Just hours after saying “OK, yes” to Ellen DeGeneres about a fourth “Iron Man” film, Robert Downey Jr. told David Letterman on CBS’s “Late Show” that “There’s no plans for an ‘Iron Man 4.'” So which is it?
It may be a bit of both.
“There is no script for ‘Iron Man 4,’ but they do have a plan and I think they’re going to announce it–,” Downey Jr. said on “Late Show,” trailing off. “You know, they’re very secretive, Marvel.”
When Letterman said that he didn’t know how he’d break the news to his son that there would be no “Iron Man 4,” Downey Jr. said, “There’ll be other stuff. He’ll be fine.”
This time when pressed to give a definitive answer, Downey Jr. went in the opposite direction he did with DeGeneres. For her, he said “OK, yes.”
For Letterman, he said, “Just between us, no. But I’m gonna do other stuff with Marvel. I’m still gonna be involved with Marvel and there’s gonna be plenty of fun stuff to happen.”
So there is definitely going to be a fourth “Iron Man” and there’s definitely not going to be an “Iron Man 4,” but Downey Jr. is still going to be involved with Marvel? It all sounds rather crazy, until you break it down.
DeGeneres asked, “Will there be a fourth ‘Iron Man’?” To this Downey Jr. said, “Yes.”
Letterman asked, “Are you gonna make another one of those ‘Iron Man’ movies?” To this very different question he said, “No.”
So it sounds like there is a new “Iron Man” movie on the way, but Downey Jr. won’t be the star of it. In other words, it’s time for someone else to wear the suit and carry on his legacy.
Perhaps it will be James Rhodes (Don Cheadle), as has happened in the comics from time to time, or perhaps it will be someone altogether new. And it may well not be called “Iron Man 4.”
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