Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Could Robert Downey Jr. Suit Up for Iron Man 4?

When Marvel announced a handful of new dates last week, people went to guessing what films would fill those dates. Even though Marvel has always said they'd make more Iron Man films, most people did not include Iron Man 4 on their lists. It turns out that maybe they should have...

After a rather public renegotiation with Marvel a couple of years ago, Robert Downey Jr. agreed to return in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers 3. The assumption by most was that once Downey finished work on the third Avengers film, he and Marvel would part ways and the Iron Man franchise would recast the role in the "James Bond-esque" way that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has so often mentioned.

It looks as though some of those thoughts may have been premature, if EW's recent interview with Downey Jr. is taken at face value. When asked by EW if he'd like to return for another Stark solo-romp, Downey replied, "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.Given that things seem to be going pretty great, Downey's statement hints that another turn for the actor as Iron Man.

Downey continued, "It’s that thing of: Why give up the belt when it feels like you can barely get jabbed?” he says—then adds a caveat. “Most people are saying that right when they get knocked out." It certainly sounds as though Downey, who had positive comments about his current working relationship with Marvel Studios, would happily return for another go IF the price is right.

Could Iron Man 4 be a part of Marvel's Phase 3, then? If they are going to do another film with Downey, it would make sense to include it in Phase 3. Downey is not getting any younger and won't be getting any cheaper, so planning more films beyond 2018/2019 doesn't seem like the best idea. While there are many other films I'd rather see instead of another Iron Man, I understand that another Iron Man mean another billion dollar box office for Marvel, allowing them to continue making films all the way up to 2028 just like they want. The people love Downey's take on Tony Stark and having him as a part of Phase 3 will only add a guarantee to its successes. We could find out as early as this Saturday when Marvel presents at Comic Con, so stay tuned in here for updates!