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Robert Downey Jr. backtracks on ‘Iron Man 4′ comments

- October 7th, 2014

UPDATED: After confirming Iron Man 4 in an appearance on Ellen earlier in the day, Robert Downey Jr. backpeddled on his comments during an appearance last night on David Letterman.

When the late night host quizzed the actor about appearing in a fourth instalment, he indicated Marvel has a plan for the character — and let’s be clear, he said Iron Man 4 was happening, not that he was necessarily going to be in it.

“They do have a plan… they’re very secretive about it,” he told Letterman.

When Letterman pressed for an answer, he added: “Just between us, no — but I’m going to do other stuff with Marvel. I’m still going to be involved with Marvel and there’s going to be plenty of other fun stuff.”

So, could it be that we’ll see War Machine suit up for Iron Man 4? Speculate in the comments.

My original post follows below.


After teasing last week that he’ll do Iron Man 4 if Mel Gibson agrees to direct, and then teasing some more during a reddit AMA in which he said, “soon the Marvel Roster will be made public and all questions will be answered,” Robert Downey Jr. has confirmed that there will be a fourth instalment in the popular franchise.

RDJ broke the news on the Ellen earlier today after the host asked him point blank about the film. In the clip, which you can see below, Downey talks about Marvel’s plans for several upcoming movies. “We’re in the middle of a negotiation,” he adds. “So yes?” she asks. “Okay, yes,” he replies.

Downey will reprise his role as Iron Man in Avengers: Age of Ultron and he is slated to appear in Avengers 3 (which doesn’t have a release date yet). Speaking of Avengers 3, according to a report on Badass Digest, there is speculation that characters like Captain America and Thor may not appear in the film – or it might be split in two with the first half anchored by Iron Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

“Imagine an Avengers 3 without Thor or Captain America, maybe without Black Widow. It’s a movie where the secondary characters from the MCU get to stand up and prove their worth, possibly even setting up their own spin-offs. With Guardians Marvel has shown that their brand is the star, and by the time we get to A3 clearly people will be on board with the entire universe. Keep Iron Man – Robert Downey Jr’s renegotiated contract seems to specify Avengers 3 as his next film – and you have a new launching pad for characters to take over from the current big guns.”

Again it’s total speculation, but it has some weight given that Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth each have two movies left on their contracts.

In case you want to keep track, here are all the dates for what Marvel has coming in the next five years:

Avengers: Age of Ultron: May 1, 2015
Ant-Man: July 17, 2015
Captain America 3: May 6, 2016
Untitled on July 8, 2016 (most likely Doctor Strange, preferably with Jared Leto or Ethan Hawke)
Untitled on May 5, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy 2: July 28, 2017
Untitled on November 3, 2017
Untitled on July 6, 2018
Untitled on November 2, 2018 (my guess is that this is Avengers 3)
Untitled on May 3, 2019

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New images from ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

- March 19th, 2014

Not to be outdone by the fresh new concept art it released for Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel has dropped several brand-new images from next week’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The photos give us fresh looks at MMA star Georges St-Pierre as the villain Batroc the Leaper, as well as Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier and Chris Evans’ star-spangled hero.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4.

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First pic of GSP in ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

- January 30th, 2014

New posters from Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier have been released that show off Chris Evans’ Star-Spangled hero, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury. Marvel also released a production still showing MMA star Georges St-Pierre as the villain Batroc the Leaper. A digital comic prequel is available now.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4.

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Marvel releases comic book prequel to ‘Captain America 2′

- January 29th, 2014

Can’t wait for Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Well, you’re in luck.

Marvel has announced it is releasing a digital prequel comic ahead of the film’s theatrical release April 4. The title’s a mouthful – Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier Infinite Comic – but the new book promises to introduce characters and plot points from the upcoming sequel.

“If you’re a Captain America fan, this all-new adventure is rare sneak peek into the movie we still have to wait over two months for,” editor Bill Rosemann tells The Hollywood Reporter. “First, you get to see Cap rock his new stealth suit. Also, you’ll see one of his first missions working side-by-side not only with his Avengers teammate Black Widow, but also with Brock Rumlow, whose name should ring some bells.”

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The comic will be written by Peter David (The Incredible Hulk) and drawn by Rock-He Kim.

In related Captain America news, it seems that Marvel is so pleased with rookie directors Anthony and Joe Russo that they are already in early talks to bring the pair back for Captain America 3.

No release date has been skedded for the third instalment, but Chris Evans is scheduled to return. The film will most likely be part of Marvel’s Phase 3.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Infinite Comic is available via Marvel’s website and ComiXology.

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’: Watch the first trailer

- October 24th, 2013

Okay, April 4, 2014, can’t come soon enough.

Marvel has just released the first trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the third film in its Phase 2 series.

Cap is set to battle three villains – Crossbones (Frank Grillo), Batroc the Leaper (Georges St-Pierre) and Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) – with a present-day storyline that finds his best friend Bucky turned into a brainwashed assassin. Robert Redford, who is featured prominently in the new trailer, might also be playing a villain.

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The ad seems to back up an earlier release, which hinted Nick Fury (Sam Jackson) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) will play significant parts in the sequel:

“‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ will pick up where Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.”

The film, which is being directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Community), looks like it’s going to be wall-to-wall action, with a few laughs. I loved the first Captain America, and this could be even better. The action scenes (which I had some doubts about) look really well-choreographed.

Black Widow jokes with Cap about asking someone out on a date before he leaps off a S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, and we get our first look at Anthony Mackie as The Falcon. The film also seems to have shades of a 1970s spy thriller courtesy of Redford.

Check it out. I guarantee after watching, you’ll be left asking yourself: ‘Am I going to have to wait five months to watch this?’