Robert Downey, Jr. (Iron Man) has been officially awarded with the highest honour from Disney during the D23 Expo 2019.
Amid all of the drama following the Sony/Disney split for Spider-Man, RDJ has been granted ‘The Disney Legends Award’ which is the highest honour that Disney bosses can give. It is a recognition for the amazing people who have created history for the company.
RDJ was at the forefront of creating and launching the MCU back in 2008 when he began his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man. Since then, he has starred in 10 of the MCU films which he has had a heavy hand in helping to create.
He was presented his award by Disney mogul Bob Iger. He then went on to joke in a very RDJ manner about his first trip to Disneyland where he was told off when he was caught smoking pot during a gondola ride.
RDJ said, “I was brought to a surprisingly friendly processing centre, given a stern warning and returned to, if memory serves, one very disappointed group chaperone.” Despite joking, however, he then became emotional and expressed his gratitude to MCU fans. He continued, “I had a feeling that today would be special. I want to thank the fans who made this all possible starting back in 2008. Playing Tony over these many years and that thematic idea that technology can guide our species toward enlightenment has been really worthwhile.”
Despite no longer playing Tony Stark, he will still remain a fan of the films and support the MCU from afar.