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article imageRobert Downey Jr. backtracks on ‘Iron Man 4’

By Sarah Gopaul     Oct 8, 2014 in Entertainment
Within hours of loosely confirming the production of ‘Iron Man 4’ on one talk show, Robert Downey Jr. withdrew his statement on another.
It all started with the star’s appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday. Robert Downey Jr. is currently on a media tour, promoting his upcoming drama, The Judge. But in spite of the actor’s step back from the superhero genre, all that’s on everyone’s mind is when will Tony Stark be back in his own movie?
DeGeneres asked the question point blank, “Will there be a fourth Iron Man?” Downey Jr. responded with the expected wishy-washy, “I know there’s going to be a bunch more Marvel movies…” Of course the character will return for Avengers: Age of Ultron and likely Avengers 3, but that’s not the question. When the talk show host pressed for a more definitive answer, the actor replied with an absolute “Yes.”
Now perhaps Downey Jr. received a call from Marvel between shows, requesting he be a little more tight-lipped about future, unconfirmed projects — because hours later, when he next appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, he was singing a different tune.
Letterman asked when Iron Man 4 would be out and Downey Jr. retracted his previous confirmation like a pro. “There’s no plans for an Iron Man 4,” he answered, which turned into a laugh about the billions the franchise has grossed and why Marvel would even hesitate to commit to a new film. Letterman pushed a little more and the actor responded, “There’s no script for Iron Man 4, but [Marvel does] have a plan and I think they’re going to announce it — you know, they’re very secretive about it."
The seasoned talk show host wasn’t about to give up. After the commercial break, Letterman commented, “I’m so sorry to hear about Iron Man [audience laughter] … they just couldn’t get that together you said?” “Yeah,” chuckled Downey Jr. “There’ll be other stuff,” he added in consolation.
In the meantime, The Judge, also starring Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga and Billy Bob Thornton, opens Friday.
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