Robert Downey Jr. Signs on For ‘Avengers 2’ and ‘Avengers 3’

Robert Downey Jr. Signs on For

After weeks of speculation, Robert Downey Jr. has ironed out his contract with Marvel and agreed to star the next installments of the “Avengers” franchise.

Marvel made the announcement on their website Thursday.

While Downey Jr. has agreed to more “Avengers” action, the new deal does not mention a fourth “Iron Man” film.

The 48 year-old actor had hinted in numerous interviews, including a recent segment on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” that his days of playing Tony Stark were over.

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Downey’s deal, negotiated by CAA, comes on the heels of “Iron Man 3’s” magnetic performance at the worldwide box office. Disney’s 3D blockbuster is already the fifth highest-grossing movie of all-time with a giant $1.2 billion across the globe.

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Joss Whedon, director of “The Avengers,” recently said in an interview that he had no intention of making a sequel to the without the Oscar-nominated actor.

“He is Iron Man,” Whedon said. “He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond.”

Produced by Marvel’s Kevin Feige, “The Avengers 2” arrives in theaters May 1, 2015.

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  1. Sunny says:

    I get he is not keen on doing another Iron Man movie. IM3 was not a good movie and everything I loved about the first (great character scenes, funny and clever story) was stripped out of IM3. Even IM2 had better character scenes. If Marvel wants to go down the pedestrian Bond movie route, Iron Man/Tony Stark wont be an interesting character anymore.
    Also in Avengers he has to work a lot less and doesn’t have to carry the load all by himself, with all the multiple characters in Avengers (and maybe new interesting characters) they can also keep the story fresh.
    I will miss the Pepper Potts/Tony Stark scenes though, they were always the best and funniest in IM and IM2. Maybe RDJ can convince Joss Whedon to write her into the storyline – and get Jon Favreau to direct them, because nobody can direct (or let them be) a Pepperony scene better than Jon Favreau.

  2. julia says:

    will harley keener be in the avengers 2 and 3?

  3. Julian Maurice says:

    YOoooo Robert Downey Jr. Is ma Man i dont want him to stop actin the Iron man he does it sooo Freakin awesomely well.

  4. Max says:


  5. Madeleine says:

    Woo. I love Robert Downey jr. Hopefully they do more iron man movies. Cause he’s just amazing at playing the character. And I can’t wait for the 2nd Avengers movie :D

  6. SLEY SAMPSON says:

    Absolutely right, Mr. Whedon! Robert Downey, Jr. IS Iron Man. There can be no Avengers film without him, either Tony Stark or Robert Downey, Jr. to play him. I am (as a film fan) ecstatic to learn that as far as Iron Man is concerned those two films shall be as they should. Some may see it as a shame that there MIGHT NOT be anymore stand-alone Iron Man films, but six films as Tony Stark (seven if you count The Incredible Hulk) is more than we could’ve hoped for! Thank you, RDJ + God bless!

  7. Downey is great as Stark, but Iron Man will go on without him despite the rants in these comments.
    Bond was a success with multiple actors….. Christopher Reeve once said…
    “Every Generation has its own Superman…” Well, you can add Iron Man to that list, every generation will have it’s own Iron Man. Life goes on….

  8. Patrick says:

    This is *GREAT* news! I only hope that the other actors can all reach agreements as well. While I’m sure that even the lowest paid member with ‘face-time’ in the final battle got a check that’s nothing to sneeze @, the only person who didn’t and is needed is Whedon! MARVEL STUDIOS needs to take lessons from Spidey 3 and X: THE LAST STAND. Don’t rush things and keep both the talent (All the lead-in stars,ScarJo and even Renner are ‘names’ now) and fans happy (similar but “more ME”) and …BRING BACK COULSON!

  9. Cliffhanger77 says:

    I would like to find out, though, if that (sorry, name of rival news outlet coming up) Deadline story about the other Avengers actors’ salaries being tied in to RDJ’s (reportedly because RDJ was concerned that some of them made so little off the first movie) is true. Any way to find out, Variety?

  10. Cliffhanger77 says:

    Glad it’s confirmed that he’s back — without RDJ those movies would have probably still been hits, but not by any means blockbusters (plus the ire of the fans would have sunk them pretty quickly). He is one of a kind and NO ONE could play Tony Stark the way he does. You can always get a new James Bond — you can never replace Downey as Tony Stark. Here’s hoping there’s a fourth Iron Man movie down the line, too — the movies have still not explored much of the Tony Stark mythos, and while IM3 left him in a good place, it also leaves the door open for the brunt of the Extremis storyline, in which Tony infects himself with the Extremis virus in order to generate armor from his own body (which is what IM3 and all the armor experiments seemed to be leading up to). And that leads to the whole fascinating storyline of a man being taken over by technology, which has always been the push-pull of the Iron Man mythology.

  11. ILDC says:

    But Sean Connery is no longer James Bond.

  12. 3dpenguin says:

    I wonder if he got his way with the whole fair pay for the other main cast members, which was likely the only reason why he was holding out, because it is unlikely they would have cut his pay any seeing that if they did that these movies likely wouldn’t be made at all because then the union would get involved.

  13. George Valentin says:

    The money for signing the contract was not revealed. I think it’s a given that the movie patrons will be paying higher prices for the next two AVENGERS installments.

    • the cost of a movie ticket is the cost of a movie ticket…..they do not charge you different prices per movie, its all the same……so there is no way that it is going to make patrons pay a higher price……there would be an uproar and boycotting if theaters charged differently for each movie

    • sherlock jr says:

      Id imagine Downey signed a contract for a cut of the final gross of the films, a little like Tom cruise does, they take a much smaller if any pay for making the movie and get a percentage of the takings Instead

      • ButtMonsters says:

        Shït, after cutting that same type of deal for Avengers and him getting $50+ million I bet Disney won’t do that again.

  14. Michelle says:

    Can’t wait to see them , out of Sherlock Holmes , and Iron Man I bet seeing Avengers 2 & 3 will be as good or better with all of the other Stars in it … Looking forward in seeing it …

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