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Robert Downey Jr. Will Return As Iron Man

Fear not! The charismatic actor will remain as Tony Stark... but for how many films?

There were some concerns over Robert Downey Jr. potentially not signing a new contract with Marvel Studios and, seeing as he's been doing a superb job with his role, that would suck quite a lot. Luckily, that's not the case and the actor has signed a two-picture agreement with the studio. He'll reprise the role in Marvel's The Avengers 2 and Marvel's The Avengers 3. No word on any other films, though, so that could mean Marvel Studios is happy with Iron Man's solo adventure ending as a trilogy and, in turn, this would grant other characters more time to shine. And as you likely know, they have plans for quite a few characters.

Marvel's The Avengers 2 starts production in 2014 and is set to hit theaters May 1, 2015. Viners, I assume this news has you stoked, yes?

Source: Marvel

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Posted by Extremis

@viin: what!? You didn't like Avengers? Who are you

Posted by RavenVice01

I'm stoked that Downey is going to be Iron Man but I want to see more Iron Man villains like Blizzard, Beetle or MODOK. Iron Man 3 was alright. I really don't see how this movie is making more money then the last two but for some odd reason it is. I just didn't like the Mandarin facade with Ben Kingsley. They already pulled that trick in Batman Begins and it kinda worked. The Sensei pretending to be Ra's al Ghul and Henri Ducard actually being Ra's al Ghul. U can't just use a fantastic actor like Ben Kingsley and give him such a meaningless role. Its just not done.

Posted by evilvegeta74
Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Yeah this is good. Iron Man solo adventures needs to be done with. Give others a time to shine now.

Posted by csguterres

To play iron man? ha no Robert Downey jr won't play ironman/tony stark he will play the embarrassing, arrogant joke he played in ironman 3 so the idiot film goer can laugh and call him rebellious because he mocks everyone around him and only acts to further his ego.

its a real shame the Ironman franchise is so closely tied to the avenger that we cannot have a reboot, where iron man is done right.

Iron Man was done right in all the movies. Of course, in the third one Mandarin was screwed, and the second was kinda lame. But RDJ and his Tony Stark were great. I never cared too much for Iron Man in the comics (especially because I started reading Marvel after Civil War), but the movie version was awesome.

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@ccraft said:

I was hoping for someone new, Tony gets more face time than Iron Man does. Don't get me wrong I love the IM movies we just need someone new

No. no no noneRLNJERER0=NRE

Posted by ArtisticNeedham

So does that mean he will get a huge raise while the rest of the cast will not, and maybe even get a pay cut? And will Iron Man get a larger part this time meaning the rest get smaller parts?

Posted by StMichalofWilson

Neat!

Posted by BiteMe-Fanboy

Just got to hope ol' buddy comes back as Thor.

Posted by SideburnGuru

Gonna be honest.. I really hope they don't end it on Iron Man 3, and he appears for at least one more.

I thought Iron Man's 3 ending was annoying. Not bad, but anoying. I loved the movie, but that ending would really suck to end the trilogy on. You know. Him destroying all the damn awesome suits that just saved his life. I really feel they need to make a sequel where he has the suit, ending it with something cheesey like "I will forever, be Iron Man.". Without all the suits being destroyed.


Either way, this is great news. Big fan of Robert, big fan of his work as Tony.

Posted by flameboy298

They paid him 50million for Iron Man 3

Posted by novi_homines

Perfect. They need everyone to finish off phase 3. If they do IM4, it will be a fan service film.

Edited by SandMan_

Not sure why this is a surprise...

Posted by JulieDC

This is the downside to live action films that tend to have several related sequels is that many times the actors either get tired of playing a certain character, or they get big heads and demand more money than they deserve, or they die or retire and the list goes on. While one can replace the actor, it is never the same...at that point, it should just be rebooted rather than try and pass it off as being the same. Thank goodness he at least signed on for Avengers 2 and 3 so that we can complete this cinematic universe.

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Posted by TheMultiverse

I want a line about Tony fighting the real mandarin in China or something in Avengers 2. Even half a line. please gawd.

Edited by BatmansFear007

He's the new Harry Potter. He can never escape the franchise.

Posted by Angelo2113

To play iron man? ha no Robert Downey jr won't play ironman/tony stark he will play the embarrassing, arrogant joke he played in ironman 3 so the idiot film goer can laugh and call him rebellious because he mocks everyone around him and only acts to further his ego.

its a real shame the Ironman franchise is so closely tied to the avenger that we cannot have a reboot, where iron man is done right.

I think since Joss Whedon is mostly in charge with Avengers films, he'll bring back the better portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man.

Edited by MartianManhunterIsBetterThanCyborg

He IS Iron Man. Douche Tony from the comics would never have translated well.

Posted by Angelo2113
@tjx_penn said:

@extremis: i think they anounced avengers 2 being about thanos, and avengers 3 is world war hulk

That doesn't make me excited at all, to be honest. If they're even true, actually. I would have rather liked Civil War and Ultron.

Edited by Angelo2113

@pspin said:

It was really only a matter of time, both parties played hardball. Marvel put themselves in the situation because of the contract they gave him for the first one, obviously he wouldn't take a worse contract and Marvel Studios/Disney wanted to keep more. Eventually the studio would have to relent, it was just about squeezing the last penny out of each other.

Am I the only person who thinks that the only Iron Man appearances from now on will be in Avengers films? Marvel Studios has said they will only put out two films a year so with all of the franchises they are trying to start, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, etc., one is bound to be a hit, maybe not Iron Man big but enough to make a trilogy. That leaves little room for even a reboot of Iron Man, which would be at least five to seven years away at best.

I don't feel anything will be Iron Man big because it really was the big return of Robert Downey Jr., I don't think Thor or Captain America has been able to hit a solid ground with a majority of the audience because they're unknown actors. (I know Chris Evans is more well known than Chris Hemsworth but not really well known by the majority.)

Posted by Angelo2113
@viin said:

Should of got out when he could...since thor marvel has been disappointing especially avengers and iron man 3.

I really enjoyed Captain America at the theaters and just watched it again a few weeks back and still enjoyed it as much, maybe even more. Avengers was great the first time but after watching it again I felt it was the hype that made it great in my mind, the first hour was very slow. It wasn't that much of a meaningful film at all either when I watched it again. The battles still hold up well, I enjoyed those scenes.

Posted by Oscars94

Oh yes Avengers 2 will be wonderful!

Posted by Mr_Faraday

You guys act like IM3 is the end of the Iron Man saga, the avengers movies are just as much Iron Man movies as the solo movies. You think he wont get some kind of character development in those movies? He'll have his Extremis armor by the time Avengers 2 starts so what is the problem with him destroying his old beat up suits? Plus he wont just show up in Avengers 2 for the first time since IM3, he'll probably have at least one cameo in another movie to help setup the story for Avengers 2. IM3 isn't the close to his story, Avengers 3 is and there is plenty of films leading up to that for him to show up in.

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@angelo2113 said:
@tjx_penn said:

@extremis: i think they anounced avengers 2 being about thanos, and avengers 3 is world war hulk

That doesn't make me excited at all, to be honest. If they're even true, actually. I would have rather liked Civil War and Ultron.

They can't do a civil war. It requires alot of characters that they simply don't have. And planet hulk/thanos are both better choices than Ultron, imo. AI/machines taking over has been done to death in hollywood already. I actually would like them to try a Secret Invasion film.

Edited by M1cAL

im alright with this & they made a good point. with the iron man trilogy over, they have room to introduce more characters in their own solo movies. i'd LOVE to see Iron Fist tear it up at some point, doubt it'll happen tho -_-

Posted by CptPanda29

Cool, all he needs to do is pull the writers head out of his arse and they can script a character, instead of a dick measuring contest between him and that brat in IM3.

Posted by Miss_Garrick

I agree with all the pictures showing much glee!

Posted by novi_homines

Instead of having an IM4 film inbetween avengers 2 and 3, I would actually rather see them have a Tony Stark/Bruce Banner film. Perfect way to have a Mark Rufallo hulk film, without rebooting the franchise again. And after seeing the two of them leave the avengers together, being the science bros that they are, I would love seeing them in a film together. When Tony Stark is Iron Man, and Banner is hulk, I can see them having a Groot/ Rocket Raccoon type of relationship.


Posted by Ninjablade09

I'm stoked that Downey is going to be Iron Man but I want to see more Iron Man villains like Blizzard, Beetle or MODOK. Iron Man 3 was alright. I really don't see how this movie is making more money then the last two but for some odd reason it is. I just didn't like the Mandarin facade with Ben Kingsley. They already pulled that trick in Batman Begins and it kinda worked. The Sensei pretending to be Ra's al Ghul and Henri Ducard actually being Ra's al Ghul. U can't just use a fantastic actor like Ben Kingsley and give him such a meaningless role. Its just not done.

It's making a boat load of money because it's the first movie after the Avengers. That and the general audience are okay with the Mandarin twist.

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Edited by tg1982

Yes, on so many levels.

I'm O.K. with this.

Yeah, me too. I'm also O.K. with Iron Man being a trilogy, trilogies are the new black. Blade, Spider Man, Batman, Iron Man, most likely Captain America and Thor, Avengers. It actually makes sense, since many actors and actresses can risk the dreaded "type cast of DOOOOOOOOOOM" if they do one thing for too long.

Aww. A kitty!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Perezite

The only way I would have accepted his resignation or contract being void, is if Don would have continued as War Machine. That way the team would still have an ``Iron Man".

Or if Tony got merced in an epic way by Thanos (punch through the chest) that showed how much cajones the director had.

Edited by Perezite

I think it mostly had to do with the fact that joss whedon told disney. No RDJ, No Avengers 2

I think he told that to Marvel Studios considering, you know that all Disney handles in distribution while Marvel Studios still has to raise the funs for production and stuff.

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Posted by Perezite

Disney only handles distribution. Marvel Studios has to raise the majority of its funds and are involved in the majority of production.

Posted by Perezite

I'm stoked that Downey is going to be Iron Man but I want to see more Iron Man villains like Blizzard, Beetle or MODOK. Iron Man 3 was alright. I really don't see how this movie is making more money then the last two but for some odd reason it is. I just didn't like the Mandarin facade with Ben Kingsley. They already pulled that trick in Batman Begins and it kinda worked. The Sensei pretending to be Ra's al Ghul and Henri Ducard actually being Ra's al Ghul. U can't just use a fantastic actor like Ben Kingsley and give him such a meaningless role. Its just not done.

The difference there is that, we still got an epic villain. Not so much with the Mandarin in Iron Man 3.

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Posted by JamDamage

@punyparker:

show this picture about forty-nine million nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand nine hundred niney-nine more times and that's why he's not leaving.

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@sasquatch888:

yeah, it was dissapointing to him, and about 3 other people.

Edited by TheGodofThunder

It amazes me how people are giving so much crap to IM3, but slobbering all over MoS.

I hope this comment doesn't derail the thread, lol.

Posted by HaveAtThee

To play iron man? ha no Robert Downey jr won't play ironman/tony stark he will play the embarrassing, arrogant joke he played in ironman 3 so the idiot film goer can laugh and call him rebellious because he mocks everyone around him and only acts to further his ego.

its a real shame the Ironman franchise is so closely tied to the avenger that we cannot have a reboot, where iron man is done right.

I agree 100%. Iron Man 3 was terrible. It was like an overly sarcastic, American version of James Bond with horrible action scenes. Heck, he was barely in his suit in that movie. We knew who the man behind the armor was by the third film, they didn't have to try and shove him down our throats. Terrible usage of the Mandarin concept as well as AIM. But because Iron Man is a big draw, his character will clearly be the focus of the Avengers sequel, despite a more than capable cast around Downey Jr.

Posted by Perezite

It amazes me how people are giving so much crap to IM3, but slobbering all over MoS.

Well, MoS didn't butt rape a classic villain for the sake of a twist that the writers had WAY too much confidence in and didn't pull a switch-a-roo with promising an epic villain, but instead getting the same kind of corrupt corporate tycoon we've been getting throughout the entire series.

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@novemberx2 said:

To play iron man? ha no Robert Downey jr won't play ironman/tony stark he will play the embarrassing, arrogant joke he played in ironman 3 so the idiot film goer can laugh and call him rebellious because he mocks everyone around him and only acts to further his ego.

its a real shame the Ironman franchise is so closely tied to the avenger that we cannot have a reboot, where iron man is done right.

I agree 100%. Iron Man 3 was terrible. It was like an overly sarcastic, American version of James Bond with horrible action scenes. Heck, he was barely in his suit in that movie. We knew who the man behind the armor was by the third film, they didn't have to try and shove him down our throats. Terrible usage of the Mandarin concept as well as AIM. But because Iron Man is a big draw, his character will clearly be the focus of the Avengers sequel, despite a more than capable cast around Downey Jr.

Oh come on! it wasn't that bad, it was at least a 6 out of 10, i liked that the movie focused on tony stark more so on iron man, HE is iron man, he doesn't need the suit for that, and you have to admit that Robert Jr's Performance was very cool. and The Movie version is much better than the comic book version, and besides, Whedon handled tony and iron man awesomely.

i'm so tired of this.

Posted by TheGodofThunder

@perezite: All I'm going to say is to each their own. I don't want to get into a long debate about the movies on a thread, but I suppose if you want to PM I will reply that way.

Posted by TheGodofThunder

@angelo2113: Marvel stated months ago that WWH was not going to be the plot of Avengers 3, thank god. Ultron would most definitely be amazing though.

Posted by Perezite

@haveatthee said:

@novemberx2 said:

To play iron man? ha no Robert Downey jr won't play ironman/tony stark he will play the embarrassing, arrogant joke he played in ironman 3 so the idiot film goer can laugh and call him rebellious because he mocks everyone around him and only acts to further his ego.

its a real shame the Ironman franchise is so closely tied to the avenger that we cannot have a reboot, where iron man is done right.

I agree 100%. Iron Man 3 was terrible. It was like an overly sarcastic, American version of James Bond with horrible action scenes. Heck, he was barely in his suit in that movie. We knew who the man behind the armor was by the third film, they didn't have to try and shove him down our throats. Terrible usage of the Mandarin concept as well as AIM. But because Iron Man is a big draw, his character will clearly be the focus of the Avengers sequel, despite a more than capable cast around Downey Jr.

Oh come on! it wasn't that bad, it was at least a 6 out of 10, i liked that the movie focused on tony stark more so on iron man, HE is iron man, he doesn't need the suit for that, and you have to admit that Robert Jr's Performance was very cool. and The Movie version is much better than the comic book version, and besides, Whedon handled tony and iron man awesomely.

i'm so tired of this.

The Mandarin. Was Raped. In the ass. Like. A. Two. Dollar. Thai. Hooker. Also, we were promised an epic villain, and got Guy Pierce instead. Your argument about it being better than the comic book storyline it's based off of is invalid.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@perezite said:

@theacidskull said:

@haveatthee said:

@novemberx2 said:

To play iron man? ha no Robert Downey jr won't play ironman/tony stark he will play the embarrassing, arrogant joke he played in ironman 3 so the idiot film goer can laugh and call him rebellious because he mocks everyone around him and only acts to further his ego.

its a real shame the Ironman franchise is so closely tied to the avenger that we cannot have a reboot, where iron man is done right.

I agree 100%. Iron Man 3 was terrible. It was like an overly sarcastic, American version of James Bond with horrible action scenes. Heck, he was barely in his suit in that movie. We knew who the man behind the armor was by the third film, they didn't have to try and shove him down our throats. Terrible usage of the Mandarin concept as well as AIM. But because Iron Man is a big draw, his character will clearly be the focus of the Avengers sequel, despite a more than capable cast around Downey Jr.

Oh come on! it wasn't that bad, it was at least a 6 out of 10, i liked that the movie focused on tony stark more so on iron man, HE is iron man, he doesn't need the suit for that, and you have to admit that Robert Jr's Performance was very cool. and The Movie version is much better than the comic book version, and besides, Whedon handled tony and iron man awesomely.

i'm so tired of this.

The Mandarin. Was Raped. In the ass. Like. A. Two. Dollar. Thai. Hooker. Also, we were promised an epic villain, and got Guy Pierce instead. Your argument about it being better than the comic book storyline it's based off of is invalid.

thats not what i said. i didn't say the story line was better,it was an OKAY film, but TONY stark, the movie version, downeys version, is much better than the current comic book version of iron man.

please read my post before accusing me of something i didn't say. :)

Posted by Girth

This is a smart move. If he did do more Iron Man movies he would become overexposed. I wish he could also do cameos at the end credits of other movies to show he is still there, but I will take what I can get.

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