Gywneth Paltrow Really Doesn’t Think There Will Be An Iron Man 4
Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle have done a lot of press for Iron Man 3, as you would expect for any movie. One thing that they’ve all been hinting at in a roundabout way is that Robert Downey Jr. may be closer to the end of his time as Tony Stark than the middle. When asked if there would be more Iron Man films to explore the things brought up in 3, the entire cast have danced around it saying they’re taking it all a day at at time. Now Gwyneth Paltrow has flat out said she doesn’t think Iron Man 4 will happen.
Kevin McCarthy spoke with the stars of Iron Man 3 at the US press junket last weekend. Today a video package of his coverage hit (via Bleeding Cool). Tucked away in his often awkward and spastic interviews is a big bombshell dropped by Paltrow. The quote comes around the 4 minute mark if you want to hear it from her, but she said this when asked about more movies:
I don’t think there’s going to be [an Iron Man 4]. I think we’re done with Iron Man.
Now this can be read a couple different ways. First off, both Paltrow and RDJ‘s contracts are up with Iron Man 3. It’s expected that RDJ will sign back up for a couple movies, and Paltrow has said everything she does is up to what Downey does. So the two could be playing a little hardball to get nerds like us in a tizzy before they sign on the dotted line. If so, it’s a good strategy and Marvel will back yet another armored truck full of money to their doorstep. The other way to see this is that the two are well and truly done with Tony and Pepper. Iron Man 3 was set up to finish a lot of dangling story threads and could serve as a proper ending if it had to. If that’s the case, RDJ is done with Stark. He may pop up in Avengers 2 to die, walk away, or just take a break.
Kevin Feige has been on record saying the role could be treated like James Bond, with new actors coming in every so often. There have been a lot of questions during Iron Man 3 press about how RDJ could ride off into the sunset. Don Cheadle (who still has a contract with Marvel for more movies) recently told Empire he wouldn’t blame Robert if he left:
The door is always left open in these kinds of movies especially when they do as well as they have done. I know there was talk of making sure we did this one right, and if it worked it could be the last one. There’s room for more to be done with these characters. We’re getting to a sweet spot with Tony and Rhodey, anyway. Robert’s really busy, he’s just had a kid, and if he were to say I need a break for a second, I would not blame him.
So what do you think? Is this the beginning of the end for Downey‘s Stark? Do you think he’s playing hardball or has already declined a new contract?
Source : Bleeding Cool