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Robert Downey Jr. open to returning for ‘Iron Man 4’

By From page B2 | July 25, 2014

Robert Downey Jr. may not be hanging up his Iron Man suit anytime soon.

The A-list star recently told Entertainment Weekly that he would consider making a fourth “Iron Man” movie, depending on what Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures can come up with.

“It’s down to Kevin (Feige, Marvel Studios president) and Ike (Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel Entertainment) and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that’s on us to agree or disagree,” Downey said. “When things are going great, there’s a lot of agreement.”

Downey helped kick-start the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the first “Iron Man” movie back in 2008 and followed it up with two direct sequels and the superhero team-up “The Avengers.” Those four movies have grossed an eye-popping $3.9 billion and made Downey the highest-paid actor in Hollywood.

While Downey is set to don the hero’s armor again in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and a third “Avengers” film, he has yet to commit to anything beyond that.

According to the EW interview, though, Downey likes being box-office champ. “It’s that thing of: Why give up the belt when it feels like you can barely get jabbed?” he said, adding the caveat, “Most people are saying that right when they get knocked out.”

Feige, meanwhile, was recently asked about the prospect of Downey suiting up for “Iron Man 4.” He told Collider, “Anything’s a possibility. Who the heck knows? We have a lot of work to go to finish ‘Avengers 2.’ We have a lot of work for whatever ‘Avengers 3’ is, that’s all folks need to know. Who knows what happens after that.”

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