Robert Downey Jr. has quietly confirmed that there will be an Iron Man 4, thus proving once and for all that people in Hollywood actually enjoy making money for some reason. Downey was on Ellen chatting about The Judge, the new movie where he notably doesn’t play Iron Man or Steampunk Detective Iron Man, when the host asked him point blank whether there would be a fourth Iron Man movie.
Downey hemmed, hawed, said that Marvel is planning a whole lot of movies. “We’re in the middle of negotiation,” he explained. Ellen didn’t roll her eyes, but she kind of rolled her eyes. “Okay, yes,” he said.
No other information is available about the movie, and it’s doubtful that Marvel will announce anything official until after the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron. The studio currently has a few open release slots throughout 2017 and 2018–not to mention the possibility that they could announce tomorrow that they’ve decided to release Iron Man 4 on March 25, 2016, just to mess with Warner Bros. The Iron Man movies have generally charted their own path with the character, taking story arcs like “Extremis” or characters like the Mandarin and putting an entirely new spin on them. So the movie probably won’t be called Iron Man: Armor Wars, even though the Shoulderpad Suit deserves the cinematic treatment, and Iron Man probably won’t meet King Arthur, even though that seems like an ideal role for Benedict Cumberbatch or Michael Fassbender or your other favorite British person.
It’s also worth pointing out that Downey merely confirmed there would be an Iron Man 4 but didn’t specifically state he would be in the movie–which could lead a conspiracy theorist to assume that Iron Man 4 will star Don Cheadle’s War Machine.
Or maybe this whole thing has been a long-con build-up to the moment in Avengers: Age of Ultron when Tony Stark bequeaths his armored supersuit to the new Iron Man…also known as Hawkeye! Iron Man 4: Rise of the Iron Archer! What do you think, Renner?