In an interview with Variety, Robert Downey, Jr. has dismissed any rumors that he will return for Iron Man 4.
This really doesn’t come as a surprise, as there is wording in one of the unions that if an actor is cast to play the same character in a movie franchise more than three time, that actor has become typecast, and thus it is much harder for that actor to get jobs in the future. The end result is that the cost to hire that actor for the fourth film skyrockets. Now keep in mind, though there is a Marvel Cinematic Universe, Downey has only been in three Iron Man movies – his appearance as Iron Man in Avengers doesn’t count as Avengers is technically a different property.
There have also been rumors over the last year or so that Marvel/Disney is not pleased that it was already paying Downey a crap tone of money, and if they can find a different actor to play Tony Stark, and save money in the process, we know the studios will go that route in an instant – just ask Terrence Howard.
Those reading the headline from Variety will need to take note that Robert Downey, Jr. isn’t saying there won’t be an iron Man 4, he’s simply saying he won’t be in Iron Man 4. Though I hope Marvel Studios doesn’t reboot the franchise, it does get my mind spinning on who could or would play Tony Stark in the next Iron Man movie.