Why Mick Wingert Replaced Iron Man's Robert Downey Jr.
Just like in Season 1 of What If...? on Disney+, Mick Wingert voiced Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man instead of Robert Downey Jr. himself.
While it is true that What If...? is an animated streaming series and not a live-action MCU project, the bulk of Marvel Studios stars returned to voice their characters, including Thor's Chris Hemsworth, the Hulk's Mark Ruffalo, Hawkeye's Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury.
However, that does not mean Downey Jr. is the only original Avenger to sit this series out.
The reason appears to be two-fold. Not only did both Johannson and Robert Downey Jr.'s live-action characters sacrifice themselves in Avengers: Endgame and have since retired from the MCU, but these A-list stars aren't cheap.
The cost of bringing them out of retirement and voicing their animated counterparts may have been too steep, and choosing to rely on voice actors was likely a considerable saving for the studio.
Still, that's not to say replacing Downey Jr. with Mick Wingert has been seamless.
The longtime voice talent, whose credits range from Kung Fu Panda: The Legend of Awesomeness to Disney's The Princess and the Frog, first replaced Adrian Pasdar as Iron Man in the Avengers Assemble animated series and has continued to voice Stark in Marvel: Contest of Champions, Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Avengers Reassembled, Marvel Rising, Guardians of the Galaxy, and many more.
But again, filling Robert Downey Jr.'s role is no small feat. And, while Mick Wingert has captured the actor's signature tone, cadence, and even swagger, there are a few noticeable differences, particularly in terms of pitch.
The Future of Mick Wingert's Iron Man Role
But despite relatively recent rumors of a comeback, for now, it looks like the exit of both Robert Downey Jr. and the sacrifice of the live-action Tony Stark will remain intact.
Regardless of which camp fans belong in terms of an Iron Man resurrection, animated projects like What If...? and talents like Mick Wingert are a win for everyone.
Not only is more Tony Stark storytelling within the MCU possible, but it's believable, and without taking away from Robert Downey Jr. or Endgame's stakes.
The question now is whether Marvel Studios intends for Mick Wingert to continue replacing the Iron Man actor in future animated projects, such as Marvel Zombies.
New episodes of What If...? Season 2 will continue to drop each day on Disney+ through December 30, 2023.