‘Iron Man 3′ Production Delayed Due to Robert Downey Jr. Injury

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 16th, 2012 at 11:26 am,

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Even with The Avengers still fresh in our minds as we approach its home video release after a successful run at the box office, Phase Two of the Marvel cinematic universe is already underway. Iron Man 3 has been shooting for quite some time already, and Thor: The Dark World may begin production as early as this month, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Ant-Man potentially following towards the end of the year.

Just as Phase One was spearheaded and launched by Iron Man, Phase Two begins with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark as well. Unfortunately for everyone involved, the actor has sustained an injury and production will be affected.

Disney sent us the following yesterday as an update on the status of Iron Man 3 and its star:

“Robert Downey Jr. sustained an ankle injury on the set of Iron Man 3 in Wilmington, North Carolina while performing a stunt. There will be a short delay in the production schedule while he recuperates.”

From the sounds of it, it’s likely Downey Jr. suffered a sprained ankle which would prevent him from shooting scenes that require a lot of movement – that being most of his work when not in a CGI suit flying around. Oddly enough, in chatting with Downey Jr. at Comic-Con last month, he said the following about participating in dangerous stunts himself:

“Well I don’t know. I just said while I’m physically able I’d like to leave it all on the field and I’d like there to be ten moments where people wonder how I was stupid enough to actually do that stunt. Most of all me.”

The delay will not affect the film’s early summer release date next year and we hope for a speedy and healthy recovery for Robert Downey Jr. At least it’s not a head injury like Hawkeye’s stunt man suffered during The Avengers shoot.

Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black based off of his and Drew Pearce’s screenplay, and stars Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, Cobie Smulders, William Sadler, James Badge Dale and the voice of Paul Bettany.

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor 2 on November 8, 2013, Captain America 2 on April 4, 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014.


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  1. Get well Soon Tony! :)

  2. hope he gets soon well,and also i hope that he isn´t hard injured. i´ve read some extremies story comics,which i find very cool.

  3. some suit… it cant even protect him. XD

  4. i hope he get well soon..

  5. Glad to hear it isn’t a serious injury.
    Hopefully this accident won’t affect how he feels about doing more of these movies…
    I’m sure Cheadle/Rodey would be more than willing to step in while he’s recuperating ;)

    Get well soon Mr Downey.

  6. I guess someone needs some iron, man =D

  7. RDJ is 47. He’s in good shape, but there is no denying Father Time. It’s easier to get injured and it takes longer to heal at that age.

    I would know. I’m 53.

    Sending a lot of healing energy his way…….

    • LOL You are 53?

      What are you doing on a basically fanboy site that mostly deals with superheroes and geek stuff?

      • To get new related to superheroes and geek stuff

        • Fair enough :)

      • i would vote you down if they had that system here.. im 27 but when people like me and u are 50 or 70 for that matter… were not still going to be cruising the net looking for superhero movie stuff? really?… for shame.. ur so close minded.

  8. Hopefully he wont be Down(ey) for too long.

    heh heh

    • Down(ey) but not out(ey).

      • He would not Rob(ert) us of a IronMan movie.

        • Lets hope he isn’t down(ey) for the count.

          • Hopefully the movie wont be delayed till jun(ior)

            • LOL. Y’all are crazy!

              • i see what you did there :)

    • LOL!

    • What a la(me) joke :P

  9. It’s funny, because nowadays with better CGI, you’d think they’d be able to more convincingly use stunt people with the face replacement and all that. But in a bit of a flip, now more and more actors want to do as many of their own stunts as possible. Maybe it’s an ego/vanity thing or a different philosophy on what it means to play a role. Seemed like back in the day, if you could use a stuntman to even replace an actor walking across the street he would.
    But with more and more of these stars signed to long-term franchise deals, and by the end of the run, they are in their mid- to late-forties, if not older, injuries are more of a likelihood. Especially as they continue to up the ante with the stunts to outdo the last ones.

  10. @Heustis your 53? and your on a movie site? there’s something you don’t see everyday

    • SSSHHHH! Don’t scare him off! (^-^)

    • /scratches head.

      I’m not seeing the inverse relationship. So what, aren’t people over 40 suppose to know how to blog or enjoy talking/reading about movies and it’s only for the “young”?

      • TheGravitySpider might be 14 years old, or probably is Justin bieber, in which case, the concept of someone living past the age of 26 is inconceivable. (^-^)

        • People live past the age of 26?!!!!! :o

          • He saying someone as young as 14 would not be worried about life past 26 since it seems so far away.

            • I was making a joke dude: I’m 17 and was humoring his sarcastic comment about it being inconceivable for teenagers to think people live past the age of 26…

        • SR is all about superhero movies and Star Wars and such nerd stuff.

          How often do you see a 53 old man that likes a site like this?

          • Well if he was 18 when “Star Wars” came out and remained a fan, then perfectly normal. Many of the genre films that young kids harp on about all the time now were originally watched by young kids/adults that are now fathers, mothers,grandfathers, grandmothers, old-timers (^-^) etc…

            Using computers and being interested in comics, sci-fi and films ain’t just for the young!

            Besides, 53 isn’t old nowadays. It’s like the new 35.

            • …And don’t say 35 is old!

              Just don’t! …(sob, sob)

          • i’m 45 and i’m a big ol’ comic-book, sci-fi, blowin s*** up movie fan too. i was almost 10 when SW came out, and i think that film got me hooked on films in general.
            hope downey gets better, and hope that marvel can sign him on to do 2 more films, even if they are smaller cameos

            • Seems ScreenRant had a very mixed bunch of ages in here.

    • Yeah, you see it every day. You just don’t know it because the subject of our ages does not come up.

  11. Poor Robert, get better soon.

  12. once i had said i thought jeffrey dean morgan would be a good replacement for RDJ as IM, but he’s only 1 year younger than RDJ, so i guess not.

  13. What?? They haven`t started production???????????? Wow i guess it`s going to be a very short movie, i recall many movies finish filming several months before release, Superman is the only film that i know had a time crunch like this.