Via FirstShowing.net, we have learned that Robert Downey Jr. and Marvel Studios have come to an agreement on his future role as Tony Stark. Through some Hollywood passive-aggressiveness, we have learned that the stars for all Marvel films have all been low-balled when it comes to their contracts for multiple films. However, Downey (the highest paid actor of the movies) has been at the forefront of leading a change in policy to get more money for the cast of the films, including Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth, two very under appreciated actors in my opinion. Through what I assume is some very ‘hostile negotiations,’ RDJ has been confirmed to grace us with his present in the two planned Avengers sequels.
It is important to note that Iron Man 4 was not included in that agreement. Perhaps things will change by the time that movie is scheduled, but for the time being, we may have to admit these could be the last times we see RDJ as our favorite iron avenger. Kevin Feige, producer of most Marvel films, has admitted that Tony Stark could be like James Bond. The recasting of the character is much like a different artist taking over a comic book. The character remains, the story continues, and we don’t need another origin story.
On that note, I’d like to remind everyone of the remaining upcoming Marvel films. Phase 2 will be filled in with Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, and then the Avengers 2 (written and directed by Joss Whedon again!). Phase 3 has confirmed the existence Ant-Man leading the new movies, but when I heard Stan Lee back in May, he also mentioned The Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and the Inhumans. If this is any indication, Phase 3 may already be full leading up to the Avengers 3. In that scenario, Iron Man 4 may be much later than sooner. In any case, we have a lot to look forward to until that fateful day comes.