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Robert Downey Jr. Set to Return as Iron Man

Posted June 20, 2013 04:07 PM by Webmaster

Walt Disney PicturesActor Robert Downey Jr. has signed a new two-picture deal with Marvel to return as Tony Stark/Iron Man in Marvel's The Avengers 2 and Marvel's The Avengers 3. The official announcement was made earlier today at Marvel.com.

The Avengers 2 is written and directed by Joss Whedon. In addition to Downey Jr., the cast will include Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, and Samuel L. Jackson. Production is set to begin in March 2014 and the film is expected to open in theaters across the U.S. on May 1, 2015.

Note: The Avengers (2012) is already out on 2D and 3D Blu-ray courtesy of Disney. See our listings and reviews of these releases here and here.




Source: Marvel.com | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

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nathanp
  Jun 20, 2013
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Pretty much had to pay him whatever he wanted, he's irreplaceable in the role, probably the only member of the cast you could say that about.
hewylewis
  Jun 20, 2013
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Um, how CAN you make an Avengers movie with Iron Man when Tony had the arc reactor removed from his body that MAKES him Iron Man in the first place?! It just makes no sense!!
hewylewis
  Jun 20, 2013
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That and HE DESTROYED ALL HIS SUITS AT THE END OF IRON MAN 3!!!

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prkprkprk
  Jun 20, 2013
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Obviously someone didn't learn the lesson taught in Iron Man 3.

It's Tony Stark that makes Iron Man, not the arc reactor or the suits.

Besides, despite that the suits are destroyed, he could just make some more. Pretty easy.
hewylewis
  Jun 20, 2013
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Sorry, I guess I'm still pissed at the twist.

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prkprkprk
  Jun 20, 2013
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Eh, it was alright. I liked that it was different from the usual superhero fare, though I'm not sure that they should've performed that experiment on a much-adored villain from the original comic.

jkcheng122
  Jun 20, 2013
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Does this mean there will be no more Iron Man movies?
hewylewis
  Jun 20, 2013
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Everything else about the movie was fine except for that...and giving Pepper Potts super powers.

kenkraly2004
  Jun 20, 2013
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Awesome news!!!

Graham1138
  Jun 20, 2013
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How could anyone not be happy about this? This is good news.

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wnicholas76
  Jun 20, 2013
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Best...news...ever!!!!!

robocop35
  Jun 20, 2013
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Cool I just hope Avengers 2 is way better than IM-3!

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pmac
  Jun 20, 2013
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@ robocop35...2 words, Joss Wheden

Johnny Blu
  Jun 20, 2013
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Is it possible for news to be good and bad at the same time? It's great that RDJ will be in the Avengers 2 and 3, but sad that there may not be anymore Iron Man stand alone movies.

BleedingBlu
  Jun 20, 2013
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Will he get another $50 million a picture? Holy Mother!

tru blu
  Jun 20, 2013
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Same Cast & Joss Whedon = Must See

konger82
  Jun 20, 2013
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YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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knighstalker
  Jun 20, 2013
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If they pay me a million, I'll hand wash his underwear.
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Silo5
  Jun 20, 2013
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For me, no one else could fill Iron Man's shoes. If the Iron Man movies had been just "some guy in a suit", it wouldn't have had the same appeal as Robert Downey Jr.'s portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man. I have followed Robert Downey Jr.'s career since the days of Weird Science and I think he has matured to be one of the better actors in modern day Hollywood. I may be the only one who wasn't disappointed with "more Tony Stark/less Iron Man" in Iron Man 3, as I think he has added "character" to his character.

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pmac
  Jun 21, 2013
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@ knightstalker...if they pay me a million $$$ I will eat his underwear

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dobyblue
  Jun 21, 2013
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Damn, SPOILER your comment if you're going to talk about what happens at the end of IM3, some of us prefer to wait for Blu-ray to experience the movie for the very first time on our own systems in the comfort of our own homes which to me sound better than the cinema anyway!!

Agree with Silo5, RD Jr is definitely one of my faves and always has been, just watched Back to School a couple weeks ago and he's almost as funny as Thornton Melon (Rodney D) in it. 10cc brain? Possibly neanderthal man? lol

Great to see this news, and that Whedon is returning to the director's chair.
BluRayFreak
  Jun 21, 2013
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Agree with dobyblue, too many people not using SPOILER tags!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rainman208
  Jun 21, 2013
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Good news. If I hadn't seen Joss Whedon back I would have been very nervous.
CANUCKS FAN
  Jun 21, 2013
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Robert Downy Jr's one of the best actors on the planet
wish he.d do some more serious roles also

mishal
  Jun 21, 2013
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Would love to know how much they'll pay him for the two films?

sygnus
  Jun 21, 2013
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It wasn't just his paycheck he was negotiating. The rest of the cast have been getting the penny pincher treatment from Marvel (the current CEO is notorious) and he's been big brother to his co-stars. If he signed the line it must mean everybody got some kind of bump. It's awesome where he's at with his career because it wasn't that long ago that Mel Gibson covered his insurance to get him back onscreen. I am curious how this all works out with how things were more or less wrapped up at the end of part 3.
Vauba
  Jun 21, 2013
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Aaron Johnson is is the next one? That means Kick-Ass is joining the Avengers! Sweet.

JenSilvas79
  Jun 21, 2013
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Where's Captain America?
Vauba
  Jun 21, 2013
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@JenSilvas79 the article lists Chris Evans in the cast for Avengers 2

sackexchange
  Jun 22, 2013
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Milk it RDJr, milk it!!!

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Canada
  Jun 22, 2013
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Robert Downey Jr. Thank you.
jayembee
  Jun 23, 2013
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hewylewis: "Um, how CAN you make an Avengers movie with Iron Man when Tony had the arc reactor removed from his body that MAKES him Iron Man in the first place?! It just makes no sense!!"

It makes perfect sense; you're just not thinking it through. The only reason that the ARC reactor needed to be in his body was to keep the shrapnel from tearing up his heart. With the shrapnel removed, he doesn't need the ARC for that purpose anymore, so it was removed as well. He can still use an ARC to power his suit, but it doesn't have to be sitting in his chest anymore.

"That and HE DESTROYED ALL HIS SUITS AT THE END OF IRON MAN 3!!!"

Christ, he built 42 suits in the time between The Avengers and Iron Man 3. Do you think that not having an ARC reactor in his chest anymore will somehow make him forget how to build more?


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