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Everyone’s favorite sarcastic, blueberry munching, iron-clad hero has been played by Robert Downey Jr. for six action-packed years. Could he now be throwing in the towel and walking away from the Iron Man series?
Downey Jr., the world’s highest paid actor, has been circling around the States to promote his newest film, The Judge. While on David Letterman’s Late Show, the two started on the topic of Iron Man. Said Downey Jr. of Marvel: “They do have a plan, and I think they’re going to announce — they’re very secretive about it.” After being pressured a bit more on the subject of Iron Man 4, he relented with, “Just between us, no — but I’m going to do other stuff with Marvel. I’m still going to be involved with Marvel and there’s going to be plenty of other fun stuff.”
However, this directly contradicts what he said on The Ellen Degeneres Show, less than 24 hours prior to his appearance on The Late Show.
Downey Jr.’s career with Marvel has been a smooth ride; the actor quickly grew into a fan favorite and could easily be said to be the cornerstone of Iron Man‘s success. With all three Iron Man movies receiving highly-rated critiques from reviewers, it seems highly unlikely that Downey Jr. would actually go through with a recast of his main role.
It could be that he’s just looking for more money before officially signing the deal for Iron Man 4, but that seems unlikely considering the immense wage he’s already receiving. The contradiction might be a reevaluation of Downey Jr.’s reception, but that seems even more preposterous in light of his accomplishments regarding the Iron Man series.
Another theory is that the actor’s stunt is nothing more than a plot to generate further interest in Iron Man 4. I mean, I don’t think that’s necessary, considering the sheer popularity of the series. However, Downey Jr. might be hoping to raise the 73% and 78% approval ratings from Iron Man 2 and 3 respectively. It may seem rather coy to suggest that he won’t appear in the movie, and end up keeping the role, but the interest generated might be worth it when the box office records show.
It’s in this way that Downey Jr. reflects off the character he’s so well-known for: whatever the situation, he always manages to bring the spotlight down on himself. Hopefully, fans will be able to count on Downey Jr. clarifying whether or not he’s going to reappear in Iron Man 4, because no one else can quite pull off Tony Stark’s sarcasm as Robert Downey Jr. can.