A quick glimpse into the We Got This Covered news archive on Iron Man 4 is like watching a tennis ball constantly being volleyed across a net. Yes, there’s going to be a fourth instalment. No, it’s unlikely. Yes, it’ll possibly happen but without Robert Downey Jr. When exactly will a firm stance on Marvel’s most successful cinematic character arrive? That day is not today, folks.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the matter was once more addressed. In typical Downey Jr. fashion, the coy actor gave a vague answer that will no doubt delight/enrage fans of the suited billionaire:
“I’m sure we’ll ride that thing. You’ve got to surf that all the way in to shore.”
It’s not exactly a guarantee, or even a hard no. In fact, it points towards the continuation of Iron Man’s journey should he continue to be a success for Marvel Studios. But how much longer until there’s a definitive answer? Iron Man 3 raked in a phenomenal $1.2 BILLION at the worldwide box office. It’s not as if the studio needs time to tally the home video receipts to estimate the success of another outing. It’d be a smash. But, maybe Downey Jr. is growing tired of superhero japery. Currently the actor is finishing out his existing contract, in which he’s inked to play billionaire playboy Tony Stark two more times. Once in Avengers: Age Of Ultron and then in The Avengers 3.
The fact of the matter is, one innocent throwaway comment from Downey Jr. and the entire world goes bananas. At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, he spoke to Variety and similarly spawned another tidal wave of insanity over the future of cinematic Stark, telling the outlet “There isn’t one in the pipe. No, there’s no plan for a fourth ‘Iron Man.’”
What do you reckon, should Downey Jr. don the suit for Iron Man 4?