Here is a recipe for cooking up a big-time Marvel movie rumor: Procure a day ending in “y,” top with a beloved star making the interview rounds (interviews need not relate to actual Marvel movies), serve dry.
Iron Man and Avengers star Robert Downey Jr. has been prowling the chat-show and junket circuit to promote The Judge—again, a film that has zero to do with the Marvel Cinematic Universe—and the actor has been consistently barraged with queries about a fourth Iron Man film. At this point, it seems like Downey might be having a little fun with the repetitive questions: He previously said that a fourth film is not in the works, before joking that he could be lured to star in it if Mel Gibson directed the feature, only to eventually concede to Ellen DeGeneres that, okay, sure, yes, they’re making a fourth film.
Last night, Downey hit The Late Show With David Letterman last night, where he was—shockingly enough—asked about the status of Iron Man 4. As has become the norm, Downey’s answer was just slightly different this time around. The actor told Letterman, “There is no script for Iron Man 4, but they do have a plan and I think they’re going to announce it—you know, they’re very secretive about it, Marvel.”
After the patented Marvel tracking device stopped buzzing in his head (we can only assume that’s where that pause came from), Downey addressed the possibility of a direct Iron Man 4, saying, “Just between us, no. But I’m gonna do other stuff with Marvel. I’m still gonna be involved with Marvel and there’s gonna be plenty of fun stuff to happen.”
So, yes, there will be a new Iron Man stuff from Marvel (Maybe? Probably?), but it’s not going to be a Robert Downey Jr.-starring Iron Man 4. The guy certainly has plenty of suits to pass on to possible successors (anyone know what that cute kid from Iron Man 3 is up to?), and Marvel has more than enough storylines to mine for new material.
But what about that “other stuff” Downey vows to do with Marvel? Here’s a good idea: Cast the guy as Doctor Strange, step back, and let the Internet explode. Downey is already the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Hype Machine, and he’d look pretty kicky in a cape.