Robert Downey Jr. Leaves The Door Open for ‘Iron Man 4’

By July 23, 2014

Last year, our own Kevin McCarthy brought us the exclusive news that Gwyneth Paltrow didn’t think there would be an Iron Man 4. That seemed to indicate she hadn’t been part of any conversations about the potential movie, and since her Pepper Potts is still alive in the Marvel Universe and has been a major part of Tony Stark’s storyline, one would assume that if there were solid plans in place for a fourth Iron Man film, Paltrow would know about them. But now it’s a year later, and Robert Downey Jr. is changing the conversation.

Instead of Paltrow’s “I don’t think there’s going to be an Iron Man 4,” Downey’s singing a different tune – one that could end up netting him a whole lot of cash if things go his way. Here’s what he told EW:

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. When things are going great, there’s a lot of agreement.

Right now, [filming Avengers: Age of Ultron] 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.

It’s that thing of: Why give up the belt when it feels like you can barely get jabbed? Most people are saying that right when they get knocked out. The future is, as usual, uncertain.

Robert Downey Jr with Iron Man

As of now, Downey is only contracted to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers 3, but Iron Man 3 made $1.2 billion at the box office, and the actor recently topped Forbes’ list of the year’s highest paid actors for the second year in a row, pulling in a staggering $75 million in 2013 (the same amount as the year before). He’s experienced some pretty incredible lows in his career, and now he’s on the opposite end of the spectrum; would he really pass up another opportunity to make that much cash?

I was actually just speculating that one of the mystery dates that Marvel set in 2017 could end up being for a fourth Iron Man movie, because if Downey doesn’t end up doing one, audiences will likely have to wait from Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015 all the way to Avengers 3 to see him again, and I’m guessing Avengers 3 isn’t going to happen until 2019. Four years will be a long time to go without seeing the character who has basically been the poster boy for Marvel movies since 2008. But maybe some of this will be cleared up on Saturday’s Marvel panel at Comic-Con, so we’ll leave most of the speculation until after we have a bit more information to work with.

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