Robert Downey, Jr. has turned down the role of Iron Man in the franchise’s fourth installment to star in Captain America: Civil War along with Chris Evans.
Downey, who turns 50 this year, told Venture Capital Post there were no plans for a fourth Iron Man movie, nor were there any scripts although he does plan to be involved in upcoming Marvel films.
“Just between us, no. But I’m gonna do other stuff with Marvel. I’m still gonna be involved with Marvel.”
Downey already has commitments to star in other Marvel films in the coming years and the aging star has said he wants to be spend more time with his family.
If and when there is a fourth Iron Man movie it will probably star Ty Simpkins, according to rumors circulating around Hollywood. Simpkins played the boy, Harley Keener, in the last Iron Man movie.
The studio is contemplating a prequel to Iron Man and Simpkins will be old enough to play a young Tony Stark, the Inquisitr reported.
For the moment, Downey told Collider, he was looking forward to starring in the third Captain America movie opposite Chris Evans.
“They said to me, ‘If we have you, we can do this, or Cap 3 has to be something else.’ It’s nice to feel needed. And at this point it’s about helping each other, too. I look at it as a competition and I go, ‘Wow, maybe if these two franchises teamed up and I can take even a lesser position, with people I like and directors I respect, maybe we can keep things bumping along.'”
Rumors concerning the next Iron Man movie continue to abound, however, as Downey recently went on the Ellen Degeneres Show and said there would be a fourth movie only to withdraw his comments later.
That appearance set the internet aflame lately with rumors of a fourth Iron Man movie along with a possible cameo by Robert Downey as he hands off the torch.
The next Marvel movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron is due to hit theaters in the U.K. April 23 and in America on May 1.
The movie stars Robert Downey as Iron Man, along with the other Avengers: Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and Anthony Mackie as Falcon.
Trailers for the movie came out Thursday morning and boast a 60 second action sequence.
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