Robert Downey Jr. is obviously most well known as Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but he also plays another immortal hero in a very different blockbuster movie franchise. We’re talking, of course, about Sherlock Holmes, with Downey first stepping into the shoes of the Great Detective in Guy Ritchie’s 2009 outing. He reprised the role again in 2011’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and, despite Sherlock Holmes 3 being on the cards ever since, a third film has yet to materialize.
Things have finally started to take flight for the threequel, though, with reports saying that Downey. Jr will reunite with his Dr. Watson, Jude Law, and Richie when the production goes in front of cameras later this year. But it seems that there’s now been a bit of a delay, as Exhibitor Relations is telling us that Sherlock Holmes 3 has been pushed back from December 25th, 2020 to December 22nd, 2021.
That’s a full year delay, and one that’s sure to upset fans who’ve been waiting what feels like ages for another entry into the series. Still, it’s good to know that it’s coming eventually and that the core trifecta that brought Sherlock Holmes to international success some years ago are back behind the wheel.
Beyond Ritchie, Law and Downey Jr., we don’t yet know who else will be boarding the threequel, but you can bet that the studio will be bringing in some high profile talent to surround its two leads. Who knows, maybe we’ll even see a few more MCU stars thrown into the mix?
Time will tell, but while Sherlock Holmes 3‘s December 22nd, 2021 release date may seem like eons away, fans of Downey Jr., Law and Ritchie have got plenty to look forward to in the meantime thanks to Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel and Aladdin. Not to mention that at long last, we can now say that the game is once again afoot.