Rest easy, Marvel Fans. It’s ok. Robert Downy Jr. has officially agreed to appear as Tony Stark aka Iron Man in both Avengers 2 and Avengers 3.
You’ll note that there’s no mention of Ironman 4. It would appear that the rumors are true. The Ironman franchise is going to lie dormant for a while. I’m really ok with this. I was not a fan of what they did with Ironman 3. It felt like the first misstep that Marvel has taken creatively.
Keeping Downey, who is obviously Marvel’s big gun, on the sidelines until the next team movie seems like a good move for both audiences and Marvel. It will ensure that Downey is a big draw and it will not saturate the market with crappy Ironman sequels that will dilute the brand.
This statement was issued:
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.