'Iron Man 4' release date rumors: Film under negotiations? To arrive in 2020?

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Speculations suggest that highly anticipated fourth installment of Marvel’s superhero franchise “Iron Man” may be under negotiations between the studio and the stars who are set to appear in the film.

According to Melty, Robert Downey Jr. who portrays the titular character apparently shared a photo of a meeting with “Spider-Man: Homecoming” actor Tom Holland. They were joined by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, directors Anthony and Joe Russo and producer Jon Favreau. Although the assembly of both the production team and the actors may mean nothing, some believe that it could be a way of teasing a potential “Iron Man 4.”

However, other reports claim that if Marvel’s plan for Phase 3 of their cinematic universe is taken into account, the new iteration appears to have been placed on the back burner.

It is expected that fans will be waiting for a while as the movie is not part of the upcoming films slated for the next few years. Marvel revealed that they only have “Ant-Man and the Wasp” and “Black Panther” for 2018; while “Captain Marvel” makes her debut in 2019.

Marvel’s press release also explained that with Ant-Man’s (Paul Rudd) second adventure coming up, some of the films have shifted their premiere dates, specifically, “Black Panther” moving up to February 16, 2018, and “Captain Marvel” arriving on March 8, 2019. If “Iron Man 4” indeed comes to fruition, it may come out sometime in 2020 as the studio has reserved the dates May 1, July 10 and Nov. 6 for three unannounced projects.

Rumors have it that the delay in the development of the movie stems from the Downey Jr.’s demands as he was supposedly asking for a $50 million increase to reprise his role as the multi-billionaire Tony Stark. Meanwhile, others shared that he later changed his mind and opted for a percentage of the film’s revenue instead since it is predicted to be a blockbuster hit.

Since there is no official statement from either the studio or Downey Jr., available information should be taken with a grain of salt.