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Even in a motion-capture suit, Robert Downey Jr is more stylish than you

Robert Downey Jr. (center) won’t be caught dead in ping-pong balls.

If you’ve ever seen Robert Downey Jr. in person, you know the man does not suffer a fool’s fashion gladly.

Always dashing, futuristic, cosmopolitan — chunky sunglasses you can sorta see through, structured collars and footwear that’s probably worth your salary — the real-life Tony Stark likes to dress like the on-screen Tony Stark. Which is to say, expensively.

So when photos from the Atlanta set of Avengers: Infinity War went online Monday, we had questions. Something wasn’t quite right about this:

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Seriously, what is that, RDJ?

That jumpsuit thingy, with its fireproof weight, industrial piping, stealthy camoflage pattern and heavy hoodie? Too pedestrian to be some form of Stark tech, too workmanlike to be RDJ-approved casual wear, too normal to be a motion-capture getup.

(Can you imagine Robert Downey Jr. in a full mo-cap suit? LOL. He wouldn’t be caught dead in something like this, not for all the money at Disney/Marvel):

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For Sean Gunn, sure. For RDJ? No way

So what is RDJ wearing?

No one would don those layers in an Atlanta summer, and besides, everyone else is in costume (Banner’s sportcoat-and-sneakers look included). One big clue is the chest-piece, obviously not an Iron Man accessory — it looks like a Transformer head! Is that an Allspark? — but definitely where an arc reactor goes:

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That’s no arc reactor, Tony.

One of the photos from Monday’s batch show Downey’s double in an elephant T-shirt. Could it be that, just peeking out from his fireman’s hoodie?

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Didn’t you get the memo?

It’s not, though — another batch of photos over on Just Jared make it pretty clear that there’s a microphone and a plate where the arc reactor would go under that jacket. And another shot shows dots on his mantle … and then it becomes clear:

Robert Downey Jr. has his own, stylish mo-cap suit. In fact, this shot confirms it — Downey is doing the Iron Man hand thing:

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I’d like to meet his tailor.

And if you thought that Marvel was suddenly issuing fashion-friendly mocap suits to everyone, tell it to this poor guy, also on the Atlanta set of Infinity War:

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Wardrobe!

In all likelihood, RDJ’s bulky jacket stands in for the extra girth of his suit, or maybe he was just blocking this scene for a more tricked-out double.

But we prefer the theory where the world’s most fashionable male movie star insists that his motion-capture outfit be stylish enough to keep him looking cool in the event of pap photos.

We’ll find out for sure when Infinity War comes out next summer.

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