Shane Black Says RDJ Will Return for Iron Man 4

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For the past several months, Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. has been eluding to the idea that he may be hanging up the armor and moving on from the role, saying as much as just this week. While he’s never come out and said this directly, in numerous interviews in recent months, RDJ has dropped numerous hints, basically stating that he’s getting up there in years and may be getting to old to play the part.

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Iron Man 3, which had it’s London premier this week, is set to hit theaters in just a few weeks. At this premier, writer and direct of the third film in the hugely successful franchise, feels that RDJ isn’t done with the character yet, saying “I think he’ll be back for another one. I’m sure of it.” So, what does this mean? Who knows, to be honest. But we can speculate on a few things.

First, ,this could mean that RDJ has already worked out a deal to return for a potential fourth film. As most folks know, the actor’s contract is up now that Iron Man 3 is pretty much wrapped up, so in order for RDJ to reprise Tony Stark in Avengers 2 and any other future Marvel films, a new contract would have to be set up. Now, this could all be a guess on Black’s part also. The pair have known each other for some time and have worked together in the past. His statement could simply be based on general conversations with the actor or a gut feeling he has.

Regardless, we’ll find out whether or not RDJ will be back for more Tony Stark and I’d guess we’ll learn something sooner rather than later. It was learned recently that Joss Whedon, who has been writing the sequel to the massive hit Avengers, looks to begin filming in February of next year, gearing up for a release in 2015. Iron Man 3 will fly into theaters on May 3rd. Robert Downey Jr, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau all star.

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Source : Independant