Why There Won't Be An Iron Man 4
Iron Man 4 has to be a no-brainer … right?
The third installment has already made more then $300 million worldwide, and it’s just now opening in the States. Reports have said that the sequel is tracking ahead of Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, and that movie was the highest-grossing film of 2012. Marvel has a crimson-and-gold cash cow grazing in its fields. There’s no way that they’d willingly kill it off by ending the Iron Man franchise, especially while Robert Downey Jr. is still willing to get back into the suit for further adventures. Iron Man 4 is a lock.
Except it isn’t.
While promoting the film this past week, co-stars Don Cheadle and Gwyneth Paltrow each suggested that this could be the end of standalone Iron Man movies. Cheadle went one step further, discussing his hopes for a War Machine spinoff (news that I followed up with pipe dreams for a West Coast Avengers movie … fingers crossed.)
Rhodes and Pepper aren’t pivotal, though. It all comes down to Downey, and he is playing coy. In a GQ article, the actor (who is nearing 50) hints at a time in the near future when he might have to put down the metallic suit. Recently on The Daily Show, Downey admitted that he was “renegotiating” his contract with Marvel (a deal that Variety says expires after Iron Man 3). That probably means he’s angling for a massive payday for The Avengers 2, in which case that could be his final turn in the suit.
What does that mean for Iron Man 4? I think it means it won’t happen. And to explain why, I’m going to have to touch on some major plot points from Iron Man 3 so STOP READING IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN SHANE BLACK’S SEQUEL YET!
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