Robert Downey Jr. Making ‘Iron Man 4′ Is Down To Disney Making The Right Offer

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It took three whole movies to meet the villainous Mandarin but Iron Man 3 threw fans for a spin and instead offered an adaptation of another Marvel Comics character who took the Mandarin idea and identify for his own nefarious purposes. That left the door open for the introduction of the “real” Mandarin down the road, something that the Marvel One-Shot All Hail The King helped clear up.

If The Mandarin is still out there in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he is, then that gives even more reason beyond the box office appeal to make Iron Man 4. The only issue there is getting franchise star Robert Downey Jr. aboard.

Speaking with EW while filming The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the actor was directly asked if he wants to do another Iron Man. After all, he keeps telling you on and off the screen that he is Iron Man…

“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.”

Sounds like it’s all down to business for Robert Downey Jr. and his representatives. Since he played the first hero to help launch the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was before Marvel Studios became notoriously tight on their spending and strict on their long-term contracts. Because of that, RDJ is the the highest earning actor in the business (literally, according to Forbes) thanks to his insanely large paydays on The Avengers and Iron Man 3 which both saw the star earning a slice of the back-end. That’s the type of contract that makes Disney and Marvel execs grind their teeth and one they’ll never give another actor again.

Marvel managed to re-sign Robert Downey Jr. for two more appearances in The Avengers 2 and 3 but after Iron Man 3 banked well over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office and became the 5th top grosser of all-time, Iron Man still represents Marvel’s biggest non-Avengers property. How much are they willing to spend to bring back the actor for Iron Man 4?

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The good news is that Downey Jr. explains that he is having a wonderful time with director Joss Whedon on The Avengers: Age of Ultron – which will have a major presence at San Diego Comic-Con this week – and he’s teased more than once that it’ll be hard to walk away from playing Tony Stark.

“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.”

Is there any chance that Iron Man 3 director Shane Black was right when he told us he had a good feeling about RDJ coming back for another?

“The future is, as usual, uncertain.”

We wrote a lengthy piece on when Marvel Studios should activate Iron Man 4 and we know from boss Kevin Feige’s words that Iron Man and the character of Tony Stark will continue, with or without RDJ, but that’s more of negotiation tactic at this point. Everyone wants Robert Downey Jr. to keep playing the character and in the comics, Stark continues to play a major role in The Avengers (including this fall’s upcoming relaunch) and crossover events. The only issue, again, is how much they’re willing to pay and that number is going to be high given that he proved he does’t need the other heroes to break world records financially.

With Marvel Studios announcing five more release dates and now having seven features yet to be titled, could Iron Man 4 be one of them announced this Saturday at Comic-Con? It wasn’t on our list of five new movies we want to see Marvel announce but we wouldn’t be shocked if it was.

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More: When Can Marvel Studios Launch ‘Iron Man 4′?

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Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, and unannounced films for July 8 2016 and May 5 2017, July 28 2017, November 3 2017, July 6 2018, November 2 2018 and May 3 2019.

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  1. Show me the money!!!

  2. What a greedy putz! I hope he soon fades into obscurity for being such a prima donna.

    • Greedy?what’s so greedy about asking for more when you literally helped make Iron Man a billion dollar franchise?If anything,blame Marvel for not trusting him enough before Iron Man 1 was released. That’s the only reason Downey gets so much money,not because he was greedy but because Marvel didn’t think Iron Man would be successful considering he just got his act together. Pay the man his money

      • He is already the highest paid actor in Hollywood, thanks to Marvel. How much more could he possibly want?

        • More creative control of course. Imagine an Iron Man movie with RDJ directing as well as starring… possibilities?

      • He can thanks kids and family(girls,wives) for went to watch the movie anybody will be a hit on that suit so if they want to keep paying him more and more if the Disney Marvel choice soon or later they need to get a new face…

        and remember is the suit not the face, people are stick to actors like if there will forever young, thats the problem when people do not support new movies when movie companies change the actor in a specific movie

        • There are some actors who were born to play certain roles. RDJ is one of those actors. His life mirrors Tony Stark’s life so closely that it’s virtually impossible to distinguish the two. While Downey could literally fill any role he wants, nobody else can fill the role of Tony Stark.

      • Agree…..dump him and get a replacement. The problem with these actors is that they get a big head when it comes to these comic roles. They think they can’t be replaced. Turn him into another Tobey Maguire.

  3. glad to see the occupy wall street people are busy posting in this thread. turds.

    • On one hand I agree that it’s silly that a movie might not happen, because the multi-millionaire wants to get $60 Million instead of $54 Million for his next gig (he must have one hell of an expensive lifestyle to need that much money). One the other hand I understand that the biggest star of the MCU (arguably) wants a big slice of the Billion-Dollars-a-movie franchise. But again… how much money does a single human being, family or not, need? With what he already has he could very comfortably live hundreds of lifetimes in a row, let alone just one lifetime. I’d rather see all the other guys get more money (writers, visual effects guys, director of photography… even the carpenters and gaffers), because they work the hardest on a movie like that.

      • I will say, while I agree with you on almost all counts, Downey has started his own production studio and probably needs a lot of money to operate it. That’s the only thing that can justify why he might for an even bigger piece of the profits.

      • well said buddy. share the wealth.

      • I agree. It’s not only the actor that makes the movie. We’ve all seen good actors in bad movies. With VFX houses going out of business (even when winning an Oscar), and VFX artists not actually making that much (I have an idea since I almost became one), perhaps a little bigger piece of the pie should go their way.

  4. I’m hoping for Armor Wars, myself.

    In the aftermath of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Stark technology from the now-destroyed Iron Legion is left scattered all around the globe. Many people (including, perhaps, the Ten Rings and/or our old friend the now-escaped Justin Hammer) have snatched up much of this technology and begun to build their own armors. Tony has to suit up and scour the world, cleaning up his own mess, which would give us a great opportunity to see Iron Man face off against a number his foes, like Batroc’s scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. In the end, however, it’s revealed (perhaps in mid- or end-credits scene) that the real Mandarin was behind it all.

    Have Iron Man collaborate with some of the other heroes like War Machine, Hawkeye or Black Widow and it writes itself.

    • I’d love to see an Armor Wars movie. The only issue I’d have with it would be that we’d see Iron Man vs Mechs again – which we’ve seen twice before. Having the villain FOIL the protag is tired storytelling. So we’d have to see it marked up a bit. I think there still might be some legs to Extremis but doubt Marvel would double down on it.

      Although thinking of Rhodey going after the armors for global security and getting stuck, injured or otherwise incapacitated and see Tony go back to the drawing board and redesign the armor (in the comics there were several gens of tech upgrades going on) to combat it and then have Iron Man & WARMACHINE go after the bad guys globally speaking?

      ROCK EM SOCK EM ROBOTS GIVE ME MY TICKETS!

  5. I’d love either a solo Iron Man after Avengers 3 or Iron Man in a Guardians movie. Rocket and Stark? Come on!

  6. I’m just waiting to watch GoTG to watch the Avengers:AoU trailer at the end of the credits

  7. Sinister Six is due for 2016. It’s official.

  8. Disney shouldn’t take the road Fox has already took and over use one particular character. Wolverine is used way too much by Fox. I don’t want to see Disney do the same thing with Iron Man. Age of Ultron is starting to look like Iron Man 4 already. RDJ is gonna have the most screen time. There shouldn’t be a Iron Man 4. Give other heroes a chance. Like Black Panther or Ms.Marvel or Nova.

    • The difference is that, while Wolverine appeared in every X-Men to date, Iron Man has only been in 5 (counting his Incredible Hulk cameo, soon to be 6 with Age of Ultron) MCU films. Captain America and Thor have had their own solo outings with only passing references to Iron Man at most.

      I’m all for letting other heroes have a chance, and they’re getting them. Guardians of the Galaxy comes out in less than a week. Doctor Strange and Ant-Man are getting their own movies. Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones are getting their own in-continuity series. Audiences still want to follow-up on their favorite heroes, though, and they’re willing to shell out cash to do it. Marvel would be stupid to refuse them that chance.

      Robert Downey, Jr. was also the first actor to finish filming Age of Ultron. Not sure if that’s a great indicator he’s the guy with the most screen time.

    • RDJ didnt have the most screentime in TA, that was cap.[by less than a minute] and you havent seen A:AOU yet so you don’t know that for sure. also, according to one article i read, he is already done filming, and the movie is not finished filming yet, so it sounds to me like he is not in the movie as much as the 1st one. we will see i guess.

  9. Another possible plot could introduce Technovore.

  10. I have the feeling that Iron Man 4 its a guarantee. The only thing that “stop” the franchise its the “magic”, with all this science movies…the magic its off the table. Even in the Thor universe, gods and all that, they mentionted as “science we dont already understand”.
    So my guessing is… AntMan is the firts phase 3 movie…. Dr Strange the 2nd…. and finally Iron man 4. Once we have a Raccoon as a Hero, a Guy that can get smaller and Magic Surgeon…i think they have a really easy way to get the Mandarin Back.
    …..Maybe……even Red Skull….

  11. For those jumpy on the ‘greedy’ bandwagon I think its a bit premature since we don’t know what his terms are. Maybe he is stepping up his support of other personnel again and them getting treated better.
    Let’s face it he negotiates some sweet contracts but that doesn’t mean he wouldn’t have played IM without them.
    On the flip side, I would hate to have him leave the franchise over money seeing how it basically reinvented him in Hollywood’s eyes.

  12. Kinda like how Christian Bale was all for a 4th Batman movie with Chris Nolan right?
    I like the feeling of a trilogy — 3 IM films, 3 Avengers, there’s order in the cosmos…

    But hey if there’s more RDJ as Tony Stark? I ain’t complaining. The IM franchise had closure with IM3, but if Marvel Studios is anything like Marvel Comics, they can go beyond just 3 films.

    • As long as he has faith in Nolan….heck, he probably still is up for it despite their being a batman reboot.

  13. It doesn’t matter how much money it is. He wants a cut. Why should the studio get every penny and he gets what we think is “enough for one man”. If I got paid 10% when we made 100M, then why can’t I get 10% at 1B? How much money does a studio need? Stupid argument. Pay the man. You both get rich together. No one wants to spread it around anymore.

  14. I hope they make another one. I haven’t been a fan of any of the Iron Man films besides 1, so I’d like them to make at least one more that I can really get behind.

    As far as rogues are concerned I think it would be cool for them to put Tony up against Ghost or Madame Masque or possibly both (Ghost is the type of character who could easily be used as a tool or henchman of another villain).

    Ghost’s powers are a little different than your average Iron Man baddie in that they’re not very “offensive”. He doesn’t just shoot beams or punch you. And Masque would be cool because it’d be fun to have the villain trying to seduce Robert Downey Jr. in order to get close enough to kill him….

  15. bring on RDJ for IM4. Seriously, and with Marvel adding another release date.. gah.

  16. RDJ is going to be too old for this role. He can’t play Iron Man forever, suit or not. And the smart alec shtick is getting out anyway. Even the actors in the James Bond were rotated out over the 50 years to keep the series fresh. The only way IM4 comes about is from Age of Ultron, when Stark’s creation of Ultron leads to his complete downfall. With Ultron causing so much death and destruction, Stark would be held legally responsible for its actions, just like Justin Hammer was for his Iron Men knock offs in Iron Man 2. Creating a weapon of mass destruction, multiple criminal counts of involuntary manslaughter and mass murder (no jury is going a MACHINE made the decision to kill people on its own), a ton of wrongful death civil suits. The court actions will drain Stark dry financially. He won’t be able to smart alec his way out of Ultron’s mess and a lot of power players would run the other way from him.

    • But Justin Hammer wasn’t just an innocent manufaturer of a weapon that was then used by somebody else. He broke Vanko out of jail and hired him to make those suits, and that put responsibility on him as well. He would be considered an accomplice to Vanko.

      Sure, they might try to blame Tony for the actions of Ultron, but it would be a case of possible negligence. But these movies are not court room dramas. I only think that’ll happen if it makes a good story about Tony Stark.

      I don’t think Robert is too old. The suit kind of makes his age unimportant. His ability to fight is not really about his own physique.

      • Tony’s creation will caused deaths; he won’t a slap on the wrist for this. The Avengers are already on thin ice with the public; a lot of people don’t trust them. That party scene that was reported in Entertainment Weekly was Tony trying to convince political leaders they are not super-powered vigilantes. No doubt Howard Stark’s 70-years-in-the-making mistake of letting HYDRA into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s front door will be reference. Congress was gunning for Maria Hill after S.H.I.E.L.D.’s fall and Black Widow was grilled in Captain America 2. The Avengers have made a lot of powerful enemies that would love to see them fall, HYDRA being at the top of the list. Ultron’s reign of terror would be the perfect excuse to take them down. No doubt the Avengers will be doing some perp walks

  17. I’m sure it’s not JUST about the payday for him; he’s probably got more money now than he knows what to do with.

    It’s probably about “what’s the story” and is it one that he feels he can sink his acting chops into.

    And rightfully so. ‘Iron Man 3′ was a travesty.

  18. Marvel just put out the concept art for Age of Ultron to be shown at Comic Con this year. It’s Iron Man surrounded by Ultron and Scarlet Witch surrounded as well. I’m disappointed that the other Avengers are not being featured, the only nod to Hawkeye is an arrow going through one of the Ultron drone’s eye. I fear the other Avengers are going to be short-changed in the movie. Move over Black Widow; Scarlet Witch is the new eye candy now. Thor and Captain America are barely going to be mentioned; Hawkeye is not going to get the bigger role that was promised. The Hulk may have a shot because of the Hulkbuster,(and they may want to do a Hulk movie). But at the end of the day Age of Ultron should be renamed Iron Man 4 because it’s going to be Stark-centric. And Marvel Studios’ marketing team gave RDJ the leverage he needs to re-negotiate his contract: you’re going use me heavily in the advertising, I’m going to want a lot more than I got in the last deal. Marvel is tight with the purse.

    • A poster will be released for each of the major heroes, we’ll be seeing Hulk, Captain America, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, Thor, Nick Fury and hopefully Vision posters over the next couple days. Just like the first Avengers, the posters will all be able to be placed side-by-side to form a larger image, hence Hawkeye’s arrows in Scarlet Witch’s poster. Nobody’s being short-changed so far.

      Robert Downey, Jr. was the first cast member to finish filming; he’s not going to dominate the screen.

  19. NO!!! Stop making Ironman movies, bad enough I had to sit through the entire Ironman 3 movie. That’s 2 hours of my life I won’t be getting back.

  20. woohooooooooooo!!! Very excited that at the very least there is a chance we might get to see another Iron Man with RDJ. Until i see some one that so completely dominates a role like he does Iron Man, he will continue to be the main reason why I have watched Avengers so many times.

  21. I don’t think in near future Marvel will understand art,quality in there films. But DC did that level work from start. That is why Marvel films can not won oscar yet. But DC won.

  22. If Shane Black is writing and directing, I am not interested at all. IM3 in my opinion was the worse movie in the Marvel Universe in a long time. The only reason it did so well, it was the first movie coming off the Avengers and made most of its money before everyone realized how bad it was. If I was RDJ, I would insist that the old director becomes the new director.

    • Iron Man 2 and Thor were easily worse than Iron Man 3. That said, I am all for Jon Favreau returning to the franchise, so long as he limits his Happy Hogan character’s screen time to original Iron Man levels.

  23. Iron Man 2 was meh. IM3 was terrible. 4 will probably be unwatchable. Kill him off in Avengers 2

    • Iron Man 2 was meh, agreed, but Stark was great in The Avengers and Iron Man 3 was a fine film. Let him keep rolling.

  24. IM2 was meh
    IM3 was terrible, family friendly, Christmas movie.

  25. We all want a Iron Man 4 , Robert Downey Jr want to play in Iron man 4 , Why Marvel and Disney don’t give a real good film of Iron Man with a good story !!! We need a iron man 4 to forget Iron man 3 and return to iron Man 1 idea . join my Facebook group for Iron Man 4 :https://www.facebook.com/groups/wewantironman4/

  26. RDJ wants Mel Gibson to direct. I say go for it. Despite his problems, Gibson is a talented director and has an Oscar to prove it.

    Gibson could direct a 5 minute short of monkeys eating boogers, call it “Iron Man 4″, and it would still be a better film than that turd that Shane F-ing Black gave us.