Actor 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?