Robert Downey Jr.’s time as Tony Stark/Iron Man is a big, big question mark after The Avengers 3 - expected to be released some time in May 2019. As things stand, that’s as far as the actor’s contract with Marvel Studios extends, and the actor has gone on the record saying that there are currently no plans for an Iron Man 4. But it’s possible that situation won’t be permanent – at least on Marvel’s end.

As things stand, the biggest roadblock preventing an Iron Man 4 is the history of contract negotiations between Robert Downey Jr. and Marvel – which haven’t really gone the studio’s way in the last few years. The actor is a draw at the box office and he knows it, and that’s what led to him getting a $50 million payday for The Avengers. One can see why the comic book company isn’t in a rush to get back to the conference table with the guy.

But what if there is another way to go with the series? Is it possible that the franchise could find a way to move on naturally without Robert Downey Jr.’s presence? We here at Cinema Blend not only think there’s a chance, but have come up with more than a few avenues that a potential Iron Man 4 could take.

Iron Man 4
1) War Machine Takes Over
James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes, as played by Don Cheadle in Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, and the upcoming The Avengers: Age of Ultron, is not only Tony Stark’s best and closest friend, but he also has more than a little experience piloting an Iron Man-style suit. If Tony Stark isn’t going to do his job as a superhero – either because he can’t or he won’t – there are few better candidates to take up the position than Rhodey.

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