Will he or won't he? This is a question that's been floating around since Iron Man 3 became Marvel Studios' second highest grossing movie, its second $1 billion movie box office earner in a row and since Robert Downey Jr. only signed a new contract to reprise the role of Tony Stark and Iron Man in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Avengers 3.
With paperwork for any other Marvel Studios films outside of Avengers 3 up in the air, he just wrapped filming his scenes in Age of Ultron, Downey seems playfully confident he will return for an eventual Iron Man 4 sequel.
The actor told Entertainment Weekly:
"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."
Downey was on set of Avengers: Age of Ultron during his interview with EW, and in high spirits about the sequel.
"Right now, this has just been swell, hasn’t it? This has been a really good one and it feels good and we’re having a good time."
He then spoke about being on top of the Marvel super hero movie world—which his wallet can corroborate after pocketing a reported $75 million on the back end for Iron Man 3.
"It’s that thing of: why give up the belt when it feels like you can barely get jabbed? Most people are saying that right when they get knocked out.
"The future is, as usual, uncertain."
While Downey tip-toes around the thought of a possibly return for Iron Man 4, he does sounds highly optimistic of the chance for a return in Iron Man 4. Marvel Studios secured five more movie release dates last week, could one of those be a soon-to-be-announced Iron Man 4 movie?
It is Comic-Con week, so there's always a chance at a surprise announcement in Hall H[ydra] that Downey is back in the ring for another round as Tony Stark and Iron Man.
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