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

Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man

As Iron Man 3 in theaters, continuing to rake in move (it's surpassed the $1 billion mark worldwide), fans wanna know: what's up with Iron Man 4. Marvel has already said that another installment would come, but will it include star Robert Downey Jr.?

Downey Jr. has already expressed reservations about returning to reprise his role as Tony Stark, especially since it wouldn't come until, at least, after Avengers 2 hits theaters in 2015... and he doesn't seem to wanna wait that long.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor said he would definitely do one... if it was tomorrow, but it's not.

"I'd go start another one tomorrow, but it's not tomorrow," Downey said. "And there are a lot of other considerations. But I also don't like the idea of leaving people hanging or leaving people in the lurch."

Downey actually wants to begin to think about a career beyond Tony Stark and Marvel, which may include a third Sherlock Holmes movie, as well as other film franchises, such as David Dobkin's legal thriller The Judge and Jon Favreau's foodie comedy Chef, both of which he's been attached to.

"My intent is to launch another franchise, independent of any that I can even imagine right now," he explained to EW. "My intent is to dominate the playing field for as long as I can, with my own challenges, with myself."

Marvel, however, says Iron Man 4 will be made... with or without Downey. Studio president, Kevin Feige, believes Iron Man can be rebooted the same way the James Bond franchise did with various actors.

"I believe there will be a fourth Iron Man film and a fifth and a sixth and a 10th and a 20th," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told EW. "I see no reason why Tony Stark can't be as evergreen as James Bond. Or Batman for that matter. Or Spider-Man. I think Iron Man is a character just like that."

If Downey doesn't sign on, it's likely Marvel will move on with someone else. They already replaced Edward Norton with Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, as well as Terrence Howard with Don Cheadle as James "Rhodey" Rhodes.

For now, only time will tell if Downey will remain Iron Man for, at least, one more standalone film.

  • Grimmace

    Iron man would not be the same with out him in my opinion even in real like he is iron man don't let ur fans down man the iron man is ur part u can't change that I hope u never do

  • Grrrrrr

    I just dont think it would be the same if they used someone else. I dont think anyone could pulk it off as well as he does.

  • masterpiece

    think about something else..another kind of movie. The Iron Man 3 was perfect end of the saga.

  • Rigo77

    What none of these Marvell Officials understand is that The Iron Man character portrayed by Downey Is in a legue of its own. Far surpassed Bond or Bat Man, therefore cannot be just rebooted at anytime THEY NEED iron man. Downeys the spark that ignited the Marvel Universe. Show some gratitude and wait for downey!
    Marvel could be smart & send him into space after Avengers 2...that would solve things eh?

  • merwanor

    Since IM3 sucked, they have to have RDjr as Iron Man to even bring me back to watch another. RDjr is the really good thing about the Iron Man films, as he is the perfect Iron Man, I just can't see anyone else play Iron Man.

    Does not really matter to me though, they can never have a true Iron Man saga without a real Mandarin, and they screwed that up big time imo.

  • Roxtaf

    Robert Downey IS iron man and another lead would not be the same, that much is correct. That being said...

    The man is 48, 50 is looming right around the corner. And also there are other things in life for an actor then just repeating the same role again and again.

    So as much as i love him as iron man, i love him more as an actor, and i would like to see the man act. To many movies will eventualy water out an actors preformance if he is not 100 % set on being in the role.

    On imdb his "known for" currently only features two characters, say we let him go and then it might be four again.

    Also. And this might just be me. In my mind Tony is late 30's at the most, and there are limit to how long that will be believable in my opinion.

    Iron man will be fine without him, it wont be the same, but we will adjust, and who knows it might be better.

  • Keltari

    I really like RDJ as Tony Stark. However, no one is irreplaceable. The real question is can the writers keep the Iron Man/Avengers franchise going. Will the superhero genre die out when there is a stretch of bad movies?