‘Iron Man 4’ Likely to Be Recasted If and When It Gets the Green Light from Marvel Studios, Critics Note

Robert Downey Jr. will be reprising his Tony Stark and Iron Man role in at least three more movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), one for each year beginning next year.

Iron Man will be appearing in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” to hit theaters in July next year. He will also be appearing in “Avengers: Infinity War Part 1” to be shown in 2018, and also in “Avengers: Infinity War Part 2” in 2019.

There are three mystery Marvel movies in 2020 and the rumors are saying that one of those three could be “Iron Man 4.” That speculation would become more or less become concrete towards the end of next year or early in 2018.

But there are also reports saying that it is possible that there could be an “Iron Man 4” sometime in 2020 or beyond but it shall no longer be Robert Downey Jr. who shall take on the role of Iron Man and Tony Stark.

It was actually alluded to by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige when he said recently that the iconic roles may be recast because actors get old. He cited in particular several iconic roles including James Bond, Batman, Spider-Man, and also Iron Man, which he said can be portrayed by different actors someday, notes Game & Guide.

But he seems to have put his foot on the brake on his statement when he also said that the good news is that he does not have to think about that for a long time, which means that Robert Downey Jr. will still be Iron Man and Tony Stark until 2019 which is still a good three more years.

Beyond 2020 and possibly in “Iron Man 4,” Feige is already non-committal. But what seems clear is that Marvel Studios is open to the idea that iconic roles can be passed on to different actors and that there is no such thing called monopoly in iconic roles.

The best of MCU

After 14 films, critics and fans are saying that the best movie in the MCU since it started in 2008 was “Captain America: Civil War” shown in May this year.

Fans really enjoyed the showdown between Captain America/Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans, and Iron Man/Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., details the Cheat Sheet.

“Captain America: Civil War” actually kicks off the build up to the two-part “Avengers: Infinity War,” serving as the first installment to the 10-film Phase 3 of the MCU.

Beyond that point in 2019, the future of the Marvel heroes remains unknown, though rumors have continued to persist that Downey could very well suit up for “Iron Man 4.”

While “Iron Man 4” would undoubtedly become a huge hit notwithstanding that its predecessor is the only solo MCU effort to earn more than $1 billion worldwide, taking on a fourth solo adventure for Tony Stark could prove to be the jump-the-shark move that ultimately signals a lack of imagination for the MCU.

A ‘trilogies only’ rule

Thus far, the MCU has established an unspoken “trilogies only” rule that has enabled the shared universe to adapt and change, wherein more established heroes like Iron Man and now Captan America graduate out of their own solo trilogies into supporting roles and ensemble films.

Downey’s Tony Stark has already done just that, as he appears in a major role in the third and final “Captain America” film and has already been announced as part of the cast for next year’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

Iron Man 4

Putting a finite end point on each hero’s solo franchise allows the filmmakers to craft a standalone arc that develops over the course of three films, applying the same narrative cohesiveness to the trilogies that Christopher Nolan brought to his “Batman” films.

It is not clear whether there will be a Phase 4 of the MCU or no longer but if there will be none, then “Iron Man 4” seems unlikely.

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