Captain America: Civil War comes out late this spring (May 6), and pits everyone’s favorite boy scout, Steve Rogers, better known as Captain America, against Tony Stark’s Iron Man. But while it is great to see the man in the red suit in ensemble films, nothing quite beats seeing him flying solo. Robert Downey Jr. has gone back and forth about the potential for a fourth Iron Man. He first said he’d hang up the suit when he turned 50, but he’s going on 51 now, and is presumably still contracted for Avengers: Infinity War. But what about the rumored Iron Man 4? Is that going to happen? Will RDJ play Tony Stark? In an interview with USA Today, he answered those questions…kind of.
RDJ has personified Iron Man in six films so far, Civil War will make it seven. In most people’s eyes he IS the billionaire/playboy/genius, not necessarily in that order. But will he don the armored suit for a ninth showing, after Infinity War? Maybe not, it seems. He admitted to USA Today that he doesn’t “think that’s in the cards”, saying:
“In a way it’s Cap 3 but for me it’s like my little Iron Man 4 and then it’s back to the thing we all recognize. Everything pulls over to the side of the road when the thunder of an Avengers thing comes through because that’s how it is until it changes. If it changes.”
While that doesn’t sound exactly promising, it also isn’t conclusive. It’s almost like he is deliberately avoiding a direct answer. And that’s OK. He’s got time to decided because, like he said, everything else stops for the Avengers franchise. Of course, just because Downey has been Iron Man for the last eight years doesn’t mean the show can’t go on without him. Origin stories and reboots are very hot right now. Maybe he could even try his hand at directing a future Marvel movie, he surely knows what it takes by now. When asked that exact question, he replied, “Look, that might be the only gig they offer me in five years!”. So, it looks like the fate of Tony is TBD.
Source: USA Today