Robert Downey Jr. officially signs on for "Avengers 2" and "Avengers 3"

Film Frame/Marvel Studios Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) with his Mark 42 armor in "Iron Man 3."
Film Frame/Marvel Studios
Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) with his Mark 42 armor in “Iron Man 3.”

There’d been a ton of speculation and rumors floating around after Robert Downey Jr. completed his original Marvel Studios contract with “Iron Man 3” that Downey was getting out of the Tony Stark/Iron Man business, but now he’s signed on for two more turns in the armor.

Marvel.com announced the news earlier today:

Marvel is pleased to announce the signing of Robert Downey, Jr. to reprise the role of the “billionaire, genius, playboy, philanthropist.”

Under the two-picture agreement, Downey will star as Tony Stark/Iron Man in “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” and “Marvel’s The Avengers 3.” Downey is represented at CAA by Bryan Lourd, Jim Toth and Matt Leaf and by his attorneys Tom Hansen and Stewart Brookman of the firm Hansen Jacobson.

Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) plans strategy in "Marvel's The Avengers."
Courtesy Walt Disney Pictures
Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.)  in “Marvel’s The Avengers.”

For his part, “Avengers” director Joss Whedon said he wasn’t doing “Avengers 2” without Downey.

“Iron Man 3” is now the fifth-highest grossing film of all time with a $1.2 billion box office take.

Note the announcement didn’t mention any standalone “Iron Man” films so “Iron Man 3” may have ended that series, at least for now.

  • This news was inevitable, Marvel obviously had to re-sign ‘RDJ’ which was a no brainer. I knew this would happen because ‘RDJ’ had mentioned he would like to return for “Avengers” sequels, but wasn’t to keen on returning for more solo outings as ‘Stark’. Plus he said working on “The Avengers” was the easiest work he had to do and it sounded like the most fun he had as well, so it would stand to reason why he only wanted to return for the “Avengers” sequels. This news should also bode well for the other returning cast members to be well compensated financially. I believe Marvel might reboot the “IM” series several years down the road. As big as “IM3” has been, it was obviously more important for Marvel to sign ‘RDJ’ to “Avengers” sequels only since they will be far bigger hits than solo “IM” films would be. Between now and Comic Con next month, we should get a lot more announcements and details on re-signings, new signings and plans for ‘Phase 3’ films as well, I just hope ‘Black Panther’ finally officially fits in these future plans.

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