Robert Downey Jr. Confirms There Are No Plans to Make 'Iron Man 4'

September 8, 2014
Source: Variety

Iron Man

For some reason, there have been rumors that Marvel Studios will bring back Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in another sequel outside of his already contracted appearances in The Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3. But Variety finally went straight to the man himself while he was promoting his new drama The Judge at TIFF this past weekend, and when they asked about this rumor, Downey confirmed, "There isn’t one in the pipe. No, there’s no plan for a fourth Iron Man." Co-star Gwyneth Paltrow thought as much in April of last year, before Iron Man 3 was released, and it sounds like that's true after all. Read on!

Now that doesn't mean that Marvel won't ever make another Iron Man movie, but the status of the character will likely depend on what happens to Tony Stark in The Avengers sequels. Considering rumors we've heard about a new team being introduced in next summer's The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Downey's previous talk about leaving the franchise behind when he turns 50 in a couple years, you can count on Stark leaving the superhero ensemble behind, likely leaving Captain America in charge (though we're not sure how long Chris Evans will stick around either).

At the end of the day, because of the way the real world and aging works, we always knew Downey couldn't be Iron Man forever, no matter how badly we wanted him to be. But this does raise the question of what could happen with the character of Tony Stark? Kevin Feige has previously suggested that it could be a role that simply gets recast over the years like James Bond. But since real time is passing in the Marvel cinematic universe, unlike the James Bond universe (with the exception of the recent Daniel Craig films), Stark cannot live forever and will eventually need to age as well. This is a problem that is likely pretty far out for Marvel, but it'll be interesting to see what happens. Thoughts?

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  • ColtNoir
    If it would be as bad as IM3, then this is the best thing Marvel can do
    • rickvanr
      you're letting Iron Man 2 off too easy, it was terrible.
      • ColtNoir
        that was bad but what they did to the Mandarin is just too unforgivable. that plus the fact that it was all forced humor and they made it a RDJ/Stark movie only. we're on the 3rd IM movie...there should be no issues with his armor at this point. it was just overall so bad that it made IM2 look better than it was
        • SkyNet300
          So true!
    It was a good run. But I suspect they will pay him one more time to make this happen.
    • ColtNoir
      I think Iron Man will be reserved for avengers movies from now on.
  • paulhaine
    I'd be surprised if they didn't coax him back with huge sums of money - how many times have we heard Hugh Jackman say 'no more Wolverine', for instance? - but Iron Man 3 did go to some effort to show that anyone could wear the Iron Man suits, or that they could be remotely controlled even. The whole film felt like an ending to the idea that "Tony Stark is Iron Man".
  • Lagoya
    I'm still pissed off about the Mandarin
    • me too. that killed the movie for me.
      • JBrotsis
        Marvel's one shot "All Hail the King" suggests the real Mandarin is actually out there....
    • OfficialJab
      As someone who had no prior knowledge of any Iron Man story, I thought it was neat.
  • Avi
    the third wasn't very great. They should introduce a new Tony stark after ultron. Let him make a new Sherlock Holmes movie! O wait, first 6 king Arthur story's from ritchie????
  • OfficialJab
    Too bad they used Chris Pratt. They need someone with a similar kind of attitude to replace Downey.
  • MattPeloquin
    I loved how in "Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow" Tony served as a mentor to the children of the original Avengers. I would love it if they followed this timeline seeing as it relates to Ultron, but I doubt they will.
  • JBrotsis
    I'm actually ok with that. I think Iron Man is a great character in the franchise, with his intelligence and witty sarcasm, and I think RDJ played the character flawlessly. Even if they James Bond it, there will never be an actor like RDJ to represent that character. But I think it's time to hand over the spotlight to other well known (or lesser known) characters that have been seen in the comics allied with the Avengers. Iron Man 1 and the trilogy was a fabulous break out, starter movie in the creation of the MCU franchise and Tony's key role in Avengers 1, heavily soon to be in Avengers 2, and whatever they do with Avengers 3 will be needed. But after which, I believe an assortment of other big characters will fill his role. If he pops up as a cameo or in a team up movie, then do go for it, but for now, it's time to set his character aside. One other thing, there's been talks of him being the new director of SHIELD, but wasn't that position given to Colson from Fury in "Agents of SHIELD"?
  • SkyNet300
    Ugh GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!! IRON MAN 2 and 3 were complete shit. So poorly made it was pathetic. I'm also sick of Downey's showboating all the time....he's played out folks




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