After people see Iron Man 3, they will wonder what Iron Man's role will be in the upcoming Marvel movie universe, specifically in The Avengers 2. It's still unclear whether or not Robert Downey Jr. will be back in the role, but he did reveal recently that he's renegotiating his contract. Whatever happens with that it doesn't change the fact that the character Tony Stark will be back. According to Marvel President Kevin Feige, Tony will have a big part to play in Joss Whedon's The Avengers 2. He also says that they have yet to decide on when we might see a fourth Iron Man movie.
Some of the cast members of Iron man 3, including Gwyneth Paltrow, have said that they don't think there will be an Iron Man 4. When Feige was asked about that, this is what he revealed...
Well, no, I think people say that because we’re not developing Iron Man 4. Currently, as you may imagine, Iron Man is a big part of Avengers 2 and that’s what we’re focusing on and what Joss (Whedon) is focusing on. So where we go after that remains to be seen, but certainly, Avengers 2 being the next appearance, the next storyline for Iron Man. Do I think there will be another Iron Man movie? Of course I do. Who will be in that movie and who will be a part of that movie? Who knows? And how far down the line will it be? Will it be right after Avengers 2, will it be a few years after Avengers 2? Who knows? For as advanced as we are in terms of the advanced planning that we do, we’re already looking out to 2015, 2016 and that’s further than most people look out. Beyond that, we’re still not sure.
At least we know Iron Man will for sure be back for more action with The Avengers, and that a fourth Iron Man is eventually going to happen. It might not be for awhile though. Feige then goes on the talk about Edgar Wright's Ant-Man, and why he's determined to bring it to the big screen.
Well, it’s for a couple of reasons. The primary reason is because I met a very talented filmmaker who was about my age almost ten years ago, we got along very well. He had a movie called Shaun of the Dead which hadn’t come out yet and he said he really wanted to meet to talk about Ant-Man… and this was even before we were on the studio. This was just at the dawn of us even discussing becoming our own studio. But we met with him, he had a cool idea and when we became our own studio, we hired him and Joe Cornish, who as you know, went on to do Attack the Block and become a very talented filmmaker in his own right. At the time he hadn’t done much at all but we really believed in him and we believed in Edgar and they delivered a draft that was sort of unlike anything we’d done before that was sort of wholly Edgar and wholly Marvel and a very fun spin on the Ant-Man mythology. And if you’ve seen the in-progress test we showed at Comic-Con last year and there’s been some clips of it we’ve released. People go like, 'Ant-Man, is that a joke? What happens? He talks to ants?' And Edgar and his team put together this test of basically just Ant-Man going down the hallway and it is so kick-ass and so bad-ass, people instantly go, 'Oh, I get it! Now we see what it can be.' And that of course is only 1% of what the movie is, but it’s certainly enough to get people to realize, 'Oh, that’s why you’ve been thinking about this for so long.'
Feige is then asked an interesting question about the Star Wars movies and if it will mean less Marvel movies get released.
Well, we’ll see. We’re definitely doing our own thing and that’s what’s been so great about the relationship with Disney. As they said, 'We’re purchasing Marvel because we like what you’re doing.' Keep doing it. And that’s been three years now and that’s certainly what they’ve allowed us to do, so I hope that means I can get into an advanced screening of a new Star Wars movie, that’d be fun (laughs) but I don’t know how much more it will effect us than that.
Hopefully it doesn't affect them because I really would love to see the same amount of Marvel movies that are being made per year continue.