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Robert Downey Jr. Returning as Iron Man for 'The Avengers' Sequels

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June 20, 2013
Source: Marvel

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Back in May, shortly after the release of Iron Man 3, it was revealed that Robert Downey Jr. was in talks with Marvel and Disney to reprise his role as Iron Man for The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3, but there was no discussion of an Iron Man 4. At the time, talks were tense because Downey was taking a stand against Marvel with his superhero ensemble co-stars for a bigger paycheck that includes part of the backend profits on the profitable franchise. The studio has been notorious for lowballing their stars with long term contracts for multiple films, and Downey wasn't having any of that anymore. There was a chance Downey could have been replaced, but Marvel has announced he's locked for two Avengers sequels now.

However, Iron Man 4 is not part of this new deal, so Gwyneth Paltrow's revelation that there might not be another standalone Iron Man movie with Downey and the rest of the crew could be accurate after all. The two-picture agreement at least keeps Downey in the shuffle for The Avengers for awhile. But it doesn't sound like we should expect any Iron Man action in between. In fact, there's a good chance that Downey's role in the superhero ensemble might decrease as the series continues, and maybe a replacement will come to light as Marvel Studios moves through Phase Two and Phase Three of their cinematic universe.

The Avengers 2 hits theaters May 1st, 2015, and while there's no date for The Avengers 3 yet, Disney just locked down dates for two unknown Marvel movies on May 6th, 2016 and May 5th, 2017. The first date seems like an unlikely target since it's just a year after the second film, but perhaps 2017 could work out for The Avengers 3. In the meantime, fans can breathe a sigh of relief that Robert Downey Jr. is still Iron Man.

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  • John
    I'm okay with no more Iron Man standalone films. Three was enough (and they have slowly declined in quality with each new installment IMO), and there are other characters to explore. But I'm glad Downey will be back in the Avengers sequels. And when he is done, whoever they get to replace him is going to have big shoes to fill.
    • Moutchy
      I agree. I'm glad he'll be back for Avengers, but I don't mind not having another Iron Man movie, as I was disappointed by the last one.
    • Corey Ross
      "There are other characters to explore"..bingo!!!!!! Stark can be the leader of the avengers, build the avengers tower and assist with new gadgets and tech..but another standalone Iron Man flick is really not necessary Bring on Ant Man, Black Panther, Ms. Marvel & Dr. Strange movies
    • Sky
      All i want is a Iron Man & Hulk movie
      • Chris Groves
        The Avengers sequel is probably going to feel very much like an 'Iron Man and Hulk movie' with some extra friends. Everyone loves Iron Man, for many...their favorite aspect of The Avengers was the Hulk. Most also loved the Stark-Banner friendship that was added to a bit with the IM3 post-credits scene. They know to give the fans what they want...I think that The Avengers 2 is very much going to be the Hulk and Iron Man show.
  • Meh of Steel
    Iron Man 3 was awful. I thought nothing could be worse than Iron Man 2, but I was wrong. Marvel needs a head of story less they become a DC/WB.
  • capitandelespacio
    So... this shows that Avengers without RDJr. it's a waste of time.
  • Nielsen700
    Good news.
  • mooreworthy
    How about a new War Machine that is not Rhodes, still a maverick, but not a futurist like Stark is.
  • DAVIDPD
    Oh shit! Great News!!!
  • Chris Groves
    Who did everyone love most in The Avengers? In no specific order, most would say Iron Man and Hulk. If Iron Man is to be phased out and another character given prominence...it should be none other than the other guy everyone loved so much in The Avengers, The Hulk. Also, since he's not getting a solo film in Phase 2, making him more of a focus in The Avengers sequel only makes about all of the sense in the world. Making Banner/Hulk more front and center in The Avengers 2 would be a natural progression(Stark had somewhat of a mentor-esque role in their scenes they shared in The Avengers, so passing the torch makes sense) and it would also perfectly set up and create demand for his own solo film in Phase 3....AKA the May 2016 or May 2017 film :D You don't want the 'big May tentpole' to be a new, lesser known character like Black Panther or something...you want it to be a big timer with the kind of abilities that lend themselves to all manner of spectacle...like the Hulk.
  • Chris Groves
    I honestly do think that...for the time being, that the focus might be a shift from Stark/Iron Man to Banner/Hulk. Stark 'launched' the MCU(although whether you like to include Hulk 03 as an 'unofficial' entry is up to viewer discretion), he made a cameo in The Incredible Hulk, actual footage from TIH was used in Iron Man 2...Stark and Banner had a cool friendship in The Avengers, the Hulk and Iron Man were probably most people's favorite thing about The Avengers, Banner made a cameo in the post-credits of Iron Man 3.... I feel that in The Avengers 2 the 'star of the show' role might shift from Stark to Banner/Hulk(I'm sure they'll want to make-up for lack of a solo-Hulk film in phase 2) and that will lead to the next Hulk solo film in Phase 3...I would bet that either the May 2016 or May 2017 film will be a 3rd Hulk film.
  • OfficialJab
    I liked Iron Man 3, but I wouldn't be said if Iron Man 4 never materialized. I wonder what his role will be like in A2.
  • AnotherDan
    This makes sense. Why not bank off RDJ's star power for Avengers 2 & 3, and then "kill him" at the end of Avengers 3, thus giving Marvel a plausible explanation as to why they're bringing back Tony Stark portrayed as a different actor (rather than shoe-horn in the change between Terrance Howard and Don Cheadle, al la Iron Man 2) in "reboot" version of Iron Man.
  • jah p
    This is good news, but I'm all for Karl Urban possibly being the next Iron Man.
  • MisterSix
    I get the impression that Chris likes Iron Man and the Hulk - but I may be reading it wrong. RDJ is the personification of Iron Man and Marvel know than very few - if any - other people could do the character justice. Now bring on Ant Man and Dr. Strange!
  • Charles
    Isn't it almost time for a Ironman reboot anyway? I mean it's almost been a 1/4 of a year. Time for Hollywood to restart this franchise.
  • avconsumer2
    Good news. Anybody can play Iron Man... Tony Stark though... RDJ has re-defined that character.
  • Josh9926
    RDJ has redefined the role of Tony Stark he brought a character to life in a way no actor has in history. Not only did he shake the movie industry with his role of iron man, but the man in the suit turned his life around with these films. So if you are looking for the answer to the all important question. "Is it the man makes the iron or the iron that makes the man." For Robert Downey Jr. It was simply both. Continue the iron man role Robert for all your fans.

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