'Iron Man 4' release date, plot, cast news: Mel Gibson open to directing sequel, will 'figure out a way to be different' with it

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Actor and director Mel Gibson recently shared that he may be open to the idea of working behind the camera for a potential fourth installment in Marvel’s superhero franchise “Iron Man.”

Although the studio seems to be keeping quiet on their plan for a possible sequel for the megalomaniac billionaire playboy Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), fans are said to be hoping that his standalone story will continue. It can be recalled that there are three movies in Iron Man’s roster, in addition to two “Avengers” films, a major part in the recent “Captain America: Civil War,” a cameo in the upcoming “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” and two more appearances in the “Avengers” team-up movies to complete Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In the latest issue of Total Film, the “Hacksaw Ridge” director was asked about the possibility of him directing “Iron Man 4,” to which he replied with, “It might be fun. You’d have to figure out a way to be different with that.” What may have prompted the inquiry is Downey’s Jr. previous musings that he could do one more movie if Gibson will be directing it.

According to Digital Spy, this is not the first time that Gibson has been linked to the MCU. Back in May, Gibson revealed that he turned down the part of the Odin in “Thor,” the role that eventually went to Sir Anthony Hopkins. He did not explain the reason why he did not take the part, only saying, “I didn’t do it.”

Last year, following the success of “Iron Man 3” and the end of his previous contract with Marvel, Downey Jr. said that he wanted to retire from the role but he was willing to be part of “Avengers 2” and “Avengers 3.”

If it comes to fruition, Cowen and Company analyst Doug Creutz says that his departure will be costly, “It would be a definite negative for that particular franchise. He is Tony Stark. The other individual franchises Thor, Captain America, Hulk etc., don’t have near the level of box-office potential that Iron Man does,” he explained.