Is 'Iron Man 4' Part of Marvel Phase 4?

A new survey from Marvel Studios suggests that we could see another 'Iron Man' adventure in the very near future.

While Iron Man is one of the most popular movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with three adventures and over $1 billion in ticket sales, the future of Tony Stark is uncertain. We know we'll next see Robert Downey Jr. reprising the role he made famous in Avengers: Age of Ultron. And he has commited to The Avengers 3. But after that, Marvel hasn't offered any details. Now, a new survey sent out by Marvel Studios over the weekend during NYC screenings of Captain America: The Winter Soldier suggest we may be seeing Iron Man 4 sooner than later.

The sequel is certainly on the minds of those at Marvel. This portion of the survey asks fans which Marvel movie are they most interested in seeing next, and it includes Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Iron Man 4, Thor 3 and Captain America 3. Not included are Guardians of the Galaxy and suspected Phase Three movie Doctor Strange, which has been hinted at but not yet confirmed as part of the line-up.

Iron Man 4 Marvel Survey

Where Iron Man 4 winds up is an interesting question. An even more interesting question is, will Robert Downey Jr. return to play Tony Stark in another stand-alone sequel? The actor himself has said he will retire the character after returning for The Avengers 3, which will rap up Marvel Phase Three, a slate confirmed to include Ant-Man and Captain America 3. Right now, its presumed that Phase Three will include 5 movies total, and while Thor 3 hasn't been given the official greenlight, Marvel has already set up a writing staff with Craig Kyle (producer on Thor and Thor: The Dark World) and Christopher Yost (one of the writers on Thor: The Dark World). That leaves one other film, and all signs point to it being Doctor Strange, as Marvel looks to establish another new franchise along with its returning favorites.

This can only mean that Iron Man 4, if it were to happen, will be part of the Phase Four line-up. Robert Downey Jr. had this to say about retiring from the character:

"It got me thinking about how big the message from your cosmic sponsor needs to be before you pick it up. How many genre movies can I do? How many follow-ups to a successful follow-up are actually fun? Because, as quiet as it's kept, I come from a family of very innovative writers and directors and actors and artists, and the circle of friends they were in were the people I heard having pun-offs playing poker at two in the morning, and it was just the most comforting aspect of my childhood. So there's this kind of legacy of souls from what I consider to be a very particular time in entertainment, and I'm sensing a return to that...it's what me and the missus are doing next. It's not unlike: I heard (Tom) Brady signed on for three more years with New England, and then he's done being a QB, because he'll be 40. I'm 47, and I'll be 50. don't know. Right now I don't have a contract to do anything, and I did for the last five years."

Marvel is not looking to reboot their Iron Man franchise. Instead, they plan to have a new actor come in and run with the already established storyline. As a trilogy, Tony Stark's story was wrapped up quite nicely with Iron Man 3, and many have wondered how it will continue in Avengers: Age of Ultron, with his participation in The Avengers 3 rumored to be limited as he passes the torch to new Avenger team members. There's always the possibility that Robert Downey Jr. will return, if the story is good enough. But we won't likely see it until 2019 or 2020, when audiences may be at a point where they are ready to accept a new face as Tony Stark.

The Avengers 3 comes to theaters in 2019 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson.

Iron Man 4 is in development .



Sources: Cinema Blend

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  1. Sean

    @cvntstop I agree. Hopefully, Robert Downey Jr won't be re-cast anytime soon.

    5 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  2. cvnt$top

    @themoviefanatic@Chase-Schleich Without Downey? Im all for sequels (eventually) but Wolverine & Iron Man is likely to be recasted and thats greedy to me. Of course, id get the money if i was in the studios positions but failure is possible without the original actors. Recasting is greed.

    5 months agoby @cvntstopFlag

  3. Sean

    @cvntstop Why retire character in a movie that is successful every time in the box office ? It would not be necessary at all.

    5 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  4. Michael Kolesik

    Just as long as Mandarin gets fixed, I'm happy

    6 months agoby @Michael-KolesikFlag

  5. Sean

    @writer220 He is the only actor that I honestly imagine playing the role as Iron Man/ Tony Stark.

    6 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  6. Goliath

    Iron Man 4 should be a passing of the torch, kinda like Mask of Zorro. RDJ finds a worthy heir to his Iron Man legacy. Then he can make a cameo or 2 in other follow ups as an actual "consultant".

    6 months agoby @goliathFlag

  7. Writer220

    @themoviefanatic u asked me a question in another forum however I'll answer here.
    Dead Pool because I have the same humor.

    I got to see the new Cap film and it is so much better than thefirst.

    Love Iron Man , R.D.J is just being who he is. He's doing the samething what Hugh is doing, playing he field to get more money.

    6 months agoby @writer220Flag

  8. David garcia

    They should still do the War Machine spin-off, as Don Cheadle says he'll loved to be in one. I mean a fourth sequel won't be necessary as RDJ would be in the avengers sequels. But I would like to see him in the war machine movie (if they ever do one).

    6 months agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag

  9. Dr-Devious

    Its going to happen eventually all we can do is sit back and enjoy the ride. But in all honesty IM3 was rubbish. Its not just the mandarin thing either, the entire film felt 'off'/

    6 months agoby @Dr-DeviousFlag

  10. JasonKat

    i think they should have gave each character at least 2-3 stand-alone films b4 putting em together. in "Avengers"Trying to give em a stand-alone after the avengers is pretty hard to do. because many of em will be missing in each's stand alone movie.
    They can create new characters that dont already have a movie, and were not around when avengers happened, or captin america 2. However maybe a new hero or villian was aready doing something else where during CA2, so they can tell us that story. but to give us another iron man is not a good idea. unless hes part of the team again.

    6 months agoby @jasonkatFlag

  11. JasonKat

    I wouldnt mind seeing another iron man movie, however its not needed. the way iron man 3 ended, its safe to say that iron man is now part of "avengers" and should stay there.
    Captain america (2) was kinda dumb to me because even tho its meant to be a captain america film. you cant help but wonder where the hell was eveybody else when that sh*t was going on. like "tony stark", hawkeyes, hulk. ect. watch they make iron man 4 and captain america is nowhere to be found yet Nick Fury is.

    6 months agoby @jasonkatFlag

  12. Superman81

    this is just like the Wolverine debate, Jackman was born to play Logan and RDJ was born to play Tony Stark. The problem is they have done it for several films and they aren't getting any younger. I hate to see them go and be recast but it is going to happen and I can only hope they find someone worthy to fill those shoes

    6 months agoby @superman81Flag

  13. the-wolverine

    If there's an Iron man its RDJ.

    6 months agoby @the-wolverineFlag

  14. Sean

    @bellandedward1 Tony Stark will likely make more Iron Man suits, in the upcoming Avengers movies and a potential Iron Man 4.

    6 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  15. AgentBlue

    Yes but only with Downey JR and the REAL Mandarin.

    6 months agoby @agentblueFlag

  16. Chase Schleich

    Do I think they should make IM4? Yes, but not for a while. If they could talk RDJ into it they should use him only in Avengers movies (every 3 years) and in cameo's in other Marvel films (requiring a day to maybe a week to shoot, once a year or every other year). That would free up his schedule to go do all the other things he wants to do, still keep him as an important part of the MCU, and bank him the money he wants. That's a win-win-win for all involved and after a few years of being more of a sideline player they can work something in that leads into IM4. They could keep him around until Avengers 5 if all went well.

    6 months agoby @Chase-SchleichFlag

  17. Chase Schleich

    -cvnt$top - So you're saying if someone sent you a check for a billion dollars every couple years, you wouldn't keep cashing it? They keep making them because people keep going to see them and begging for the next one.

    6 months agoby @Chase-SchleichFlag

  18. Bellandedward1

    I could see Iron Man 4 being made however let's remember the ending to IM3 where he blew up his suits and that he is creating Ultron in Avengets 2 so what would his role be in Avengers 3 and how could the story cross into IM4 at this point Iron Man should end after Avengers 3 unless Marvel can find a way for a fourth standalone film.

    6 months agoby @bellandedward1Flag

  19. Bellandedward1

    I could see Iron Man 4 being made however let's remember the ending to IM3 where he blew up his suits and that he is creating Ultron in Avengets 2 so what would his role be in Avengers 3 and how could the story cross into IM4 at this point Iron Man should end after Avengers 3 unless Marvel can find a way for a fourth standalone film.

    6 months agoby @bellandedward1Flag

  20. Sean

    Iron Man 4 will only be necessary to be made, as long as Robert Downey Jr plays Tony Stark in it.

    6 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  21. cvnt$top

    Sometimes it just makes me so angry. Why are they so f*cking greedy, man. Learn to retire a f*cking character.

    6 months agoby @cvntstopFlag

  22. The Real Goku

    3 iron man movies and there will be 3 avengers movie. 6 movies with iron man... Why do we need a 4??? No point

    6 months agoby @therealGokuFlag

  23. The Real Goku

    We don't need an Iron man 4. And RDJ doesn't want to do an iron man 4.

    6 months agoby @therealGokuFlag

  24. undeadslayer4

    @Erikajinx Jr must stay as stark IM4 can make up for what they did to Mandarin and be 10x better than IM3

    6 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  25. Josh

    HOWEVER, if Marvel wants to recast Tony Stark rather than replace Iron Man in-universe with a different character (like War Machine), then I still say Justin Theroux. He's got the right look and can pull of the similar swagger, and he has history with the franchise as a writer. He's no RDJ, but seems a logical replacement.

    6 months agoby @shuabertFlag

  26. justatadmatt

    @shuabert I definitely agree. Like Feige said, there are so many characters in the Marvel canon that they want to explore. I think it would be much better to have him "retire" and not recast.

    6 months agoby @justatadmattFlag

  27. Writer220

    Robert hurt his hand which convinced him to rethink about moving on. I find it silly since a lot of other actors get injuries.

    he could still be Tony until he's 65 or more.

    6 months agoby @writer220Flag

  28. Writer220

    Robert hurt his hand which convinced him to rethink about moving on. I find it silly since a lot of other actors get injuries.

    he could still be Tony until he's 65 or more.

    6 months agoby @writer220Flag

  29. Writer220

    Robert hurt his hand which convinced him to rethink about moving on. I find it silly since a lot of other actors get injuries.

    he could still be Tony until he's 65 or more.

    6 months agoby @writer220Flag

  30. Writer220

    Robert hurt his hand which convinced him to rethink about moving on. I find it silly since a lot of other actors get injuries.

    he could still be Tony until he's 65 or more.

    6 months agoby @writer220Flag