What do you do if you’ve created arguably the best entry in the Iron Man franchise even with the added pressure of following the huge success of The Avengers? If Gwyneth Paltrow is correct, the answer could be “nothing.”
The actress, who plays Pepper Potts in the comic book movie series, sat down with our own Kevin McCarthy for an interview recently and revealed the sad news that she doesn’t think there will be an Iron Man 4. Listen to the news straight from the source around the 6:35 mark in this video below:
If Gwyneth knows what she’s talking about, this is big news. A lot of sites have already picked up on this story, including The Huffington Post, The Playlist, Digital Spy, FirstShowing, Collider, Bleeding Cool, and Metro News. But that’s a big “if.” It’s entirely possible that Paltrow could only be speculating here (she does say the word “think,” after all), or – if you want to look at this whole thing through a bit more of a nefarious lens – she might even be helping her co-star Robert Downey Jr. out by drumming up this kind of press. Her statement is generating a lot of pieces like this one in which most people are lamenting the potential loss of Downey in the Tony Stark role, which, of course, is perfect ammo for him to toss at Marvel in exchange for a massive paycheck to sign on for further adventures.
Downey has already hinted at leaving the franchise (we have a list of who might be able to fill his shoes), so this could all be an elaborate dance taking place in the press between him and the studio, or – perhaps if Paltrow knows something we don’t – this could actually be the end of Downey in standalone Iron Man movies. We’re fairly certain he’ll continue to pop up in other movies as this character, at least for a few more years.
Would it be so terrible if there wasn’t an Iron Man 4, 5, or 6? This was the franchise that started it all, and there are a lot more properties that have splintered off since then to start their own film series that we’ll get to see continue. Captain America and Thor are both getting their second adventures in the coming year or so, meaning that there will be at least one more individual outing for each of them. Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man are still in pre-production, so there is still plenty of room for more Marvel madness in the next decade with sequels to all of those properties, not to mention The Avengers 2 and probably The Avengers 3.
In any case, it’s fun stuff to think about until we get an official word from Kevin Feige and Marvel, and I’m guessing that will happen pretty soon so they can give fans an idea of how to set our expectations going forward. Iron Man 3 has a great ending that closes a lot of thematic loops in the series, but this is Hollywood – there’s always room for more. Where do you stand on seeing more Iron Man movies? Do you want to see the series continue? With Downey or without? Or should Marvel turn their focus on other characters? Sound off in the comments below.
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