Robert Downey Jr. may be up for “Iron Man 4” after all

Zade Rosenthal/Marvel Studios Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) with his new suit.
Zade Rosenthal/Marvel Studios
Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) with his new suit.

Following the somewhat decisive ending of “Iron Man 3,” it didn’t appear that star Robert Downey Jr. was going to be suiting up for any more solo adventures as the armored Avenger, but now there’s reason to believe again and the source is the (iron) man himself.

As the veteran of the Avengers franchise, he’d fulfilled his contractual obligations to Marvel Studios and for the briefest moment in time there was some thought Downey would not return for the sequel to “Marvel’s The Avengers.”

Robert Downey Jr. with Iron Man fansThat uncertainty got squashed quick as Marvel Studios/Walt Disney signed Downey for “Avengers 2,” which is now known as “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” and the yet to be titled “Avengers 3.”

But with MS’ aggressive slate of releases including a recent announcement that it has films lined up through 2019.

“It’s down to Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios president] and Ike [Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel Entertainment] and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that’s on us to agree or disagree,” Downey told Entertainment Weekly. “When things are going great, there’s a lot of agreement.”

“It’s that thing of: Why give up the belt when it feels like you can barely get jabbed?” he said. “The future is, as usual, uncertain.”

Rhodey as Iron ManI’m pretty sure everyone would be up for Downey to return in “Iron Man 4,” but with all the widespread changes occurring in the comic books, I wonder if this wouldn’t be the film that MS tries to phase Downey out of the role and have say Don Cheadle’s Rhodey assume the Iron Man role like he’s done previously in the comics?

  • Fred

    I’m still not sold on RDJ returning for a 4th ‘Iron Man’ film, but after hearing what he had to say and looking at how massive the ‘Phase 3’ line up is shaping up to be, I now believe there’s a much better chance of seeing RDJ return for “Iron Man 4” than I did a few days ago. It’s looking like ‘Phase 3’ will be the biggest one yet and could have 7-8 films in the line up.

  • Certainly sounds that way. I wonder if they’ll try to stretch out Phase 3 to build up for Thanos in “Avengers 3” or just go up to Phase 5 by 2019? No need to deviate from the strategy that’s worked so well so far.

  • Fred

    Jeff Marvel certainly has some very intriguing and great choices to make. Being that ‘Phase 2’ is shorter and how things we’re playing out, I had a feeling ‘Phase 3’ would be the biggest of the phases. I remember one guy saying several months ago ‘Phase 3’ would have 5 films and I told him he was crazy, Marvel only went shorter for ‘Phase 2’ because it fit their cinematic structure. ‘Phase 3’s’ line up was destined to be bigger with the new characters and franchises introduced. personally I love that it looks like this Phase could consist of as many as 8 films, who said it always had to be 5-6 films for a Phase anyway, it sure wasn’t etched in stone to the best of my knowledge lol.

  • Ben

    I think it would be a smart move for them to phase out Downey Jr as a way of testing the inevitable need to replace some actors. You can replace Iron Man but Thor might be quite difficult. Not that I would be against another Downey Jr movie though…