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Robert Downey Jr. will be back as everyone's favorite canned ham, Tony Stark, in Iron Man 3 this summer and in Avengers 2 in 2015. And now fans believe he will also pop up in next year's Guardians of the Galaxy movie (a theory bolstered by a new storyline in the pages of Marvel Comics). Clearly, Downey's live-wire superhero is an essential dynamo for Marvel Studios — but how long until Marvel's parent company, Disney, plugs him into live-action movies across the corporate portfolio? To help out (or, really, to make matters worse) we've come up with some playful suggestions...
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Pirates of the Caribbean: The Wrath of the Cast-Iron Castaway
Johnny Depp's swishy swashbuckler is Disney's greatest live-action icon since Mary Poppins — and the only contemporary movie hero who can match Downey's Iron Man in scoundrel charisma. This is a story of dark magic and a quest for a magic talisman but, really, who even needs a plot when you have a poster that shows Iron Man with a parrot and a patch?
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This family adventure puts the pedal down on adventure and begins with Tony Stark discovering a very special vintage Volkswagen in one of his father's old workshops. A strange lightning storm leads to a Freaky Friday personality swap and hijinks ensues! Along the way Stark learns that life in the fast lane has left his fragile heart in need of a tune-up form the Love Bug!
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Disney's The Rocketeer was ahead of its time when it hit theaters in 1991, but now the WWII-era character gets another chance. The year is 1943 and the Red Skull's Cosmic Cube opens a rift in time — snatching Tony Stark from the future. To get home the time-lost hero needs help from the Rocketeer — and a special shield-slinging surprise guest star!
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Star Command: Enter the Iron Man!
Buzz Lightyear and Iron Man are both champs of the toy aisle and don't underestimate the power of retail when it comes to Disney movie choices — or have you already forgotten about Cars 2?
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An Armored Avenger in King Arthur's Court
Disney loves Arthurian legend (The Sword in the Stone and A Knight in Camelot) and in this intense adventure it's high-tech armor versus Medieval magic as Loki gets revenge on Tony Stark by casting him back in time to be a square peg in the round-table era.
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Stark Enterprises loses $12 billion in a mysterious hacking attack that also kidnaps Jarvis. The trail leads to...The Grid! Stark risks his life to download his presence into the inner space last visited in Tron: Legacy and his search for answers leads to an unexpected mystery: What is the dark connection between Obadiah Stane and Kevin Flynn?
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The Iron Woodsman
Tony Stark's business trip to the Midwest takes a surreal turn when a freakish tornado drops Iron Man in a land called Oz. Once there Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) finds a slippery Wizard (James Franco) and strange sense of déjà vu thanks to his own previous screen tests.
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The Secret of the Sith
This stand-alone Star Wars film finds Darth Vader on his first mission — exploring a wormhole on the edge of Imperial space. Pulled inside, the young Sith's ship and armor are badly damaged and he may die on a strange planet called Earth — unless a human named Tony Stark agrees to give his help — and his trust — to this dark visitor who has traveled across time and space.