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Robert Downey Jr. Signs On To Return For 'The Avengers 2' & 'The Avengers 3,' But Where's 'Iron Man 4'?

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by Kevin Jagernauth
June 20, 2013 1:58 PM
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So remember all that talk about Robert Downey Jr. walking away from Iron Man, conveniently timed around the release of "Iron Man 3"? Well, it looks like cooler heads and/or lots of cash has prevailed as Tony Stark isn't going anywhere...as far as The Avengers are concerned anyway....

Marvel has officially announced that Robert Downey Jr. will be back for "The Avengers 2" and "The Avengers 3," which means the superhero tag team you know and love won't lose their most popular character anytime soon. So that's good news as the studio gears up to shoot the sequel next spring for a 2015 release, and while the inevitable part three doesn't have a release date yet, Disney did recently announce two untitled Marvel dates for May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017 -- and we presume 'Avengers 3' will probably take the latter slot. That's our educated guess anyway.

But the most curious thing about this announcement is that there is no mention of "Iron Man 4." So perhaps RDJ was telling the truth about walking away from Iron Man...in that he's done with doing the standalone movies. It's curious, especially considering "Iron Man 3" is the first billion dollar earner of the year, easily Marvel's most popular character, and a massive success, but Kevin Feige has already gone on record saying he could see others put on the suit. Still, that's a big move for a franchise that is peaking, and it'll be interesting to see how it plays out. And it'll also be interesting to see what kind of coin RDJ is getting for the 'Avengers' flick -- we can only imagine his price tag for doing "Iron Man 4" if/when that could happen, would be enormous. And after paying the actor $50 million in back end coin for "The Avengers," maybe Marvel doesn't want to part with that kind of money.

Regardless, Tony Stark is back. 

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6 Comments

  • anon | June 20, 2013 3:36 PMReply

    its obvious...IM4 will be a 'reboot' taking place either later or earlier with a different (cheaper) actor...it has to happen eventually, RDJ is only getting older...iron man tho is a timeless brand.

  • Daniel | June 20, 2013 2:47 PMReply

    Here's the most curious thing, for me. Does Marvel go ahead and make more "Iron Man" movies in the meantime, with a different Tony Stark? Ping-ponging between actors, like Bond went from Sean Connery to George Lazenby back to Connery? Otherwise, it looks like RDJ has them over a barrel -- that they can't make any more "Iron Man"s until after "Avengers 3" in, what, 2020?

  • Glass | June 20, 2013 3:16 PM

    Let's be honest, Iron Man wouldn't have been nearly the smash it was without RDJ. I think Marvel knows that audiences would have a VERY hard time buying a different actor in the role - unless the whole universe gets rebooted, which is another story

  • Hal Ash | June 20, 2013 2:37 PMReply

    When will the public get tired of these dumbass Superhero movies?? Avengers was an overrated piece of crapppp!

  • evie | June 20, 2013 4:27 PM

    same thought

  • caro | June 20, 2013 2:35 PMReply

    Marvel is inventing a new money machine to do IRON MAN 4 with RDJ

    and i believe any actor deserve $ 50 millions

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