For a little while now, Robert Downey Jr.’s future as Iron Man has been up in the air. There was news that he may leave the role completely, which fueled speculation about who could possibly replace him. For a lot of people, the line between the character of Iron Man and the actor are fairly blurred. But it seems that Downey and Marvel have finally reached an agreement.
Marvel.com confirmed that Downey will return as Iron Man for The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3. Iron Man 4 does not appear to be a part of the deal that was made.
Check out the press release regarding the deal after the cut.[Marvel via IGN]
“I am Iron Man.”
Tony Stark’s famous closing line to the very first Iron Man film takes on new life today as Marvel is pleased to announce the signing of Robert Downey, Jr. to reprise the role of the “billionaire, genius, playboy, philanthropist.”
Under the two-picture agreement, Downey will star as Tony Stark/Iron Man in “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” and “Marvel’s The Avengers 3.” Downey is represented at CAA by Bryan Lourd, Jim Toth and Matt Leaf and by his attorneys Tom Hansen and Stewart Brookman of the firm Hansen Jacobson.
Downey, Jr.’s last two Marvel films, 2012’s “Marvel’s The Avengers” and this year’s “Iron Man 3,” rank as two of the top five grossing films of all time, collectively earning over $2.7 billion worldwide to date.
“Marvel’s The Avengers 2” is being written and directed by Joss Whedon. Featuring favorites from the first Avengers film and new Marvel characters never before seen on the big screen, “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” is slated to begin production in March 2014 and open in theaters May 1, 2015.