” a humorous learn, the place a reformed Doom turns into the brand new Iron Man.