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Although Tony Stark continues to play an important role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s been a while since we’ve seen him go on a solo adventure. Iron Man 3 came out in 2013, and since then there’s been no indication that Iron Man 4 is on the way. Tony will next been seen in Captain America: Civil War, essentially co-starring alongside Steve Rogers, but if the tables were turned, actor Chris Evans would jump at the opportunity to be in a fourth Iron Man adventure.
While remembering a moment when the Captain America: Civil War cameras were shooting over Robert Downey Jr’s shoulder to get his perspective, Evans admitted to EW that he wouldn’t mind costarring in Iron Man 4 if it becomes a reality, since the Marvel heroes are already sharing the screen quite a bit these days. He said:
I’d be happy to be in an Iron Man movie. We've been in so many movies together, the titles are almost, at this point, inconsequential. We all win!
Evans certainly has the right frame of mind when it comes to the titles. As the MCU has moved forward, there have been more opportunities to pair different heroes together, and now it’s no longer just possible through cameos and the Avengers movies. Black Widow and James Rhodes as War Machine debuted in Iron Man 2, Steve Rogers teamed up with the former Russian spy and Falcon in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Hulk will join forces with Thor in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok. In regards to Iron Man 4, it would be cool to see Steve and Tony team up again as buddies (and with no other heroes around) to track down the real Mandarin that’s still lurking in a dark corner. However, at this point the chances of this happening in an Iron Man 4 movie look slim.
Shortly before Robert Downey Jr’s involvement in Captain America: Civil War was reported last year, the actor made it sound like Iron Man 4 was a possibility, but later backtracked and said there were no plans to make it. Both Downey and Evans will share the screen again in the Avengers: Infinity War movies, but Downey may not want to continue playing Tony, leaving Marvel to either retire the character or recast him. As for Chris Evans, although he has expressed interest in playing Captain America for as long as possible, it’s still unclear whether he’ll stick around post-Phase Three or if the shield will be passed to someone else.
While the chances of the Star Spangled Avenger hopping into an Iron Man movie are just a dream at thispoint, in the meantime fans can look forward to the two heroes going at it following the passing of the Sokovia Accords when Captain America: Civil War arrives in theaters on May 6, 2016.