I’ve never really expected an Iron Man 4, however naive that may seem. I really, really liked Iron Man 3. So far, having not yet seen Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s my favorite film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And I had always sort of taken the hint that it was the final Iron Man installment for Robert Downey Jr. It wrapped up his version of Tony Stark’s arc in a way that felt complete to me. Also, anyone who’s paying attention knows that, exempting his appearance in Avengers: Age Of Ultron, he might be getting too expensive for Marvel. Blockbuster dealmaking is a complicated game and once an actor is branded with a successful role it gets extremely expensive to keep them onboard after their initial contract expires.
But Robert Downey Jr. isn’t wiping his hands of a potential Iron Man 4 just yet. Despite Gwyneth Paltrow’s prognostication that a 4th film isn’t in the cards (and Downey himself seeming noncommittal over a year ago), there still might be another go-around for Marvel and the original Tony Stark. Hit the jump for more on the potential for Robert Downey Jr. returning to Iron Man 4.