March 2, 2013
Shane Black Also Hints At IRON MAN 4 And IRON MAN 5
Kevin Feige and Robert Downey Jr. slightly drop hints that post-Avengers 2 plans could include Iron Man 4 and Iron Man 5. Even though there has been hyped-up talk of replacing Robert Downey Jr. as Stark (comparing the Iron Man role to Bond). Another person involved with the Iron Man franchise is hinting that more installments with Robert in the lead are a serious possibility. Director and co-writer Shane Black has spoke to Premiere (via CBM) that he's hopeful that Robert will be back for the fourth and fifth installment. Giving the impression that Iron Man 3 is the end of a trilogy, allowing new films to be their own thing.
“I have the feeling that the story that we have developed for Iron Man 3 actually concluded a trilogy, while [also] leaving the door open to a fourth. I had a lot of discussions on this subject: "Is that it is the last Iron Man for Robert? " . Something tells me that it will not be the case, and will be seen in a fourth, or fifth ... But I can be a little excited.”
RDJ is back for Avengers 2 but beyond that other films haven't been announced or even confirmed by Marvel. Rumblings of a connection with Guardians of The Galaxy could see Stark leave Earth for some cosmic adventures. There are plenty of alien enemies that Stark could go up against. Not to mention a couple of staple ones that haven't been revealed in the films just yet. They include Ghost, Madame Masque (Whitney Frost), Roxxon, Grey Gargoyle, Count Nefaria (father of Frost), Crimson Dynamo, Ezekiel Stane (Obadiah Stane's son), Gregory Stark (Tony's older brother) and many more. Plenty enough villains to push the franchise forward with a few more films. It all comes down to the box office numbers of Iron Man 3 along with being better received by fans and audiences than the last solo adventure. If it's another massive success like Avengers, it's sure thing we'll see more of RDJ as Stark.