Did Robert Downey Jr. Really Confirm Development of 'Iron Man 4'?
Just last month, Robert Downey Jr. confirmed that there were no plans for Iron Man 4. He was asked directly about whether or not another sequel was in development, and he flatly said, "There isn’t one in the pipe. No, there’s no plan for a fourth Iron Man." However, if we're to believe a casual chat that Ellen DeGeneres had on her own talk show with Downey today, then that might not be the case anymore. The charming Ellen flat out asked Downey whether or not there would be an Iron Man 4, and he said, "I know there's going to be a bunch more Marvel movies. And they have big ideas of how to do it best, and we're in the middle of negotiation, blah, blah, blah…" And then she just went for the gold. Watch what happened!
Here's the very brief interview segment with Robert Downey Jr. from "Ellen" today:
Now Downey's reaction could easily be just an easy-going joke, but this is the first time he's mentioned that there's negotiations with Marvel for it to happen. After all, the last we heard, Downey was only contracted for The Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3, so there would need to be a whole new deal for Downey to return as Tony Stark for a fourth standalone Iron Man movie. In a Reddit AMA, Downey also said, "Sooner than later the Marvel Roster will be made public and all questions will be answered." I liked the way Iron Man 3 ended and just assumed they could wrap up anything involving Tony Stark in The Avengers films, especially if he ends up leaving the team.
Of course, Marvel knows that Iron Man is a valuable commodity, so I'm sure they're going to do everything they can to get at least one more Iron Man film out of Robert Downey Jr. Recently he jested that he would only do Iron Man 4 if Marvel hired Mel Gibson to direct. And while that likely won't be his stipulation for returning, he is good friends with Mel Gibson and would like to see him get a chance at a comeback. Anyway, here's hoping we get some kind of official word on what else is in store for the Marvel cinematic universe, specifically Tony Stark, sometime soon. Do you want Iron Man 4?