Fans have spent years wondering just how many films Robert Downey Jr. will wind up doing with Marvel Studios. While the actor is certainly a main attraction in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he is also a massively expensive addition to any feature film project. So how many will it be? It turns out that the star has a little bit of insight on that question.

Recently attending a BAFTA event, Robert Downey Jr. was asked by Entertainment Weeklyhow many movies he expects to do with Marvel before his time is done, and the actor's response was an interesting one. Without giving a specific number answer, he told the reporter,
"You know, it may verge on double digits. But it will probably wind up being a little shy."

Let's take this little opportunity to do a little counting, shall we? If we're only counting starring roles, we have so far seen three Iron Man movies, as well as one Avengers film, totaling four. He is obviously in Joss Whedon's The Avengers: Age of Ultron, bringing the total up to five, and it was revealed last week that he has agreed to co-star in 2016's Captain America: Civil War - making the total six. There is also the likelihood that he will be in both parts of The Avengers: Infinity War, which makes the total either seven or eight depending on how the contract works. If you include Robert Downey Jr.'s cameo in The Incredible Hulk, that means that the actor's total number of films could be nine by the time 2019 rolls around.

If The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 is indeed counted as Robert Downey Jr.'s ninth Marvel Studios film (or even his seventh or his eighth), that fits his above declaration exactly - but does that mean that it will wind up being the actor's last performance as Tony Stark? We all know that the comic book movie company can't be eager to renegotiate with him, as it has been reveled that he got paid a cool $50 million for his part in Avengers (plus it's been reported that his deal for Captain America: Civil War includes $40 million and potential back-end money if the film outperforms Captain America: The Winter Soldier). That being said, none of us expected him to be in Captain America 3 either, so who knows what the future will hold.

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