Robert Downey Jr. says he is not done playing the billionaire playboy and ingenious engineer, Tony Stark! Geeks were shocked to hear that Downey was done with the “Iron Man” franchise when his contract with Marvel ended after the third installment. There was hope for the “Iron Man” star to return to the “Avengers” franchise when “Avengers” Director Joss Whedon insisted that the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will not see the light of day if Downey Jr. is not on-board.
Forbes announced that Downey is the Top Earning Actor of 2014, based on backend income from the previous year’s enormous “Iron Man 3” success. The third installment gift wrapped $75 million for Downey based on figures calculated from June 2013 until June 2014. That should be reason enough for Marvel and Downey to consider a fourth installment. Considering Marvel raked in a ridiculous $1.2 billion in box office revenue based on the success of the third installment, it’s almost impossible to think that a fourth installment would not be considered. “Iron Man 3” is not the only film lining pockets, the total cume for Marvel movies starring Downey are calculated at a staggering $4 billion globally.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly in a new interview, the 49-year-old actor says it’s up to the studio for him to reprise his role as “Iron Man”.
“It’s down to Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios president] and Ike [Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel Entertainment] and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that’s on us to agree or disagree,”
“When things are going great, there’s a lot of agreement.”
Downey is well aware of the box office success his Marvel movies have enjoyed so far, he adds:
“Right now, this has just been swell, hasn’t it?” “This has been a really good one and it feels good and we’re having a good time.” “It’s that thing of: Why give up the belt when it feels like you can barely get jabbed?” “Most people are saying that right when they get knocked out.” However, until there’s an official announcement, “the future is, as usual, uncertain,”
Is it all for money? I would like to think that it’s not because there seems to be enough to go around, but who would say no to some extra cash? Downey says he enjoys playing Tony Stark, and we enjoy seeing him playing one of our favorite comic book characters. We will have to wait for an answer until the negations are finished with Marvel, Stark has a lot of work on his plate based on the carnage left behind at the end of “Iron Man 3”.