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