What's Next for Robert Downey Jr. After Winning an Oscar? The Actor Weighs In

What's Next for Robert Downey Jr. After Winning an Oscar? The Actor Weighs In
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The Oscar winner believes he has 'mountains yet to climb.'


  • Some actors never live up to the success of their previous roles.
  • Robert Downey Jr.'s performance as Tony Stark in the MCU was considered by many fans to be his best and final work.
  • Winning the Oscar has helped the actor prove them wrong.
  • Robert Downey Jr. will appear in the upcoming HBO series.

Fame is a subtle substance. It comes and goes, ebbs and flows, waxes and wanes. For this reason, you may never have heard of some actors who were once very popular. But some are lucky enough to resurrect their careers after years of near oblivion.

For example, Brendan Fraser, the star of franchises such as The Mummy and George of the Jungle, enjoyed his heyday in the 1990s and early 2000s, but then dropped off the radar, working in smaller productions. In the late 2010s, however, Fraser returned to popular media projects like The Affair, Trust, and Doom Patrol, until finally starring in Darren Aronofsky's Oscar-winning The Whale, which was affectionately dubbed his Brenaissance.

And it seems that Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer may have had a similar effect on Robert Downey Jr.'s career.

The Calm after before a Storm

Since Robert Downey Jr. is the foundation of the MCU, as his Iron Man movie started the beloved cinematic universe, it would be absurd to say that the actor hasn't had a good and successful career. He's also starred in the Sherlock duology and several other critically acclaimed films such as The Judge, so it's clear that he's had a good run.

However, Robert's Tony Stark famously sacrificed himself in Avengers: Endgame, which was his last Marvel appearance, and many people felt that it was the pinnacle of his career and that he wouldn't get a bigger role than that. And indeed, after the Avengers movie, the actor starred in Dolittle, which received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, and mostly produced shows on television.

Fortunately, Robert Downey Jr. got a chance to show the depth of his talent in Christopher Nolan's Oscar-winning biopic last year. And now that the actor has won an Academy Award for his performance, many people are wondering what's next for him.

No Plans to Retire

'I got a couple other tricks up my sleeve,' Robert Downey Jr. shared in a recent interview.

At the moment, the actor is looking forward to the premiere of his HBO show The Sympathizer, in which he plays several antagonists and which he produces together with his wife Susan Downey. According to Robert, the upcoming black comedy-drama isn't as nuanced and deep as Oppenheimer, but he's still very proud of what he's created on the show.

In turn, the actor's wife and producer is full of enthusiasm herself, as she seems ready to expand their creative horizons.

'We're just getting started,' Susan Downey said in the interview. 'There's so many more things we want to do together and achieve together and play together, create together.'

In addition to The Sympathizer, the Downey spouses produce Netflix's Sweet Tooth, whose third and final season is said to premiere sometime later this year. And while there are no other projects in Robert's filmography, he seems determined to continue his career. And we couldn't be more excited for the actor.

The Sympathizer is scheduled to premiere on 14th April.

Source: People.