It has been a couple of months now since fans were treated to Robert Downey Jr.’s (RDJ) Tony Stark/Iron Man iteration in “Captain America: Civil War.” Regardless, campaigns for an “Iron Man 4” are still quietly being pushed by superhero aficionados resulting to multiple plot speculations should the movie finally get a green light.
The comic book version of the character, on the other hand, lacks no development with the announcement of the heir apparent to the red and gold suit. A couple of weeks ago, Marvel Comics confirmed that a 15-year-old M.I.T. whiz kid Riri Williams will be taking the baton from Tony Stark in keeping the Iron Man character alive. Seasoned Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis is in charge of the significant story arc for everyone’s “genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” and it is possible that this will also carry over into the movies. The American writer has been known for his racial diversification of characters starting with Miles Morales’ iteration of Spider-Man.
However, as of now, it might still be a risky move to thrust Riri Williams into the spotlight given that she is from the minority race. This is despite the developments like Chadwick Boseman nabbing a solo film with “Black Panther.” Industry people just think that it may be too soon to make a radical change given that RDJ is still a huge part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). And Iron Man continues to be the most popular superhero from their plethora of characters. The suggested move might eventually backfire at Marvel.
Other than the potential flak, everything seems to be laid out perfectly with regard to Tony relegating Iron Man duties to Riri. As seen in “Civil War,” where he delivered a keynote speech and distributed sponsorships in M.I.T., he could have crossed paths with the teenage whiz kid. Furthermore, it can also be a great resolution to his and Pepper Potts’ (Gwyneth Paltrow) ongoing break caused by his inability to give up his suit.
Should all these plot changes actually be in consideration inside of Marvel Studios’ headquarters, it would still be a bit of a wait for fans due to their full slate until 2019. Backtracking to 2014, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has actually stated that if an “Iron Man 4” is in their cards, it would have to be released after 2019. Given that RDJ is still slated to be in 3 more movies until 2019, it is safe to say that he will remain alive until the dust settles in the battle against mad titan, Thanos, in the next “Avengers” films.
Meanwhile, fans can catch the 51-year-old actor as his iconic character in a cameo in next year’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” It will be followed by more prominent role in “Avengers 3” in 2018 and “Avengers 4” in 2019.