‘Iron Man’ fans, stand down. It seems that despite rumors flying for the past couple of years about whether or not there was going to be a fourth installment in the franchise, during a recent interview with USA Today for ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr. confirmed that it probably will not be happening:
“I don’t think that’s in the cards.”
While it seemed like he was game to play Iron Man for as long as Marvel/Disney wanted him to, it seems there just is no place for another ‘Iron Man’ solo outing, which in a way makes sense as a large arc of the Tony Stark character was completed after his original ‘Iron Man’ trilogy, and everything the character does now is very wrapped up in the Avengers. When speaking about what he would even want to do with the character if another installment came out, Downey Jr. basically stated that is why he signed on for ‘Captain America: Civil War:’
“In a way it’s Cap 3 but for me it’s like my little Iron Man 4. And then it’s back to the thing we all recognize. Everything pulls over to the side of the road when the thunder of an Avengers thing comes through because that’s how it is until it changes. If it changes.”
Which does make sense, despite not having a solo film we have been seeing another Tony Stark arc in the works, which will definitely culminate in ‘Civil War,’ and set him up for whatever role he is going to play in the ‘Infinity Wars’ films. And while it might be fun to have another solo ‘Iron Man’ movie, there are so many other characters Marvel is trying to bring to the screen, and as long as Robert Downey Jr. is game to co-star and cameo in all these films, and basically be the host/ face of the MCU, there really is no need to do another ‘Iron Man’ movie anytime soon.