How many times a day do you think Robert Downey Jr. is asked if he’s making an Iron Man 4? Fifty times? Three hundred times? He already said that there’s no Iron Man 4 currently in the pipeline at Marvel. Then he jokingly said the only surefire way to get him to make one was to let Mel Gibson direct it. But that wasn’t good enough. “Are you not entertained?” Downey Jr. cried in the version of his life I imagine in my head sometimes, and the crowd roared with disapproval because they wanted—nay, needed, as a man needs oxygen—an Iron Man 4, and would not let him rest until he finally relented and told them unequivocally that it was happening.
The non-stop Robert Downey grilling (Junior) continued even onto the normally upbeat confines of Ellen, where host Ellen DeGeneres asked The Man Who Would Probably Prefer You Stop Calling Him Tony Stark When He’s Out At Dinner Please, Thanks if there would be an Iron Man 4. Here’s what happened next:
The full transcript of this hard-hitting exchange:
Downey: I know there’s gonna be a bunch more Marvel movies, and they have big ideas about how to do it best, and we’re in the middle of negotiations, blah blah blah…
DeGeneres: So yes.
Downey: Okay yes. Yes. <sarcastic smirk>
Downey initially evaded, at which point Ellen said what she wanted to hear and Downey gave the equivalent answer (and shrug) of “Sure, why not?” I imagine if Ellen had asked “So are you going to do Iron Man 4, and in Iron Man 4 can I play the part of the villainous Selfie Monster, who cajoles superheroes into taking pictures with her in order to distract them while her evil minions rob banks?” he would have said the exact same thing.
But too late now! He said “Yes!” You all heard him! So Iron Man 4 is definitely totally unconditionally happening without any doubt whatsoever. Good work Ellen! You are officially the straw that broke the superhero’s back. The poor man could take no more, and he gave in. Yes, he’ll make Iron Man 4. Now please, for the love of God, ask him about anything else.