Robert Downey Jr’s happy birthday message to Tom Holland is just beautiful

Robert Downey Jr and Tom Holland on Jimmy Kimmel Live
Robert Downey Jr and Tom Holland on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Robert Downey Jr has taken to Twitter to wish Tom Holland a happy 23rd birthday, and by doing so the Avengers: Endgame star immediately reduced Twitter to a blubbering mess. Here’s why…

If you’re not welling up at this post, are you even a real Marvel fan?

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Those of you that have been keeping up to date with the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be very much aware that Downey Jr’s Iron Man has played an integral, very fatherly role in Tom Holland’s trajectory as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War and, most recently, Endgame.

So the sight of Downey Jr writing such a heartfelt, yet still hilarious, happy birthday message to Holland was always going to make the internet feel all of the feels in unison.

WARNING: There are SPOILERS ahead for Avengers: Endgame. So if you’ve still not seen the Marvel blockbuster then, firstly, I’m not even sure what you’re doing here. But, most importantly, please don’t read ahead.

LOS ANGELES, April 24, 2019 -- Actors Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., actress Scarlett Johansson, actors Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner From L to R attend their print ceremony in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, the United States, April 23, 2019. The cast of Marvel Studios "Avengers: Endgame" including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner, along with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, received one of Hollywood's oldest accolades this Tuesday, to sign their names and put their handprints in cement at the TCL Chinese Theater IMAX in Hollywood. (Xinhua/Li Ying) (Xinhua/ via Getty Images)

It was the endings of both Infinity War and Endgame that really solidified their relationship, though. That’s because Iron Man had to watch Spider-Man being reduced to dust by Thanos in the former, while Spider-Man then saw Iron Man die in the latter, but only after he the metallic superhero had killed Thanos and his army.

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Despite his death, Iron Man’s looming presence looks as though it will play a prominent part in the next Marvel release Spider-Man: Far From Home, as Peter Parker looks to do his mentor justice.

We’ll see if he can do just that when Spider-Man: Far From Home is released on July 2.