Robert Downey Jr. Hits the Repulsors on IRON MAN 4; Says He’s Not Doing the Movie but Will Continue to Work with Marvel

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Yesterday on Ellen, Robert Downey Jr. said he and Marvel were in the middle of negotiations for Iron Man 4.  However, later that night, he went on The Late Show, and told David Letterman that not only is there no script, but when pressed to give a definitive answer on whether he would do the movie, Downey responded:

“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.”

He also said that Marvel does “have a plan, and I think they’re going to announce — they’re very secretive about it,” which is a statement one could say about Marvel Studios at any point in time.  Hit the jump for more.  Downey will next be seen as Iron Man in Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens on May 1, 2015.

Robert Downey Jr. Dismisses “Mel Gibson Directing IRON MAN 4” Comments But Confirms Film Is in Development; Talks SHERLOCK 3 and More

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Robert Downey Jr. is quite the popular guy, so it’s no surprise that his AMA on reddit was a heavily populated affair.  Downey Jr. took some time to answer a number of different questions in promotion of his upcoming drama The Judge, and during the course of the AMA he touched on a number of issues.  Chiefly, Downey Jr. dismissed his recent comment about starring in Iron Man 4 if Mel Gibson directs as a simple offhanded remark (as was made clear in the context of the full interview; not sure why everyone started reporting this as fact in the first place).  He also touched on the likelihood of making an appearance on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the status of Sherlock Holmes 3, a noir-tinged Perry Mason project that he’s developing, and he even made brief mention of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Additionally, while appearing on The Ellen Show Downey straight-up admitted that Iron Man 4 is in the works.  Read on after the jump.

TOP 5: BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Batmobile, JOHN WICK Trailer, IRON MAN 4 Not Currently Planned, MAPS TO THE STARS, TIFF 2014

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The Top 5 will take a brief hiatus next week as I’ll be in Austin for MondoCon on Saturday. As someone who has little to no available wall space thanks to its namesake, I’m genuinely thrilled to have the opportunity to attend the convention and meet artists like Tim Sale, Francesco FrancavillaJock, and more. The analogy “like a kid on Christmas” comes to mind, but there’s a solid chance that there will be more alcoholic beverages consumed during my brief stint in Austin than would be appropriate for a child’s Christmas festivities. At any rate, Top 5 and I will return in two short weeks and I’ll likely use the opening paragraph to hit on some of the high points of my MondoCon experience then. This is important because it will not only mean that I enjoyed safe travels but also that my wife let me back in the house in spite of the posters and collectibles that I’ll inevitably bring home.

My prelude to MondoCon out of the way, this week’s installment includes a detailed look at the Batmobile from Zack Snyder‘s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the first trailer and poster for Keanu Reeves‘ revenge actioner John Wick, word from Robert Downey Jr. that there are currently no plans for Iron Man 4, a new trailer for David Cronenberg‘s Maps to the Stars, and all of our TIFF 2014 coverage to date. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

IRON MAN 4 Not Currently Planned According to Robert Downey Jr.

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Just about six weeks ago things seemed to be looking ever so slightly up for Iron Man 4, with Robert Downey Jr.  hinting that all things Marvel seemed great and adding, “Why give up the belt when it feels like you can barely get jabbed?”  While all things Marvel are undoubtedly still great after a killer summer at the box office, Downey took some time over the weekend to clarify that there are no plans for an Iron Man 4 (it looks like Gwyneth Paltrow was right).

What’s changed in the past six weeks then?  Well, Guardians of the Galaxy was a way bigger hit than most people expected it to be, and there’s a chance Marvel is feeling emboldened by the overall success of their brand (including recent hits like The Winter Soldier) to the point where they don’t need to pay another Downey-sized fee.  To me, this means that there’s a chance that there will never be an Iron Man 4, not with RDJ.  I’ll explain that in a second, but first hit the jump for Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man 4 comments.

Robert Downey Jr. Hints at Return for IRON MAN 4

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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.

Marvel Announces May 3rd, 2018 Movie; Could This Be AVENGERS 3?

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Last week Marvel announced 5 Untitled Movies with release dates stretching all the way up until May of 2019.  At the time, I guessed that the one bearing the date of May 3rd, 2019 would be Avengers 3 since that franchise’s signature early May release date was missing from the 2018 slate and 2017 seemed just a bit too soon to get everyone together again.

I’m doing away with that theory at this point because Marvel just announced yet another film for May 4th, 2018.  That first week of May is Avengers territory and 2018 is one whole year sooner that the studio gets to trot out their most valuable IP.  It makes sense that they want as few gaps between these things as possible.  So now I’m going to guess that  Avengers 3 hits on May 4th, 2018.  Hit the jump for more on this potential Avengers 3 release date.

Kevin Feige Talks GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, THOR 3, CAPTAIN AMERICA 3, DOCTOR STRANGE, Casting Josh Brolin as Thanos, Comic-Con Plans, and More

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With director James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy opening August 1st, over the weekend, Marvel and Disney held a huge press junket here in Los Angeles.  While I’ll be posting my video interviews with the cast next week, I wanted to share my exclusive interview with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige today.  During our wide-ranging conversation he talked about making Guardians of the Galaxy, how much of the film was planned before James Gunn signed on, the great soundtrack, deleted scenes, whether we could see an extended cut in theaters before the Blu-ray release, and more.

In addition, we also talked about casting Josh Brolin as Thanos and if he signed a multi-picture deal, why they didn’t show the post-credits scene at the press screenings, the untitled Marvel movies being released through 2019, the studio’s Comic-Con plans, the fact that Marvel knows who will be playing Doctor Strange but the contract isn’t signed yet (if the person does sign by Comic-Con he’ll be announced on Saturday), the status of Thor 3 and Captain America 3, the chances Robert Downey Jr. returning for Iron Man 4, and more.  Hit the jump for the interview and click here to read some going tweets about Guardians of the Galaxy.

Kevin Feige Talks Planning Marvel’s Comic-Con Panels, IRON MAN 4, When They’ll Announce the Phase Three Films, AGENT CARTER, and More

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A few hours before Kevin Feige took the stage at Comic-Con, I sat down with him for an exclusive interview.  He talked about the importance of having footage to show at Comic-Con and original movies, what it’s been like working with James Gunn on Guardians of the Galaxy, how Marvel will still make Iron Man movies even if Robert Downey Jr. retires from the role, Agent Carter (Marvel’s next short film that’s on the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray), and more.

However, while the entire interview is worth reading, I did learn two very important things:

  • Marvel is planning on doing something special at D23 next month.
  • The earliest we’re going to hear about which Marvel movies are coming in 2016 and 2017 is a year from now.  The reason is they’re focused on phase two and those slots are phase three movies.

Hit the jump for the full interview and click here for all our Comic-Con coverage.

Robert Downey Jr. Will Return to Play Iron Man in THE AVENGERS 2 and THE AVENGERS 3

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There was some slight doubt if Robert Downey Jr. would be putting on the Iron Man armor again.  His contract with Marvel had ended, he carried a huge price tag (he told GQ he made about $50 million from The Avengers), and there was the possibility of recasting the role James Bond-style.  But talks began about six weeks ago for Downey to join The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3.  Director Joss Whedon even chimed in saying that he didn’t want to do Avengers 2 if Downey wasn’t on board.

But all those worries can be put to rest.  The Tony Stark we know and love isn’t going anywhere.  Downey has signed a two-picture deal to star in The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3.  Hit the jump for more.

Robert Downey Jr. and Kevin Feige Talk IRON MAN 4; Downey Says He Wants to Launch a New Non-IRON MAN Franchise

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Though Iron Man 3 only just hit theaters a couple of weeks ago (and crossed the $1 billion mark at the box office today), many of the conversations surrounding the film have revolved around the prospect of Iron Man 4.  A fourth film in Marvel’s most prominent—and successful—franchise seems like a no-brainer, but there’s the tiny matter of star Robert Downey Jr.’s contract.  His agreement with Marvel is currently up for renegotiation, meaning there is no guarantee that he’ll don the Iron Man suit again.  The actor is said to be in negotiations to return for The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3, but an agreement has yet to be made regarding another standalone Iron Man film.

Downey and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige recently talked a bit about the prospect of seeing Iron Man 4 pop up in Marvel’s Phase Three slate of films, and while Feige is confident that the character will live on no matter what happens, Downey seems keen on taking a break from Tony Stark for a bit.  Hit the jump for more.

Robert Downey Jr. in Talks to Return for THE AVENGERS 2 and 3; No Deal Yet for IRON MAN 4

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The folks at Marvel are no doubt celebrating the massive opening weekend for Iron Man 3—which currently stands as the second highest of all time behind The Avengers—but the studio still has a very large question mark lingering over its future.  With the release of Iron Man 3, star Robert Downey Jr. fulfilled his contract with Marvel.  He is not contractually obligated to appear in any more Marvel films, and thus has a rather sizable amount of leverage over Marvel going forward given that he is, to the moviegoing public, the face of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Iron Man is the most recognizable character in Marvel Studios’ roster, and the character is now synonymous with Robert Downey Jr.

As such, everyone has been wondering whether RDJ will be back and if there are any more standalone Iron Man films in the future.  The negotiations have now begun, and things are, well, a bit complicated.  Hit the jump for much more.

Kevin Feige Talks THE AVENGERS 2, CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver

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The wait is almost over for Shane Black’s Iron Man 3, which debuts in the States on Friday, May 3rd.  However, if you’re looking ahead to the rest of Marvel’s Phase Two slate of films, we’ve got a few nibbles of information to pique your interest.  Since there’s currently no Iron Man 4 on Marvel’s lineup, it’s looking like Robert Downey Jr.’s next appearance as the armored Avenger will be in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers 2.  But who else will be joining him?

Hit the jump for more on Iron Man 3 from Downey Jr., Black, Gwyneth Paltrow and Marvel’s Kevin Feige, along with updates on The Avengers 2 and Captain America: The Winter SoldierSpoilers ahead.

Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Sir Ben Kingsley Talk IRON MAN 3, the Future of the Franchise, and More

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Kicking off the blockbuster movie season, Marvel Studios is releasing Iron Man 3 on May 3rd.  This time out, brilliant billionaire inventor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), aka Iron Man, faces a terrifying enemy, known as The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley), whose reach knows no bounds, and he must rely on his own instincts to protect those that he loves.  From director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), the film also stars Gwyneth Paltrow (“Pepper Potts”), Don Cheadle (“James Rhodes”), Guy Pearce (“Aldrich Killian”), Rebecca Hall (“Maya Hansen”) and Jon Favreau (“Happy Hogan”).

During this press conference at the film’s Los Angeles junket, co-stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Sir Ben Kingsley talked about the biggest challenge in making Iron Man 3, the transformation of Pepper Potts, how Rhodey has evolved, how much of The Mandarin was actually in the script, what director Shane Black brought to this installment of the franchise, finding the right tone, how much they wanted the aftermath of the events in The Avengers to affect Tony Stark, what they hope people get out of the film, and the future of the Iron Man franchise.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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

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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.

Robert Downey Jr. Talks IRON MAN 3, Renewing His Marvel Contract, Working with Shane Black, Jon Favreau’s Integral Role in the Film, and More

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One of the biggest question marks regarding the future of the Iron Man franchise is how much longer Robert Downey Jr. will be playing Tony Stark.  When Downey first signed his deal with Marvel, it was for almost ten movies and he was still considered a big risk given his unproven status as the leading man of a major tentpole property.  Cut to now.  Downey is known the world over as Tony Stark and his amazing portrayal as the genius billionaire is one of the main reasons Marvel movies have exploded in popularity.  I honestly can’t see another person playing the role.  Thankfully, it seems that Downey is still having fun playing the character as he told me during a recent group interview that:

“the agents and the lawyers are having a bit of a ball right now.”

Meaning they are working on a new contract!  In addition to talking about a possible new contract, Downey discussed what fans can expect from Iron Man 3, what working with director Shane Black has been like, the action sequences, what Joss Whedon‘s Avengers did for the Iron Man franchise, how Jon Favreau‘s Happy Hogan character is an integral part of the story, and so much more.  Hit the jump to read or listen to what Downey had to say.

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