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?