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