'Iron Man 4' news: Robert Downey Jr. may not reprise lead role; Ty Simpkins, Timothy Olyphant, or Leonardo DiCaprio to replace him?

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Rumors have it that Robert Downey Jr. may not reprise his iconic role as the comedic and witty Tony Stark for the touted next installment of Marvel’s “Iron Man 4.”

According to Crossmap, it seems like there is an ongoing dispute between the actor and the studio when it comes to the pay. Some assumptions suggest that Downey Jr. is asking for additional $50 million on top of the reportedly $80 million he received for the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Other reports claim that instead of a fixed figure, he may be asking for a cut in the pie when the film is release to the big screen, opting for a percentage of earnings if he does don his iron suit.

The report added that if the two parties do not come into a favorable agreement, Marvel may cast another actor to play as Iron Man with Ty Simpkins, as one of the names being tossed around the rumor mill.

Viewers may remember him as his unplanned pseudo sidekick named Harley Keener in “Iron Man 3,” when Tony broke into a garage in the middle of nowhere, in a desperate attempt to recharge his suit. He convinced the kid to give him his computer and make the garage his own little workshop.

When Keener found out who he really is, he kept it as a secret. Although reluctant at first, Stark made him his assistant. With the little kid’s help, the superhero was able to infiltrate the supposed hideout of the movie’s villain. As an exchange, Stark built his helper his own lab complete with some of the latest technology.

Meanwhile, there are also hearsays that Timothy Olyphant from “Hitman” or Leonardo DiCarprio from “The Revenant” may be the one who will bring the playboy billionaire persona back to the silver screen.

What may have added to the assumption is that the two have played roles with cocky personalities before, which is deemed similar to Stark.

Although, it remains to be seen if this comes into fruition, it is believed that Marvel may have a hard time following the success of the franchise with Downey Jr. as the lead if they will replace him.