Robert Downey Jr. Wants to Be Tony Stark In Real Life

It’s easy to say we’re living in a more meta world, particularly with the worlds of fiction and reality increasingly overlapping. Maybe it’s just coincidence due to a more complex world often requiring situations and solutions we used to see only in fiction.

Anyone who writes fiction, though, will know reality is catching up fast to technologies seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We’ve all seen how Tony Stark/Iron Man played around with artificial intelligence, something already evolving daily in the real world.

Robert Downey Jr. is now using his riches to use similar technologies in possibly saving the world’s environment. Now we ponder if the Marvel superheroes created their Endgame alternate reality in our reality.

Let’s be grateful Downey is using his wealth for something useful

Robert Downey Jr.
Susan Downey and Robert Downey Jr. | Rich Polk/Getty Images for Disney

With Robert Downey Jr.’s net worth reported at a staggering $300 million (one of today’s Top Five earners), it’s a gratifying feeling to know he isn’t going to be sitting on his money like Scrooge McDuck.

Even he’s likely struggled to figure out how he could use that money to the best advantage in helping others. After all, he’s always been known for being a generous soul, despite his troubled past.

With a constant barrage we all face of fatalistic headlines about civilization possibly ending by 2050 and the planet warming faster than thought, we have to turn to the world’s wealthy to find financial answers or backing.

We’re seeing some of our world’s billionaires step up to some degree (see Bill Gates), yet we don’t always see celebrities like Downey coming forward to offer solutions.

Downey is linking his money with real technology experts

Everyone was a bit stunned when Downey showed up at Amazon’s re:MARS conference in Las Vegas on June 4 to say he’s funding the use of artificial intelligence and nanotechnology to help solve our major environmental crisis.

Lest anyone think he’s doing all the work himself, he said he just merely came up with the idea recently when having a dinner conversation with AI experts. It makes you wonder if said dinner crossed over into the MCU universe and how surreal it became discussing the matter like talking to Tony Stark.

Of course, we know Stark was a one-man show when it came to technology. As we saw in the MCU movies, he was tinkering with AI for use in other ways. Some fans even think he created an AI version of himself who might appear in a future movie to defy death.

Other than this, we know Stark also used technology to save the world from peril. What kind of a real world crossover are we looking at here?

Nanotechnology really would help bring solutions

If you haven’t kept up with the developments in nanotechnology, it’s going to help everything from medical procedures to larger issues like preventing environmental decay. Undoubtedly, a lot of scientists developing these technologies have already had some plans to use them to slow down the earth’s seeming demise.

The only thing stopping it all is money, hence the usefulness of Downey with far too much money available in his bank account.

Then again, it seems like Downey has applied a bit of his own creativity in offering some uses of these technologies to help clean up the plastics littering our oceans. His plan is one taking place slowly over a decade’s time, something perhaps not solving the issue completely. Yet, even a small amount of damage reversal will have kept us from the precipice.

On a larger sociological scale is the idea of others who play cinematic superheroes possibly becoming the real thing.

Playing superheroes perhaps reinforces commitment to solving problems

Yes, this meta world we’re living in might have a lot of fantastic applications. One of those is in other actors playing superheroes taking Downey’s lead.

Maybe those other actors aren’t quite as wealthy as he is. Nevertheless, you have to ponder whether they’ve all considered becoming real superheroes in some capacity after assimilating their characters for close to a decade.

If you don’t think this hasn’t happened with Chris Evans after playing Captain America for nine years, we may see some interesting results in coming years.