'Iron Man 4' cast, plot news: Will Robert Downey Jr. take up his role again?

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Ever since Robert Downey Jr. hinted on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” about the possibility of an “Iron Man 4,” numerous speculations have swirled around the Internet.

Downey is still said to be in the middle of negotiations regarding his appearance on the said film, Crossmap reports. 

According to Movie News Guide, the actor made $75 million last year for playing the superhero and is reportedly asking for $100 million for “Iron Man 4.” It’s not surprising since Downey played a huge role in the successful launch of the Marvel films, not to mention the recognition he received for portraying billionaire and playboy Tony Stark.

Another popular theory is that the 50-year-old American actor might be replaced by someone younger  Ty Simpkins, who played Harley Keener, Stark’s sidekick in the third installment in the “Iron Man” films who helped him defeat the Mandarin. Simpkins, 14, would presumably be old enough to play the part by the time “Iron Man 4” comes around. 

Adding fuel to the fire, a report by Movie Pilot details the meaning of one particular deleted scene from the “Ant-Man” film. In the scene, a man is shown to have a tattoo on his neck that resembles the logo of the 10 Rings criminal organization featured in the first “Iron Man” film. This could hint at a possible plot point in “Iron Man 4,” with speculations that the real Mandarin would be the main antagonist. 

Fans were disappointed at the big reveal in “Iron Man 3,” when the Mandarin turned out to be a fake, so a fourth film would give Marvel a chance to rectify this. 

In other cast news, according to Realty Today, should there be another addition to the “Iron Man” franchise, Gwyneth Paltrow is already set to reprise her role as Pepper Potts, Stark Industries CEO and Stark’s love interest. 

In the meantime, fans will have to settle for next year’s “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War” to see Downey as Iron Man.