Robert Downey Jr. Can't Make Up His Mind About Whether He's Doing Iron Man 4
Yesterday was an emotional roller coaster for fans of Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man. After heavily implying that Iron Man 4 was moving forward with him in the titular role on the Ellen Degeneres show yesterday afternoon, he promptly put the kibosh on his participation with Iron Man 4 on David Letterman late last night.
Yesterday, when asked by Ellen if Iron Man 4 was in the works, he tried to deflect, but then when pressed, said, "Okay, yes." But then, when asked the same question by David Letterman, his answer heartily contradicts that statement:
In this video, Downey definitively says, "There's no plans for an Iron Man 4." Letterman asks Downey if he's at least seen a script, and he replies, "No, there's no script but [Marvel executives] do have a plan, and I think they're going to announce - they're very secretive about it."
And then, when Letterman asks whether Downey himself would be willing to do more Iron Man movies, he says, "Just between us, no - but I'm going to do other stuff with Marvel. I'm still going to be involved with Marvel and there's going to be plenty of other fun stuff."
The "other fun stuff" likely refers to Avengers movies, like the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, in which Iron Man plays a very prominent role. But what's going to happen with the Iron Man solo franchise? It's hard to believe that they wouldn't make another one eventually, considering that Iron Man 3 was the sixth-highest-grossing film of all time, but would they really make one without Robert Downey Jr., whose interpretation of the character has been so beloved? It's possible that they plan to kill off Downey's version of Iron Man in the Avengers movies and continue the franchise with a different character and actor taking up the mantle, but I can't imagine that decision being very popular.