Robert Downey Jr. Talks ‘Iron Man 4’ on ‘Ellen’ (UPDATE)

By October 8, 2014

Update: Downey went on Letterman last night and said that there are no plans for Iron Man 4 right now. Surprise, surprise. See what he has to say, and then read our original article below:

A few days ago, you probably saw a lot of crazy headlines proclaiming a variation of “Robert Downey Jr. Says He’ll Star in Iron Man 4 Only If Mel Gibson Directs It!” We opted to go with a calmer approach to the story, considering Downey obviously doesn’t think that Gibson is really going to get behind the camera for a Marvel movie any time soon. But if you look around the web right now, you’ll see another round of breathless headlines saying something like “Robert Downey Jr. Confirms Iron Man 4 on Ellen!!!!!” Take a look at the video below and watch his face closely at the end:

Ellen jokingly pushes him to answer the question, and he gives in. But that’s far from a serious confirmation, and I’m actually sort of embarrassed at the number of sites that have written headlines as if this is a legitimate news story. Listen, Marvel obviously has big plans in its future – plans that might involve a crazy shake-up with Avengers 3 and possibly an even bigger movie to follow – but the company is in full control of its future right now.

Kevin Feige knows how things are going to play out over the next decade, and Iron Man 4 might not even be on his radar. When Downey talks about negotiations, he could be talking about that sequel, but it’s more likely he’s talking about something larger than another solo Iron Man film. Does Marvel want to go down the path of making Cap 4, Thor 4, or even Ant-Man 4? It seems like they’ve proven that they can just explore more of their heroes in the MCU and they won’t need to pay actors those pesky salaries they’re looking for to come back for fourth, fifth, and sixth installments of the same character’s story. Downey did say in an AMA on Reddit earlier today that “sooner than later the Marvel Roster will be made public and all questions will be answered.”

So it seems like we won’t have much longer to wait before we finally have an idea of what Phase Three looks like and how Iron Man may or may not fit into the larger plan.

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