'Iron Man 4' movie news: Movie's narrative more difficult to create given Marvel's complex storylines

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One would assume that if Marvel Studios lays out a plethora of movies ramping up their production from two flicks a year to three, fans would somehow forget about the “Iron Man 4” discussion. Unfortunately, the commotion proves to be persistent and it will presumably last until the studio officially confirms the project.

What is interesting to note is that there is a plethora of Tony Stark developments happening not only in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but also in the comic books. As such, there are a lot of possibilities for the character. Robert Downey Jr. (RDJ), the actor who plays the iconic role, appears to be game with the idea and Marvel Studios would be crazy not to take advantage of the opportunity that could land them over a billion in sales, much like “Iron Man 3.” As of now, it all boils down to the specific timetable for Tony’s fourth standalone movie. It can be remembered that aside from the fake Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) in the most previous installment of the superhero’s franchise, it was also called out for the lack of reference to the other Avengers. By then, the team had already been introduced in their titular film which was released a year before “Iron Man 3.”

Since then, things in the fictional world seems to have become more complicated. The recently released “Captain America: Civil War” was able to make do with the situation by acknowledging the existence of other superheroes without getting derailed from Steve Rogers’s (Chris Evans) story. But since the narrative was just about the argument between Tony and Steve, it was able to fit in the MCU.

On top of that, Marvel has also just announced that instead of “Avengers: Infinity War Part 1” and “Avengers: Infinity War Part 2,” the upcoming ensemble movie will just be “Avengers: Infinity War” leaving its follow-up title-less. Now, this has already been teased by directors Joe and Anthony Russo, who will helm both projects, but the retitling seems to hint that the massive battle between Marvel’s greatest heroes and mad titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) will end in the first film. That gives “Avengers 4” a different narrative to tackle following what takes place in the preceding installment. Instead of what could be a deadlier match happening in “Infinity War” if it remained as a two-parter, the new development presumably lessens the possibility of death for MCU’s pioneer characters, including Tony. This makes a 2020 release date for “Iron Man 4” more feasible, unless the company is thinking of some sort of prequel for the flick.

“Avengers: Infinity War” will hit theaters on May 4, 2018, while the yet to be named “Avengers 4” will roll out a year later on May 3, 2019.