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Robert Downey Jr. doesn't think an Iron Man 4 is in the cards

03.14.2016

Robert Downey Jr. is the special attraction of the Marvel Cinematic Universe now. He doesn't need to be Iron Man all the time, but when the moment calls for it, he shows up as the big deal that he's turned Tony Stark into and it means something. For anyone who might be a wrestling fan, he's like The Undertaker. He isn't always around, but then he shows up at WrestleMania, the fans go crazy, feeling as if they've seen something extraordinary, and then he goes away again until next year. Robert Downey has a similar deal. He doesn't need to be in a Thor or Doctor Strange movie, but when THE AVENGERS rolls around, you know he'll be there.

That was essentilly the deal RDJ had agreed to previously where it was only going to be AVENGERS movies he showed up for (barring Marvel willing to meet his price for any other individual instances). That changed when the idea for CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR was hatched, and, as a result, RDJ re-upped for another entry in the MCU. But what does that mean for Iron Man's future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Is there more Tony Stark story to tell on a solo basis, or is he strictly ensemble only these days?

In a conversation with USA Today, Robert Downey Jr. spoke about his thoughts on the prospect of an IRON MAN 4...

I don’t think that’s in the cards. In a way it’s Cap 3 but for me it’s like my little Iron Man 4. And then it’s back to the thing we all recognize. Everything pulls over to the side of the road when the thunder of an Avengers thing comes through because that’s how it is until it changes. If it changes.

Now theoretically Downey, even at the age of 51 currently, could still play Iron Man for awhile. He looks remarkably good for his age, and with the advances the industry continues to make in visual effects, he never has to climb into the Iron Man armor again.

But, as with all things Marvel, everything is about how the greater Cinematic Universe is served, and, with a pretty complete trilogy of Iron Man tales having already been told, a fourth one doesn't quite seem to blend into the fabric of what they're doing right now, namely building new heroes to step up into the limelight.

Robert Downey Jr. will always be such a mega force in the grand scheme of the MCU. He doesn't need another solo IRON MAN to maintain that. He can just keep being The Undertaker.

Robert Downey Jr. will next show up as Tony Stark/Iron Man in CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR on May 6, but you already knew that.

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Source: USA Today

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4:03PM on 03/15/2016
Enough of Iron Man.
Enough of Iron Man.
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11:44AM on 03/15/2016
Good. I like RDJ in this role as much as the next guy but there are so many properties Marvel can bring to the big screen, so why spend 4 movies on the same character? He's a helluva lot of fun to watch, so throw him in Spider-Man, and Infinity War Parts 1 and 2 and I'm good with that.
Good. I like RDJ in this role as much as the next guy but there are so many properties Marvel can bring to the big screen, so why spend 4 movies on the same character? He's a helluva lot of fun to watch, so throw him in Spider-Man, and Infinity War Parts 1 and 2 and I'm good with that.
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9:50AM on 03/15/2016
I really want an Iron Man 4. The first Iron Man film is still my favorite MCU film, and the last two were kind of bad. I'd love to see a final GOOD Iron Man movie, but I guess that's a long shot now.
I really want an Iron Man 4. The first Iron Man film is still my favorite MCU film, and the last two were kind of bad. I'd love to see a final GOOD Iron Man movie, but I guess that's a long shot now.
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8:57AM on 03/15/2016

Did I miss something?

There were plans for a 4th one? The 3rd one had enough closure so I assumed it was the end for his solo movies.
There were plans for a 4th one? The 3rd one had enough closure so I assumed it was the end for his solo movies.
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4:29AM on 03/15/2016
Did they scrap the plan to have Downey be in the new Spider-Man reboot as Peter's mentor?
Did they scrap the plan to have Downey be in the new Spider-Man reboot as Peter's mentor?
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9:13PM on 03/14/2016

That's good....

The third one was such a pile of crap that there's nowhere for them to go. They've trashed his strongest adversary and left him with a bizarre conclusion to the story that involves a magical fire-powered Pepper, the destruction of all his suits, and him walking away from it all. Then he was suddenly back in charge for AoU, and will now be working for the government (the least Tony Stark thing imaginable) in Civil War.

So they've got his character so screwed up I don't see where he goes
The third one was such a pile of crap that there's nowhere for them to go. They've trashed his strongest adversary and left him with a bizarre conclusion to the story that involves a magical fire-powered Pepper, the destruction of all his suits, and him walking away from it all. Then he was suddenly back in charge for AoU, and will now be working for the government (the least Tony Stark thing imaginable) in Civil War.

So they've got his character so screwed up I don't see where he goes for a 4th unless you're going to introduce the new Iron Man that would take over (as inventor and as the hero).
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9:13PM on 03/14/2016

Ok with me

Marvel really needs to branch out, as they've been doing recently, and explore the countless characters and stories they have at their disposal. I have a feeling Iron Man will be dying in Civil War, only to return in Infinity War Pt. 2 then exiting the MCCU for good.
Marvel really needs to branch out, as they've been doing recently, and explore the countless characters and stories they have at their disposal. I have a feeling Iron Man will be dying in Civil War, only to return in Infinity War Pt. 2 then exiting the MCCU for good.
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8:12PM on 03/14/2016
Yeah, I've suspected for a while that Iron Man will be Cameo-Man from here on.
Yeah, I've suspected for a while that Iron Man will be Cameo-Man from here on.
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6:59PM on 03/14/2016
That's too bad. After the whole controversy with Iron Man 3 and the Mandarin twist (which I enjoyed by the way), I was hoping we would see Tony go up against the REAL Mandarin this time and then call it a day with his storyline solo franchise.
That's too bad. After the whole controversy with Iron Man 3 and the Mandarin twist (which I enjoyed by the way), I was hoping we would see Tony go up against the REAL Mandarin this time and then call it a day with his storyline solo franchise.
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6:34PM on 03/14/2016
I'm ok with not having an Iron Man 4. He doesn't need it and I agree that he can be in other movies and still play Iron Man as if it was his own movie. What we do need is another and more suitable Hulk film. Not an origin story but something good, and I see that the new Thor will give him more justice.
I'm ok with not having an Iron Man 4. He doesn't need it and I agree that he can be in other movies and still play Iron Man as if it was his own movie. What we do need is another and more suitable Hulk film. Not an origin story but something good, and I see that the new Thor will give him more justice.
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2:50AM on 03/15/2016
Yeah I agree. I enjoy him in Avengers but I feel they still haven't figured out how to use the character to his greatest potential yet. He feels relegated to the fringes of the MCU right now.
Yeah I agree. I enjoy him in Avengers but I feel they still haven't figured out how to use the character to his greatest potential yet. He feels relegated to the fringes of the MCU right now.
6:13PM on 03/14/2016
Oh thank god. The MCU is getting old. The Civil War trailer didn't do it for me. After AoU, I don't see myself getting excited for a MCU movie again. It's all the same. They should wrap things up after Infinity Wars and take a break.
Oh thank god. The MCU is getting old. The Civil War trailer didn't do it for me. After AoU, I don't see myself getting excited for a MCU movie again. It's all the same. They should wrap things up after Infinity Wars and take a break.
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6:32PM on 03/14/2016
Oh... you're one of those guys. Once something messes up once there is no forgiveness right? Just because AoU was a little bit of a let down, I still enjoyed it. It doesn't mean that you have to right off the rest of the future movies. You must be pro Batman v. Superman if you think that trailer sucked. I'm excited for both movies however but I feel that Civil War will be a much better and well written movie.
Oh... you're one of those guys. Once something messes up once there is no forgiveness right? Just because AoU was a little bit of a let down, I still enjoyed it. It doesn't mean that you have to right off the rest of the future movies. You must be pro Batman v. Superman if you think that trailer sucked. I'm excited for both movies however but I feel that Civil War will be a much better and well written movie.
6:50PM on 03/14/2016
No not super excited for BvS, I've seen too many of these movies in too few years and they are all following the same blueprint now. GotG was a blast and so was Deadpool, but now all the sequels will just be rehashes of what worked well. I just feel like with the few exceptions--which you can see coming a mile away because of how they stand out--these movies are all just the same thing over and over again.

Slow down with all these sequels unless there is something new to bring to the table.
No not super excited for BvS, I've seen too many of these movies in too few years and they are all following the same blueprint now. GotG was a blast and so was Deadpool, but now all the sequels will just be rehashes of what worked well. I just feel like with the few exceptions--which you can see coming a mile away because of how they stand out--these movies are all just the same thing over and over again.

Slow down with all these sequels unless there is something new to bring to the table.
6:50PM on 03/14/2016
Up vote! AoU SSSuuucckkked balls. So done.
Up vote! AoU SSSuuucckkked balls. So done.
2:47AM on 03/15/2016
You realize you can exercise YOUR right to take a break right? There is PLENTY of non-superhero stuff out there. 10 Cloverfield Lane and Midnight Special immediately come to mind. Never really understood this point of view where people see themselves as weighed down by superhero movies. Just look the other way. There is choice all around!!!
You realize you can exercise YOUR right to take a break right? There is PLENTY of non-superhero stuff out there. 10 Cloverfield Lane and Midnight Special immediately come to mind. Never really understood this point of view where people see themselves as weighed down by superhero movies. Just look the other way. There is choice all around!!!
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