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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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Robert Downey Jr. will do ‘Iron Man 4′ with Mel Gibson

- October 3rd, 2014

Robert Downey Jr. knows something about redemption and forgiveness and helping his pals.

The highest-paid actor in the world – thanks to his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man – is currently on the promotional circuit for next week’s drama The Judge. (“Please help me prove that films about people can do business,” he pleaded on Facebook.)

Of course, interview after interview leads to inevitable questions about his future as Iron Man. Downey will appear in next summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and is inked for a third Avengers film. He hasn’t committed to Iron Man 4.

But in a recent interview with Deadline, Downey did say that he would do another instalment in the bazillion-dollar franchise if – big if – his pal Mel Gibson directs.
For those of you who don’t remember, Mad Mel gave Downey a second shot at stardom in 2003 with The Singing Detective. Mel has been in movie purgatory (not even a scene-stealing turn in The Expendables 3 could resuscitate him) after his personal demons took over – you know what those are so we won’t go over the details again.

Downey mounted a rousing defence for his friend (they worked together on Air America) telling Mike Fleming Jr., “Sometimes with these things, it becomes a matter of time, and it seems like it’s getting a little bit old to hold a grudge.”

And when he was pointedly asked about Iron Man 4 with Mel in the director’s chair he replied, “Why not? That movie would be bananas.”

And in case you are wondering, Downey has pulled this move before. Shane Black – who hired Downey to star in 2005′s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – was given the directing gig on Iron Man 3. So it helps to have a friend like RDJ.

So the question becomes, Iron Man 4 – Downey and Gibson – should it happen? Can it happen? Sound off in the comments below.

‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ set photo shared

- April 23rd, 2014

Marvel fans, has Robert Downey Jr. got a treat for you.

On Tuesday, Downey Jr. tweeted a picture of himself on the set of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

It’s a shot of Downey and executive producer Jeremy Latcham:

Even with the intense hype surrounding the new film, this picture isn’t the most interesting. At least, it’s not as cool as the set pictures of Aaron-Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen.

Robert Downey Jr. is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, and on April 11, he brought his viral popularity to the world of Twitter.

He has tweeted 10 times since then, but it was his 10th tweet that had nerds of all kinds frantically adjusting their bow ties and thick rimmed glasses.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out May 1, 2015, and is the sequel to the hugely successful “The Avengers” that grossed $1.51 billion world wide and became the third highest grossing film.

(h/t to Metal Arcade for the photos)

Robert Downey Jr. will play Iron Man in ‘Avengers 2′ and ’3′

- June 20th, 2013

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It’s official: RDJ is staying put as Iron Man.

Marvel has announced that Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to reprise his role as Iron Man in The Avengers 2 and 3.

While we already knew that The Avengers 2 is coming May 1, 2015, the news about Avengers 3 comes as a bit of a surprise. And a welcome one at that.

It was expected that RDJ would return for the Avengers sequel, with director Joss Whedon telling The Daily Beast he wouldn’t make the film without him.

The actor himself even said, “I like being a company man.”

Marvel promised more casting news soon, adding that Avengers 2 starts production in March 2014.

Absent from today’s news was any info on whether RDJ will return for Iron Man 4. With the third instalment the most successful at the box office, I’m sure Marvel will want to see him back in his own stand-alone feature.

What do you think? Are you happy that he’s back for Avengers 2 and 3? Do you hope this means Iron Man 4 is in the works? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Joss Whedon: I won’t make Avengers 2 without Robert Downey Jr.

- June 6th, 2013

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Even though Iron Man 3 is still raking in the dough at the box office, Robert Downey Jr. hasn’t signed on the dotted line to reprise his role as Tony Stark in The Avengers 2 (he’s still in negotiations).

And now we’re getting word that the one person who is kinda central to the making of that sequel won’t do it unless Downey Jr. returns. In a wide-ranging interview with The Daily Beast, director Joss Whedon said he fully expects RDJ to suit up once again to play his part in Marvel’s marquee superhero movie, and he won’t do it without him.

“He is Iron Man. He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond. I have no intention of making Avengers 2 without him, nor do I think I’ll be called upon to do that. I don’t think it’s in my interest, Marvel’s interest, or his interest, and I think everything will be fine. But I know that this is Hollywood and you roll with things. You have to be ready for the unexpected. But I loved working with Robert, and everybody knows he embodied that role in a way no one else can.”

Whedon is still working on the script for The Avengers 2, which is scheduled to drop in 2015 following Thor: The Dark World, and next year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Speaking of Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadline is reporting Benicio del Toro has joined the James Gunn-directed space opera.

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Due out in August 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy will focus on little-known heroes, like Star-Lord, Gamora and Rocket Raccoon, that debuted back in 1969. In the new film, they join forces to battle an intergalactic enemy.

Del Toro is rumoured to be playing the Collector and has signed a multi-picture deal with Marvel.

I have no doubt Downey will be back. I’m more curious how Whedon will incorporate Quicksilver into the new film now that Bryan Singer has scooped up the character for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Would you mind if Downey was replaced as Iron Man in Avengers 2? Let us know what you think in the comments.