Robert Downey Jr. Won't Be Back for 'Iron Man 4' But Will Return for 'The Avengers 2' and '3'

Insiders claim the 48-year-old actor does not want to return for another stand-alone sequel as superhero Tony Stark.

Robert Downey Jr. in talks for The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3
Robert Downey Jr. in talks for The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3
Actor Robert Downey Jr. held a private dinner in Los Angeles last night to celebrate the success of Iron Man 3, but also to begin negotiations for The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3. While the actor is open to returning for the Marvel Phase Two and Three sequels to 2012's Marvel's The Avengers, he does not want to return for the potential stand-alone adventure Iron Man 4.

Back in April, we reported that the actor wanted to "retire" his Tony Stark character, but he didn't leave a timetable as to when he wanted to do so. Iron Man 3 was the last movie that Robert Downey Jr. was obligated to do, under his current contract with Marvel Studios.

Bringing Robert Downey Jr. back under a new contract will likely cost Marvel a pretty penny, since he earned an estimated $50 million from the 2012 blockbuster Marvel's The Avengers, after box office bonuses and back-end compensation. According to financial analyst Doug Creutz, the actor's departure could be just as costly.

"It would be a definite negative for that particular franchise. He is Tony Stark. The other individual franchises -- Thor, Captain America, Hulk -- etc., don't have near the level of box-office potential that Iron Man does. The other way to look at it is that Iron Man would probably look more like those other franchises in terms of box-office performance without Downey."

The Avengers 2 is slated for release on May 1, 2015, and The Avengers 3 isn't expected to hit theaters until at least 2017.

Avengers: Age of Ultron comes to theaters May 1st, 2015 and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., Elizabeth Olsen, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Cobie Smulders, Jeremy Renner. The film is directed by Joss Whedon.

Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 comes to theaters May 4th, 2018 and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson.



Sources: Heat Vision Blog

Share this story yet?


RELATED STORIES

BEST OF THE WEB

Comments (88)

  1. Scott Forster

    @Megg: There is a way they could continue with Iron Man 4. Use James Rhodes. In the comics he temporarily took over for Tony Stark

    5 months agoby @Scott-ForsterFlag

  2. Megg

    I think that we don't need any more stand-alone Iron Man films (like Iron Man 4). All we need is for Marvel to wrap up other characters' stories with a trilogy, like Cap, Thor, and Hulk. Then, Marvel should make Avengers movies up to 6 or so. After, they can make stand-alones of Black Panther, etc. It would suck to reboot another Marvel movie, and I'm fine with all the actors, because they've done a spectacular job if playing their roles.

    11 months agoby @Megg-10345312Flag

  3. Writer220

    @ which actor from Watchmen.

    These films and Disney saved Marvel from going under, both companies need these films to continue to make money. It's helped to bring in new fans.

    11 months agoby @writer220Flag

  4. Fatal Feline

    YAY!! Finally! I really hope this is true. I have seenn the Iron Man movies BECAUSE Downey is in them. I have loved him throughout his career, and though he is always terrific to watch, his abilities are being wasted here. Give me Tropic Thunder. Give me Singing Detective. Give me A Scanner Darkly. I loved him in Sherlock Holmes! He's great as Tony Stark, and they'll never be able to replace him, but I've long for the day he gives up the franchise and explores other venues, breathes life into other characters and is able to once again blow us away with his incredible talent and creativity. All I can add is, 'Welcome back, Robert! Your lifelong fans followed you into the world of super heroes, but we are damn happy to have you free to take on the myriad of characters that exist inside you."

    1 year agoby @Fatal-FelineFlag

  5. Misung Park

    this bad with out him is nothing no ironman4

    2 years agoby @Misung-ParkFlag

  6. CelluloidDreams

    Guess the rent is not due!!

    2 years agoby @2movieguysFlag

  7. Sean

    @ Why are you posting that spoiler related information all over this website? I have a theory that Robert Downey's character "Tony Stark", will find a way to continue to wear what ever Iron Man suits he builds after the ones he *SPOILER* -> blows up. I think he will wear them like how Iron Patriot/War Machine does, meaning that he won't have to worry about having the chest piece hole in his chest that is *SPOILER* -> no longer there. Also, when you want to post something like what you posted below, make sure to use he word spoiler and in all caps, so that if anyone who hasn't seen the movie is reading what you post, then they won't get spoiled reading all of it.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  8. Ayla Ovalles

    No More Iron Man R.I.P.

    2 years agoby @Ayla-OvallesFlag

  9. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    Don't need a 4th "Iron Man" movie, but just as long as he returns for a 2nd and 3rd "Avengers" film.

    2 years agoby @redcameramanFlag

  10. LuxoIII

    @riley-d Yes. Facial hair.

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  11. LuxoIII

    @titanictom Okay, having reread your comment a couple of times, I now get what you mean. I took it as it was set before Avengers and that all of IM3 was a flashback beforehand. My apologies.

    That's an interesting thought, though!

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  12. Riley

    facial hair talk now?

    2 years agoby @riley-dFlag

  13. Titanictom

    LuxollI I spell Better Than Most People. 2nd Post Means after as in After the Fight In N.Y. {The Avengers} 3rd Dr Banner Has More than a Month of Hair On His Face in The After/Post Credit Sequence at The End Of The Film!!!! I've Gone about 6 Weeks without Shaving and Had About Just as Much Hair on My Face!!! Hair Can Grow at Different Raits of Speed on Different People Plus The Hair[s] Can be Trimmed.....DUH!!!!!!!

    2 years agoby @titanictomFlag

  14. LuxoIII

    @titanictom
    1. Learn to spell.
    2. How is it a flashback when Tony Stark is having PTSD FROM FIGHTING THE ALIENS FROM THE AVENGERS!!!!? And wouldn't grown facial indicate more time has passed since, you know, beards tend to grow AFTER you have a clean face. Maybe I need to re-consult my chin...

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  15. LuxoIII

    @supermanvenom I don't see them replacing him, though. As long as Robert Downey Jr. is involved, I doubt they'll just have "another Iron Man" out of nowhere. I just don't think there will be an IM4 during Phase 3. It'll be pretty crowded, anyway :)

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  16. Titanictom

    I.M.3 Takes Place Only A Short Time After The Evengers-In The Post Credit Footage You Will Notace Dr. Banner Has A Month or Two Of Facel Hair on Him...I.M.3 is a Flashback!!!!!!! People Really Need To Pay Attention When They see a Movie!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 years agoby @titanictomFlag

  17. StephieBaybee

    So theres no news of im4 coming soon? suppose by the time marvel works through all their other projects RDJ will have moved onto other things, who wants to be type cast forever (reguardless of how awesome the role was) they'll pull him out the cupboard when the times right and hopefully find someone who'll fill RDJ's boots. Seemed to work with Spiderman and Batman (even though thats dc) x

    2 years agoby @steph-xFlag

  18. Riley

    @pack-rulz1978
    Holy Sh*t is he no longer capable of building Iron Man Suits?
    That's all it takes, something will happen that brings him back into action and he'll build a suit or will have already built a suit. One suit still remained by the ending of IM3 and who's to say he doesn't still have a spare just in case?
    And who cares about his injury being fixed. Rhodes as War Machine proves you don't need an Arc Reactor in your chest to be an Iron Man

    And for all the people saying 'I can't 'see' anyone else as Iron Man it's time to get your eyes checked. In this day and age other people are perfectly capable of taking over a role once made famous by another actor. Otherwise things like James Bond, Smallville, Incredible Hulk, ASM (Andy Garfield not the film) and... hey The Dark Knight Trilogy wouldn't exist. I love Robert Downey Jr.'s portrayal of Tony Stark. But if some time down the line they want to reboot this whole thing, or recast him in current continuity, I will welcome his replacement. We will only know how great or horrible (George Clooney, Brandon Routh) it will be when it happens. Terrance Howard and Edward Norton have already started this. Sitting at home on movie night with a smirk and your arms crossed because RDJ has moved on is pointless.

    That all being said, I would hope that they don't recast anyone until they wrap up this MCU run. The idea of Tony just showing up in Avengers films is fine with me. That seems to be what they are doing with the Hulk as there is no Hulk sequel planned for Phase Two. Going in to this, I never even thought of an endgame for this whole thing. How long can this go on? Will they just constantly make sequels to everything and recast when they need to like a soap opera? Or will they reboot things? That can get out of hand quick.

    2 years agoby @riley-dFlag

  19. Escapist

    Dude is 48?! Looks good for his age, but then again so does Samuel L. Jackson.

    2 years agoby @escapistFlag

  20. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 That won't work because no one else can play Tony Stark better then he can. So hopefully, that won't happen, that someone else would play Tony Stark. But yes, he does need to be in Iron Man 4 and The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3, in order for them to be successful movies in the box office, and in order for them to even be good movies in the first place.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  21. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic they will screw up iron man with replacing jr. and putting him in the avengers 2 and 3

    2 years agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  22. Monkeyiron 2.0

    That makes no sense though. The Events of "IronMan 3" was one year after the events of The Avengers not between 2 and 3

    2 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  23. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides Plus, he owes us one more Sherlock Holmes before he quits being part of any franchise

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  24. Andrey Andre'y

    "Can anyone please explain how the heck he's going to even be in AV2 or AV3 given the way IM3 ended as @Rexorthedestroyer references below? They can't say it happened before IM3 or that he somehow miraculously has the same injury happen again before AV2/AV3 because both of those would be LAME. So how can they even have a story that makes half-sense for one, to say nothing of 2, more Avengers sequels and have Stark in them? Makes me think the next AV sequel's gonna suck itself and maybe implode the franchise if they insist on him being in it." Ummmm are you for real? No heart injury is needed to operate the suit, the arc reactor can be part of his suit just like war machine. I sear some people have no imagination at all.

    2 years agoby @Andrey-AndreyFlag

  25. Sean

    The link I posted below is of Robert Downey Jr's latest appearance in the Jimmy Kimmel show. Where if I am not mistaken, they talk about Robert Downey jr being in marvel movies after Iron Man 3.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  26. renodc

    I wouldn't jump to conclusions here. This doesn't appear to be an official announcement. The tag line on the main page says that "insiders claim" which means as of right now this is nothing but rumor.

    2 years agoby @renodcFlag

  27. Sean

    http://www.google.com/search?site=&source=hp&ei=h3eKUYXWDIz88QTJzIGwCw&q=robert+downey+jr+on+jimmy+kimmel&oq=robert+downey+jr+on+jimmy+kimmel&gs_l=mobile-gws-hp.3..0l2j0i22i30l3.4747.24888.0.26530.33.20.0.9.9.0.840.7085.1j6j3j3j1j5j1.20.0...0.0...1c.1.12.mobile-gws-hp.p7GJmwIuFrA

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  28. JMP

    maybe the Guardians of the Galaxy will give Tony Stark and advanced Space armor and he will joined them at the end of Avengers 2 and comes back with them to finished the fight at part 3...but thats my theory

    2 years agoby @jmpFlag