Posted by k4tzm4n (39412 posts) - - Show Bio

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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#1 Posted by Deranged Midget (18230 posts) - - Show Bio

#2 Edited by Arkhamc1tizen (2202 posts) - - Show Bio
#3 Edited by ekrolo (488 posts) - - Show Bio

No more solo Iron Man flicks? I think there will be more off them but only after Downey leaves for good and the next one will be used to introduce the new actors.

#4 Posted by TheManInTheShoe (3996 posts) - - Show Bio

I actually never thought he would quit. Being part of the 3rd and 5th highest grossing movies of all time doesn't make people quit.

#5 Edited by V_Scarlotte_Rose (6719 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm O.K. with this.

#7 Posted by Deranged Midget (18230 posts) - - Show Bio

@themanintheshoe: It's not about him quitting, it was about his contract ending and basically being all up to Marvel whether or not they wanted to renew it again. Obviously, they didn't want to ignore the star power he brought to the films.

#8 Posted by Lvenger (23135 posts) - - Show Bio

#9 Posted by dondave (39825 posts) - - Show Bio
#10 Edited by DarthStorm (161 posts) - - Show Bio

#11 Posted by Novemberx2 (502 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#12 Edited by ekrolo (488 posts) - - Show Bio

@novemberx2: They'll probably make a soft reboot once the new actor is chosen and RDJ leaves. One thats still cannon with whats already there but not tied down by it.

#13 Edited by Extremis (3519 posts) - - Show Bio

Avengers 3 was announced?! Wtf, I never heard about this.

Also, no IM movie being between A2 and A3 seems fishy to me as that's their biggest solo money making hero right now. I wonder if Tony might be going somewhere because of what happens in 2, only to come back in 3? IDK just spit balling...

#14 Posted by CuddlyPlane (105 posts) - - Show Bio

Thank god, he's the one and only for Tony Stark

#15 Posted by sentryman555 (852 posts) - - Show Bio

@novemberx2: Even though I had my problems with Iron Man 3 I think it did serve to show him getting more mature. So maybe avengers will have him acting more like his comic book counterpart in the next film.

#16 Posted by Guardiandevil83 (6796 posts) - - Show Bio

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".

#17 Edited by ccraft (10058 posts) - - Show Bio

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

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#18 Posted by joshmightbe (25871 posts) - - Show Bio

@ccraft: I'm willing to bet Marvel wants to cap Avengers as a trilogy so they can do a reboot after. Not calling this a good idea I'm just assuming that's the plan.

#20 Posted by Om1kron (1219 posts) - - Show Bio

To be honest they don't need any more iron man films. I've had my fill and I enjoyed them all.

#21 Edited by deadpool25mm (678 posts) - - Show Bio

Thank god, he's the one and only for Tony Stark

Good news, good news indeed.

#23 Edited by theTimeStreamer (2845 posts) - - Show Bio

@novemberx2: yes let the hate flow through the keyboard and on the net. yes yes. oh ye expert of movies, general audiences and iron man.

#24 Posted by joshmightbe (25871 posts) - - Show Bio

@ekrolo: I never said I wanted it to happen its just my gut feeling. I'd prefer they didn't as well but not much we can do to stop it if they want to go that route.

#25 Edited by ccraft (10058 posts) - - Show Bio

@joshmightbe: I wouldn't want to see a reboot either, it would be cool to see more members join. Cap needs a new suit though

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#26 Posted by impossibilly (913 posts) - - Show Bio

Can I vote for forever? Because I'd like to vote for forever. I wasn't a fan of IM3, but Robert Downey Jr was great in it.

#29 Edited by GodDamnIronMan (1628 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

Cinematic Universe is always different from the source, have you not realised it yet? See TDK trilogy, Batman is weaker in Nolanverse, and yet, people loved it... Same goes to Iron Man. I don't care much about how Tony Stark is portrayed on the silver screen, and I actually kind of enjoy RDJ's performances as Tony Stark

#30 Posted by Jackmaa (47 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm not OK with this, the ending of IM 3 was disappointing. I hope that Robert Downey Jr will think again about this, because there needs to be a Iron Man IV where Iron Man is the star. In the third it was about Tony Stark and his demons. And now we need a come back like after "A demon in a bottle" arc.

#31 Edited by Dratini1331 (7132 posts) - - Show Bio

#32 Edited by TheAmazingImmortalMan (4477 posts) - - Show Bio

nice I love RDJ as Tony Stark/Ironman!!!!!!!!!! I enjoyed all three films and did not want to see RDJ leave the role. Avengers 3 and 4? no IM4? because I want an IM4.

#33 Posted by Mr. Messy Face (125 posts) - - Show Bio

Iron Man 4: War Machine

#34 Posted by Gotham331 (287 posts) - - Show Bio

Why am I not more excited about this?

#35 Posted by modunhanul (418 posts) - - Show Bio

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES!

#36 Posted by The Stegman (28577 posts) - - Show Bio

No duh. Like he's gonna say no to all that green.

#37 Posted by tjx_penn (38 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#38 Posted by MyNameWasDeleted (683 posts) - - Show Bio

#39 Edited by Protoflash (154 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#40 Edited by comicace3 (7885 posts) - - Show Bio

Awesome.

#41 Posted by pspin (1079 posts) - - Show Bio

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.

#42 Posted by PunyParker (14524 posts) - - Show Bio

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#43 Posted by cmaprice (847 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah, I really don't think we need more solo IM films. I thought the first was one of the best superhero films ever made, probably tied with the Avengers, after The Dark Knight. Iron Man 2 and 3, however? Kind of messy.

#44 Edited by viin (853 posts) - - Show Bio

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

#45 Posted by fletcher78 (16 posts) - - Show Bio

@ccraft: I'm willing to bet Marvel wants to cap Avengers as a trilogy so they can do a reboot after. Not calling this a good idea I'm just assuming that's the plan.

I've just had a thought about rebooting The Avengers.

In the past it has been easy to reboot franchises like Batman, Spiderman, Superman et al because they have all been stand alone film series'. But with the Avengers they are part of a larger film universe. If you reboot the Avengers then do you reboot Thor, Iron Man, Hulk and Captain America too? and what about the films in development or rumoured like Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant -Man and Dr. Strange. Would we have to reboot them too? Would it not interfere with the established universes internal logic if they did brand new origin stories? or could they do something akin to a cinema Ultimate universe where the previous Marvel universe stands as it is and they introduce an alternate universe?

#46 Posted by weaponx (1599 posts) - - Show Bio

Good news. I hope they don't do any more Iron Man solo movies (the last one was an okay movie, but not good/great) and instead move on to other, new, characters. Leave RDJ for Avengers so he still has his presence there.

I hope Marvel/Disney starts treating the other actors better though, and maybe that was what finally made RDJ sign on. They wouldn't even pay for Chris Hemsworth's (Thor) gym membership!

#47 Posted by HumanRocket (10669 posts) - - Show Bio

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#49 Edited by sasquatch888 (566 posts) - - Show Bio

@viin said:

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

really avengers was disappointing to you???

#50 Posted by Extremis (3519 posts) - - Show Bio

@tjx_penn: wow really? I had no idea. Why aren't more people talking about this, this is big news if its true