Robert Downey Jr. talks Iron Man future

“I’d go start another one tomorrow”

Iron Man 3 might have enjoyed the second biggest opening weekend in US box office history, but with Robert Downey Jr.’s contract now expired, the status of a potential fourth film remains clouded in uncertainty.

Downey is currently thought to be in negotiations over a potential return, although whether that will be in another solo movie or simply another Avengers outing remains to be seen.

“I’d go start another one tomorrow,” said Downey of the Iron Man franchise, “but it’s not tomorrow. 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.”

This uncertainty seems at least partly borne out of a desire to do other things, understandable for a man who has been the foundation stone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for quite some time now.

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

Meanwhile, Kevin Feige is confident that the character has a long future on the big screen, regardless of how these contract negotiations are resolved.

“I believe there will be a fourth Iron Man film and a fifth and a sixth and a 10th and a 20th,” says Feige. “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.”

Would you like to see Downey do another solo movie? Tell us, below!


    • BobTheSkull

      May 20th 2013, 6:47

      Or, in other words, 'Iron Man makes us too much money, so even if Downey doesn't return, we'll simply re-cast.'

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    • t8cmf

      May 20th 2013, 8:18

      Can you imagine the day in a hundreds years time when online movies fans start to argue over which is the better movie........Iron Man 35 or Batman 43?

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    • t8cmf

      May 20th 2013, 8:20

      Bloody iPad added the "s" to a hundred and movie.

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    • chibik

      May 20th 2013, 10:02

      I'm always happy for more news about the future of Iron Man, but that Kevin Feige quote at least is a few weeks old. Muddies the context a little bit.

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    • mamapendse

      May 20th 2013, 13:54

      @t8cmf, nobody cares about your typos. you don't need brag about your ipad.

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    • ilikescifi

      May 20th 2013, 14:50

      Iron Man is the stupid man's Batman. No antihero complex, more fun than Bond, it's like comic books, playboy mags and car commercials distilled and purified

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    • chibik

      May 20th 2013, 15:18

      @ilikescifi: And that's why we love it!

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    • Ali1748

      May 20th 2013, 16:14

      Feige's comment worries me, sure Iron Man/Tony Stark is a character that will continue down the line but a very very large part of the success of the series is down to Robert Downey Jr's charisma and acting ability, if Robert was to step away I hope to Odin Marvel at least wait ten years before attempting to reboot the series.

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    • t8cmf

      May 20th 2013, 19:41

      @mamapendse, go and troll somewhere else you moron.

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