Tony Stark and Steve Rogers might still be at odds (and literally on different planets) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but their portrayers are far from that. It's widely known that actors Robert Downey, Jr. and Chris Evans have tremendous amounts of respect for one another, and that a strong friendship was born out of the Avengers movies.
Therefore, when the founder of the Oscars-focused Twitter page AwardsWatch tweeted that the Academy Awards still didn't have a host confirmed on Thursday night, Chris Evans didn't hesitate to throw Robert Downey, Jr.'s hat into the ring. "I nominate @RobertDowneyJr," Evans suggested, in a tweet of his own.
The "nomination" actually makes a whole lot of sense. After all, the Academy Awards are easily the biggest awards ceremony in Hollywood, and the biggest night of the year for the film industry. What's more, next year will also see the release of the still-untitled Avengers 4, a film that is heavily rumored to feature Downey, Jr.'s last go as his most famous character, Tony Stark/Iron Man. The film will cap off a cinematic universe that the actor helped propel into the stratosphere of popularity 10 years ago, and it's sure to be one of the biggest movies of the year.
If there was ever a time to have an Avenger host the Oscars, it's now.
While it will be a while before the nominees for the awards ceremony are revealed, it is expected that Marvel's Black Panther will earn quite a few nominations, with the studio even making a push for the Ryan Coogler-directed film to get a Best Picture nod. It would certainly be a treat for Marvel fans to see Downey, Jr. host the Oscars the same year as Black Panther takes the Academy Awards by storm, but that will just have to remain to be seen.
The 91st Academy Awards ceremony will air February 24, 2019.
Downey Jr. and Evans will next be seen sharing the screen together in Avengers 4. The untitled sequel to Avengers: Infinity War will release on May 3, 2019. Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, it also stars Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, and Anthony Mackie.