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Will Robert Downey Jr. Return For ‘Iron Man 4’?


Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) L-R: Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr.

A question mark has dangled over Robert Downey Jr.’s future as Iron Man for more than year, as the actor – the highest paid in Hollywood for two years in a row now — began to suggest his involvement with the Marvel franchise could be coming to an end. Indeed, his new studio contract covers The Avengers: Age of Ultron and its sequel, with no mention of Iron Man 4.

But asked “point-blank” by Entertainment Weekly whether he wants to star in another solo film, Downey indicated he’s certainly open to the possibility.

“It’s down to Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios president] and Ike [Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel Entertainment] and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that’s on us to agree or disagree,” said Downey, who made more than $50 million from The Avengers alone. “When things are going great, there’s a lot of agreement.”

Considering Avengers grossed $1.5 billion worldwide and Iron Man 3 earned $1.2 in the same arena, things seem to be going better than great. Downey agreed, saying, “Right now, this has just been swell, hasn’t it? This has been a really good one and it feels good and we’re having a good time.”

The question of whether Marvel and Disney will want to shell out more cash for Downey is another question. The notoriously frugal studio was said to be “so pissed” about his Avengers payday, and has been known to replace actors (just ask Terrence Howard).

“It’s that thing of: Why give up the belt when it feels like you can barely get jabbed?” Downey said. “Most people are saying that right when they get knocked out.” According to EW he then shrugged, smiled and said, “The future is, as usual, uncertain.”

Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.


  • demoncat_4

    marvel and disney would be crazy if he wants to continue playing iron man to let him pass. after all if hugh jackman can keep playing wolverine and he wants to keep being iron man let him and avoid having to recast. espically now with kevin revealing the real true mandarin will show up in a film. iron man four will fill both those bills perfectly. besides the only one who is proably upset over what robert gets is marvel owner Ike Perlmuter who likes running marvel as cheap as he can like scrooge

  • Michael A. Diaz

    The difference here is that of the last three movies with Wolverine in them (other than a cameo) only one of them was a huge hit; the two solo Wolverine movies were not huge films. Profitable? Yes, but not Avengers money.

    Yes, Jackman made a pretty penny, but not $50mil. As such, the studio has more leverage to pay him less.

    Disney/Marvel can’t do that with Downey. Basically, what he is saying here is “for IM4 I need to get paid.”

    And, he probably will.

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  • kynos65

    Poor whittle Disney, cranky at having to spend money to make money…

  • demoncat_4

    no doubt if mostly so Marvel can put off trying to recast for a bit. in fact would not be surprised if marvel starts hunting for a script writter for iron man four .

  • Michael A. Diaz

    Exactly; recasting is always much more of a risk than a sure thing.

    In the end, Marvel/Disney kind of brought this on themselves. They agreed to Downey’s terms for Avengers, etc. giving him points on the back end. Sure, they thought they’d make money, they just didn’t realize that they’d make $1.5 billion.


    And unfortunately, in Hollywood the thought is you should get paid more for successive film in a franchise.

    They learned their lesson, though. I think Evans is tied for six pictures, and I think the guy that plays Bucky is tied into a nine picture deal.

  • Chuck777

    This is so silly. RDJ made Iron Man 3 – a poorly paced, poorly written, poorly conceived movie – into a billion dollar hit. Give him fifty million and make another billion!

    This is a no brainer!

  • SlamAdams

    The “so pissed” comment seemed like a joke when he said it.

  • demoncat_4

    Chris evans got that deal down a few pictures citing he wanted a break from hollywood sooner or later. and the guy who plays the winter solider has like eight pics left unless he has a pay or play clause where marvel can decide they don’t want to use the winter solider any more and buy out the contract. but don’t think Marvel or disney figured the avengers would make billions and thus make it so robert downey can write his own ticked to done the armour .