Both Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans have now starred as Tony Stark/Iron Man and Steve Rogers/Captain America, respectively, in both major and cameo roles in seven films across the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Now that the studio has pitted the pair against each other in Captain America: Civil War, it’s hard to know exactly where the Marvel Cinematic Universe can take the characters. In fact, there have been some quiet whispers that either both or just one of the actors’ tenures as the superheroes is close to coming to an end.
But what do the actors themselves have to say about their future work with Marvel? Well, let’s start with Robert Downey Jr., as it has already been confirmed that the Oscar-nominated actor will be returning as Tony Stark/Iron Man on at least further occasion as he will star opposite Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
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But what about another solo outing for Iron Man? Originally, Robert Downey Jr. insisted that there didn’t seem to be any plans for an Iron Man 4. In fact, USA Today reported back in March that during their set visit of Civil War, Robert Downey Jr. admitted that he believed Captain America: Civil War was actually his Iron Man 4.
“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,” the actor explained before adding that he will reprise his role in the upcoming pair of Avengers: Infinity War films. “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.”
But speaking to Nightline during the ABC show’s own set visit to Captain America: Civil War, Robert Downey Jr. was much more candid and positive about returning for a fourth Iron Man film as he declared, “I feel like I could do one more.”
That will be sensational news to the ears of Marvel, as the Iron Man films have grossed $2.4 billion across the world, and the 2008 blockbuster kick-started the Cinematic Universe.
Meanwhile, Chris Evans admitted to Collider that he is very much up for returning as Steve Rogers/Captain America after Civil War, however, he will leave the final decision for whether he actually does so down to Marvel.
“We’ll see. I know in the comic books that the shield gets passed off,” Chris Evans explained. “And what you do know, more than anything else in this process – meeting fans, experiencing these junkets and people who love the character – the characters is bigger than you and whatever the character needs, whatever Marvel needs for that arc, I’m willing to do. So if that is me passing it off, you pass it off. But if they want to make more, I’m ready.”
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Obviously, we’ll have a clearer indication of Marvel’s plans for both Captain America and Iron Man after the release of Captain America: Civil War, which has just hit cinemas internationally but will open in U.S. cinemas next week.
The fact that Captain America: Civil War introduces Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther proves that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is expanding at an exponential rate. In fact, while there are still no concrete plans for either an Iron Man 4 or Captain America 4, there are origin stories for Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel on the horizon, as well as sequels for Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor, Ant-Man, and The Avengers.
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