Gwyneth Paltrow Says There Won’t Be an IRON MAN 4; Joss Whedon Teases Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch for AVENGERS 2

     April 25, 2013


The U.S. premiere of Iron Man 3 was held last night in Los Angeles, and pretty much everyone from the Marvel Cinematic Universe walked the red carpet.  Though the various actors, actresses, directors, and producers didn’t exactly have time for lengthy interviews while making their way into the theater, a couple of them did drop some interesting tidbits about some upcoming Marvel films.  Gwyneth Paltrow, for one, seems to think that there isn’t going to be an Iron Man 4, and Joss Whedon provided a few more updates on The Avengers 2, even hinting at two new characters he says are in the film.  Hit the jump to read on.

iron-man-4-gwyneth-paltrowIt’s no secret that both Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr.’s contracts with Marvel are up for re-negotiation.  Downey Jr initially signed a 6-picture deal with the studio (which includes short cameos like in The Incredible Hulk), and that will be complete when he appears in The Avengers 2.  While Marvel producer Kevin Feige has previously said that the studio would likely take a James Bond approach to the series when the day comes that Downey Jr. hangs up the suit, the fact remains that the actor is the face of Marvel right now, and he’s absolutely their biggest draw at the box office.

As such, many assumed that Marvel would essentially back a Brinks truck up to Downey Jr.’s house in order to have him re-up for more films.  However, Paltrow doesn’t seem so sure as she dropped a bit of a bomb in a recent interview (via Bleeding Cool):

“I don’t think there’s going to be [an Iron Man 4]. I think we’re done with Iron Man.”

iron-man-4-robert-downey-jrWhile Paltrow isn’t exactly the one who gets to make these decisions, the actress appears genuine when stating this (in the video at the bottom of the page), and it’s actually not too crazy to think that Marvel would move on to other properties after The Avengers 2.  The studio certainly isn’t at a lack for material, and Downey Jr. has made no secret of the fact that he can only play superhero dress-up for so long.

If Paltrow’s comments are to be believed, then the last time we might see Downey Jr. as Iron Man could be in The Avengers 2.  Whedon recently revealed that filming will likely begin in February, and last night he provided a status update on the script while speaking with Yahoo! Movies:

“I have actually finished a draft and I’m redoing it now. I think it’s in really good shape. We’re in a very good place… It’s going really well, eventually someone will explain to me that it’s not and pull me out of my bubble. I’ve been writing and meeting with actors and we’re starting to storyboard, all the preliminary processes. This is the part where it’s all still fun.”

quicksilver-scarlet-witch-avengers-2While it’s a given that we’re going to see new characters in The Avengers 2, Marvel has been tight-lipped about who might be appearing.  Whedon, it would appear, isn’t so secretive:

“I’ve got these two characters, two of my favorite characters from the comic book, a brother-sister act. They’re in the movie.”

It certainly sounds like Whedon is talking about Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, who are twin siblings in the Marvel comics universe.  Indeed, Marvel Studios co-owns the rights to the characters with Fox, so it’s feasible to think that they might pop up in the Avengers sequel.  Or Whedon could just be having fun at the expense of eager fans.  Either way, we should be hearing more soon as the director moves closer towards production.

With regards to topping the first film with the follow-up, Whedon said he doesn’t really think of it that way:

“I try not to think of it as topping it. I try to think of this as its own movie. Sometime yeah, I feel pressure and by the way, Shane [Black] not helping, Iron Man 3 not helping, because I saw this and man he really got it right. But when you’re in the story and you’re dealing with these characters that you love, that everybody loves, when you’ve got the new characters sliding in next to them it’s very exciting. Then I don’t feel pressure, it’s like I’m reading my favorite comic.”

Exciting stuff, huh?  Whedon certainly has his work cut out for him (especially if Avengers 2 acts as RDJ’s swan song), but I think he’s proven himself to be more than capable of stepping up to the plate.

Watch the video interviews with both Paltrow and Whedon below courtesy of Bleeding Cool and Yahoo!


  • Rob Heath

    No Iron Man 4? Maybe it won’t be called Iron Man 4, but there will deff be another Iron Man movie. I still think there is so much they can do with the franchise. No way they are gonna stop at Iron Man 3.

  • Rich woa

    Wonder what the movie version of the Scarlet Witch costume will look like.

  • Pingback: The Avengers -- spoiler discussion - Page 28()

  • Pingback: NO ‘IRON MAN 4′? Plus Whedon teases QUICKSILVER and SCARLET WITCH in ‘AVENGERS 2′? « OMEGA-LEVEL()

  • Dan the Man

    I want Downey to do Demon in a Bottle before he steps down. He’s perfect for it. And, dear I say, potential Oscar material. Idk, it could be a tragedy, Pepper dies, and he hangs up the suit, and I guess Don Cheadle can take over? Nah that’s not quite right but it’s a start!

  • Brandon Avery

    Paltrow doesn’t know what she’s talking about. I saw her interview and a meet the press junket she admitted she didnt know the plot for AVENGERS or IM3 while filming. Now I’m sure in Hollywood that type of thing happens often, but with that said i dont she’d be the one to drop the Hammer on Marvel’s next slate of films. Adam, correct me if I’m wrong but didnt you guys post an article over a year ago wjth ber stating she didnt think she would even be in Avengers.

    I bet IM3 will gross 1 billion worldwide. Then I look @ rottentomatoes and it has a 95% rating. So if the opinion that IM3 is a fucking awesome movie, the masses continue to rave on how great RDJ is as IM/Tony Stark continues, and makes a shit ton of money why in the world would they not want to make an IM4.

    I think it will motivate RDJ to come back if he’s thinking of hanging it up.

    Guess we’ll have to wait and see…

    • Jesus

      I don’t know why people keep giving so much credit to RDJ’s statements of getting too old and wanting to take a break, it all seems very much like boilerplate negotiation technique. Disney’s problem is that everyone knows just how big of a cash cow these films are and RDJ, unlike the rest of the cast, got a direct taste of it due to his contract for Avengers that gave him a percentage of the profits (I remember hearing it was at least $50 million that he walked away with – for one movie). Downey is naturally (and arguably rightfully) going to want more from the Avengers sequel and any Iron Man sequels. Either Disney’s going to have to find some huge lump sum that RDJ will accept or they’re going to have to prepare for a post-RDJ Iron Man franchise.

  • Mark

    I propose Morena Baccarin for the rol of Scarlet Witch and Ryan Gosling as Quicksilver!

    • Jesus #2

      jesus hates u mark!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • mark is Dumb

      Mark your dumb. Stop.

  • JD

    I don’t see why Rhodey/Cheadle coundn’t step up and take RDJ’s place in the fold. Avengers line-ups change all the time.

    And even if that doesn’t work out, there are still more characters to mine *cough* Black Panther *cough*

    I just don’t want Tony to be recast because Rob left his mark, and Marvel has too many other opportunities with other characters to have to make Iron Man 4… 5… 6

    • Guy Smiley

      Because few will care about a Rhodey-centric movie. I like Cheadle fine, but I don’t see him, or the Rhodey character, heading up a War Machine/Iron Patriot movie. He’s fairly nondescript.

      RDJ is not only the face of Marvel movies, but he’s pretty much indistinguishable from Tony Stark/Iron Man in the public eye. I’m not saying no one else could ever play the part well, just that people are inevitably going to compare any replacement to RDJ and that sounds like a no-win scenario.

      Imagine if they decide to cast a new Jonah Jameson in the current Spidey franchise. Now imagine the poor sap who agrees to play the part. Same thing with whoever takes over for RDJ, if they decide to keep it going.

      I definitely want to see Black Panther at some point though. Doctor Strange too.

  • Jeff

    A trilogy and two Avengers movies is plenty for Tony Stark. Let’s move on to other characters before this whole comic book movie craze wears out it’s welcome. Nor am I worried about Downey’s bank account.

    • bidi

      amen. and they keep talking about adding new characters. so by Avengers 3 do they just expect to have 20 people on the Avengers? let’s make this a revolving door. Tony’s out after 2. then Thor. then Hulk. so if they’re still doing these ten years down the road it’s a whole new Avengers team

      • B Avery

        20 characters? Ummm maybe around Avengers 4 & 5. I see you don’t much about the comics. It’s ok. Maybe this will help.

      • bidi

        @B Avery

        it’s called hyperbole…

    • Rich woa

      wears out it welcome? na it’s here to stay for a while.

  • Anonymous

    I’m happy with this decision. Any character’s most prominent and interesting story archs including primary antagonists and situations he/she’s face with can be resolved with both quality and in a satisfactory manner by means of a Trilogy.

    Some of the most beloved cinematic experiences and and TV shows are the one’s that gave their best and then knew when to stop in order to be remembered and beloved forever.
    An example of this was the Indiana Jones trilogy before 4 came and the original Star Wars trilogy.

    Of course I could be proven wrong if a very, very good Iron Man no. 4 came and didn’t feel tiring and continued to contribute to the story. Impossible, definitely not, and I would be all for it.
    But I’m in love with the romantic notion that a very kick ass story can be resolved in three acts.

    • Jesus #2


      • Jesus

        The problem is that most #4′s (or fourth entries in a series – like prequels) in recent memory had been made about 20-30 years after the fact thanks to some moron executive deciding there’s more money to be made from a franchise instead of actually having a legitimate place to go with a fourth film. It’s all about context, it has nothing to do with trilogies being some kind of magical formula for storytelling. For every film series that smartly wrapped up in three films there are about five others that were just three films of garbage or one decent film followed by two cash-grabs.

  • E

    I don’t think there should be such a rush for an Iron Man 4 but I would like RDJ’s last role in the marvel universe to at least be Avengers 3. Hell, they could even skip out having another Iron Man before Avengers 3. End off the first 3 phases with the same cast and then when they move into phases 4-6 it could be an entirely new recast from thor to captain america.

    • Anonymous

      I whole heartedly disagree with recasts, the main actors have been the base for each of these movies, I still don’t like Don Cheadle as Was Machine. Marvel has selected their actors with such care I am very, very impressed, not only do they look the part, they are really good actors, Thor and RDJ and Ruffalo etc, thay kick it out of the park, my only disappointments to this day are Don Cheadle, Chris is a bad Captain America, he was so likeable as torch, and then he just puts a grimace and tells Tony he’s a child ? Sam Jackson I’m somewhat ok with, but I think Robert Redford would be a better Fury for example, that’s it, everything else I’m super on board with.

      So don’t recast, give us perfectly good reasons for this heroes not to came back in 6 years, I’m sure they can come up with something, it’s not like The God of Thunder signed a contract with Earth peaople to fix everything always, (though I think he should) , have other heroes come and become the Avengers, it would be so rich and past heroes would remain beloved.

  • The Real Bruce LeeRoy

    Now I May Be Out There With This But They Should Get An Actor
    Like Ryan Reynolds. But He Is Busy So Maybe The Guy From Burn Notice
    Donavon Has That Same Skill As An Actor And I’m Positive He Would Want
    Some Big Like This Too Add His Resume. Just Opinions Don’t Go Crazy LMMFAO!

  • Melwing

    I find it really amusing how the second reporter they go to with the Agent Coulson/SHIELD TV show question thanked Joss for the ‘insider info’. That information has been public (and not meaning leaked) for quite a long time. LOL

  • Pingback: Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch Teased For 'Avengers 2' | Film School Rejects()


    There is probably some hardcore dealing going on behind closed doors. If Marvel wants to let go of RDJ they have to try VERY hard to find another actor who could play Tony Stark and make him as iconic as RDJ does. It’s almost impossible to find an even OK replacement for him, I think. If this is the end of the Iron Man movies it would be very sad, I could do with maybe 2 more (maybe a Stark/Hulk/Rescue movie would be cool) and Avengers 2. But then again it’s better to end on a high note than on some try hard uninspired follow up.

  • Jesus #2


    • Jesus #2

      i agree

  • gallandd

    I think RDJ’s problem is mainly the injuries. He’s too old too be stuntman. Which means if he does continue in the role he’ll force the films to have less action and more drama.

  • p

    they could keep RDJ and iron man.given stark can now control the suits remotely. means less injuries.

  • William C

    Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow are both expendable. They’ll be gone soon and fans will be ever so joyful because the replacements will be so much better.

    Seriously. RDJ and GP are not gods. Get over it.

  • Pingback: IRON MAN 3 Magazine Cover Plus Updates on THE AVENGERS 2 Including Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver | Collider()

  • Pingback: Robert Downey Jr. and Kevin Feige Talk AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Show | Collider()

  • Pingback: Joss Whedon Confirms Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch for THE AVENGERS 2; Talks about Iron Man’s Return | Collider()

  • Pingback: Joss Whedon confirme VIF-ARGENT et SORCIERE ROUGE dans AVENGERS 2 et parle du retour d'Iron Man | CSTV : CINEMA SERIES TV()

  • Pingback: Evan Peters to Play Quicksilver in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST | Collider()

  • Bram Wijers

    people realy need to think,absoluty we would want a ironman 4 5 6 etc even (not hope so)with out robert!
    If we would not want to,there would be 2 options
    no ironman anymore,or a reboot
    well dont know about the rest but im damn sick off reboots remakes,so let ironman be ironman and better make no damn reboot!!!!!!!

  • Pingback: Joss Whedon Talks Lack of Female Superheroes and Robert Downey Jr. in AVENGERS 2 | Collider()

  • Pingback: THE AVENGERS 2 Quicksilver Aaron Taylor-Johnson | Collider()

  • Pingback: Iron Man 4 Might Have Robert Downey Jr. After All()

  • Pingback: Iron Man 4 Not Currently on Marvel's Slate()