We've all been waiting to see if Robert Downey Jr. would be back to reprise his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in any upcoming Marvel movies, and today it's been officially announced that Downey Jr. is set to appear in The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3! As for another stand alone Iron Man movie? That's not part of the deal. but who knows what will happen down the line.
I'm happy that Downey Jr. he'll be back! After all, he is Tony Stark, and I'm glad the studio was able to work out a deal with him. It's going to be very strange when Marvel does eventually replace him.
Here's the official report from Marvel:
Tony Stark’s famous closing line to the very first Iron Man film takes on new life today as Marvel is pleased to announce the signing of Robert Downey, Jr. to reprise the role of the “billionaire, genius, playboy, philanthropist.”
Under the two-picture agreement, Downey will star as Tony Stark/Iron Man in “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” and “Marvel’s The Avengers 3.” Downey is represented at CAA by Bryan Lourd, Jim Toth and Matt Leaf and by his attorneys Tom Hansen and Stewart Brookman of the firm Hansen Jacobson.
Downey, Jr.’s last two Marvel films, 2012’s “Marvel’s The Avengers” and this year’s “Iron Man 3,” rank as two of the top five grossing films of all time, collectively earning over $2.7 billion worldwide to date.
“Marvel’s The Avengers 2” is being written and directed by Joss Whedon. Featuring favorites from the first Avengers film and new Marvel characters never before seen on the big screen, “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” is slated to begin production in March 2014 and open in theaters May 1, 2015