Robert Downey Jr. Is Negotiating for Avengers Sequels; Iron Man 4 Not Mentioned
Earlier tonight, we learned that Marvel is in the midst of what sounds to be a heated battle with the Avengers actors in regards to their contracts for the anticipated sequel. Of course, it all comes down to money, with the group wanting a bigger payday from the notoriously frugal Marvel Studios. The biggest reason behind this sudden push-back from the actors is the fact that RDJ, who is coming off one of the biggest openings ever with Iron Man 3, took home an estimated (and whopping) $70 million paycheck from the first Marvel team-up films. The rest of the cast, however, received a meager $200k -$300k for their work.
One of the biggest questions in the Marvel film universe is whether RDJ will return to play Tony Stark in future films. The popular actor’s current contract comes to a close now that Iron Man 3 has released and we’ve been left in the dark as to whether he’d renegotiate his contract to return.
Tonight, Heat Vision has learned that Downey is indeed in talks to reprise the role of Stark, but there’s a bit of a catch. His negotiations currently involve returning for Avengers 2, which is scheduled for a 2015 release, and Avengers 3, which does not have a release date, but will likely bring Marvel’s Phase 3 to a close in 2017. As it stands now, Iron Man 4 is not being discussed and it is unclear as to whether Downey, who just turned 48, wants to return for a fourth stand-alone film.
Signing him for one or multiple movies won’t be cheap. When Iron Man became a surprise blockbuster, Downey’s CAA reps negotiated a deal to include what sources told THR in 2012 is a slice of Marvel’s first-dollar gross from every movie in which he plays the character. One source pegged that in the 5 percent to 7 percent range
As I mentioned earlier, RDJ’s contract is a costly one and now we know why. Should these talks end with RDJ walking away from the character, it could prove to be quite costly, as Downey is a massive box office draw and replacing him will likely have an effect on the box office take of future Marvel films in which Iron Man is involved. It should be noted that Marvel is not afraid to replace characters and has used the threat in past negotiations with Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Evans.
Be sure to check out the rest of the article here for more information on these ongoing talks. Naturally, we’ll keep you all updated with more news of RDJ’s talks, as well as the other contract negotiations going on within the Marvel film universe.
Source : Heat Vision