Marvel has a full slate of movies to come out from this year until the next four years and while every single confirmed project has been met with so much anticipation from fans, that of Robert Downey Jr’s supposed “Iron Man 4” is arguably one that is still being relentlessly pushed by comic book geeks to finally get a green light on.
Being the godfather of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and one of the most successful franchises in terms of superhero movie genres, it was a no-brainer that geeks are clamoring for more Tony Stark. Over the years since “Iron Man 3” came out in 2013, there has been a steady buzz that a fourth installment will eventually take place. The noise, however, became much more prominent when RDJ joined on board Chris Evans’ “Captain America: Civil War” where he was given enough screen time and story arc to launch a new standalone film.
Stark’s arc throughout the 8 years since the character was brought to life on the big screen has been a notable part of his narrative in “Civil War.” The realization that Steve’s best friend, Bucky (Sebastian Stan) has murdered his parents, the eventual collapse of the Avengers under his nose and the looming absence of Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) in his life can all potentially be the thematic of the fourth and probably final “Iron Man” film. And with the comeback of Jon Favreau in the MCU fold, a reuniting tandem with RDJ only seem fitting given that it was the two of them who launched the ever-expanding universe. However, some reports come back to the actor’s previous statement that he will only do an “Iron Man 4” if good pal, Mel Gibson will be tapped to direct. The two veterans have a long-standing friendship as Gibson has been a huge part of RDJ’s recovery from his substance addiction and eventual stint in prison.
Meanwhile, just earlier this month, Marvel Studios Kevin Feige went down memory lane and recalled that time when they gambled big time on RDJ to play “Iron Man” back in 2008.
“Whatever I say probably can’t do the truth justice. We’re built on his shoulders of that performance of Tony Stark, humanizing the hero outside of the costume, outside of the suit, outside of the superhero name. I love that people use Iron Man and Tony Stark interchangeably,” Feige told Deadline.
It was no secret that a lot of other actors were also considered for the role before it landed on RDJ’s lap including Tom Cruise and even Nicholas Cage. But it eventually came down to which one better fit the comic book persona.
“Robert embodied that and became this icon, as Tony Stark. In a way that, with every casting decision since then, at some point we go, you know, this person’s going to have to do scenes with Robert so we’ve got to make sure they’re great,” he added.
With “Iron Man 4” still unconfirmed, fans of the genius, billionaire, playboy,philanthropist, can still have a dose of him in “Spider-man: Homecoming” (2007) and “Avengers: Infinity Wars” parts 1 (2018) and 2 (2019). “Captain America: Civil War” is still playing in numerous theaters nationwide.