A few weeks ago, we wondered aloud how it would be possible for Marvel Studios to move forward with Iron Man 4 even without the involvement of Robert Downey Jr., but it turns out that glitch may no longer exist. The actor has said in an interview that there are on-going discussions about a possible third Iron Man sequel, and while we don’t have any further details beyond that, it is obviously a very interesting possibility. And the big question, of course, is, "What would the movie be about?"

Both gazing into our crystal balls to look at the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also back at the history of Iron Man comics, we’ve come up with three possible plot directions that Marvel Studios may want to go with the potential Iron Man 4. Read through our ideas, and tell us what you’d like to see happen in the comments section!

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Demon In A Bottle
"Demon In A Bottle" is perhaps the most famous arc in the history of Iron Man comics, so it should be no surprise that there has been a good amount of talk over the years about adapting as a feature film for the big screen franchise. The story, which follows Tony Stark as he nosedives into alcoholism, is a powerful one that brilliantly humanizes the larger-than-life character and confronts big issues in a serious way. And it could potentially be a fitting follow-up to the events that unfold in The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

As we learned this past summer, the Joss Whedon-written and directed film will find Iron Man accidentally creating one of the most vicious, unstoppable threats the world has ever seen in Ultron – and while The Avengers may be able to stop the robotic menace, one could see how the events that unfold would make Tony Stark start hitting the bottle hard. The trick here would be finding a way to make the alcoholism play differently in the plot than PTSD did in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3, but that shouldn’t be a difficult task at all in the hands of competent filmmakers.

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