Robert Downey Jr has been named a Dis­ney Leg­end for his role as Tony Stark

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Dis­ney has announced Mar­vel Cin­e­mat­ic Uni­verse mem­bers Robert Downey Jr, Jon Favreau, and Ming-Na Wen will be made Dis­ney Leg­ends.

Dis­ney names a series of leg­ends each year in recog­ni­tion of their con­tri­bu­tions to the com­pa­ny.

Downey Jr is being rec­og­nized for his role as Tony Stark — which he almost did­n’t get — through­out the Mar­vel movies, from 2008’s Iron Man to Avengers: Endgame, and in side roles in Cap­tain Amer­i­ca: Civ­il War and Spi­der-Man: Home­com­ing.

Ming-Na Wen was the voice of Mulan in the 1996 ani­mat­ed film and in sub­se­quent video games, TV shows, and movies, includ­ing the famous Dis­ney Princess scene in Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Inter­net. She now plays Agent Melin­da May, or the Cav­al­ry, on Mar­vel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Favreau served as exec­u­tive pro­duc­er on Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Avengers: Infin­i­ty War, as well as play­ing Hap­py Hogan in the Mar­vel movies. 

“The Dis­ney Leg­ends Award is the high­est hon­or we can bestow,” Dis­ney CEO Bob Iger said at the D23 Expo on Thurs­day.

“It’s a recog­ni­tion of tal­ent, a cel­e­bra­tion of achieve­ment, and an expres­sion of pro­found grat­i­tude to the remark­able men and women who have made an indeli­ble mark on our com­pa­ny and our cre­ative lega­cy.”

Also join­ing the 2019 crop of Dis­ney Leg­ends are Darth Vad­er actor James Earl Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean com­pos­er Hans Zim­mer, EVP of Imag­i­neer­ing Wing Chao, Fan­tas­mic! cre­ator Bar­nette Ric­ci, Descen­dents direc­tor and High School Musi­cal pro­duc­er Ken­ny Orte­ga, Hocus Pocus’ Bette Midler, ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, and ESPN and ABC host Robin Roberts.

Already on the list are 289 oth­er Dis­ney stal­warts includ­ing Pixar founder Steve Jobs, Mar­vel Uni­verse cre­ator Stan Lee, Star Wars and Indi­ana Jones cre­ator George Lucas, Pirates of the Caribbean’s John­ny Depp, Imag­i­neer and artist Mary Blair, pro­lif­ic Dis­ney princess movie com­pos­er Alan Menken, Princess Leia Car­rie Fish­er, orig­i­nal Mar­ry Pop­pins Julie Andrews, Ariel voice Jodi Ben­son, Belle voice Paige O’Hara, Tiana voice Ani­ka Noni Rose, Buzz Lightyear voice Tim Allen, the singing voice of Jas­mine and Mulan Lea Salon­ga, Bil­ly Crys­tal and John Good­man of Mon­sters Inc, and the orig­i­nal Par­ent Trap star Hay­ley Mills.

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