Robert Downey Jr Says Yes to Iron Man 4 If Mel Gibson Directs?

We’ve got two more Avengers movies coming up, maybe even four of them if the rumors are true that they will be split into two parts, but many are still wondering about a fourth Iron Man flick.

As far as we’ve been able to tell, there probably won’t be a fourth Tony Stark installment, but Robert Downey Jr has just told Deadline he’d do it, if Mel Gibson directs. “That would be bananas.” But of course, this was all said facetiously, and we doubt any major Hollywood studio will still touch the guy with a ten foot pole, even though there are some people in the pro Mel Gibson camp. (Deadline, for whatever reason, has been especially Gibson friendly with their reporting.)

As for why he’s not coming back for a fourth Iron Man, Downey says, “To me, it’ comes down to what’s the half-life of people enjoying a character? It’s different on TV, where you expect the longevity over seasons while movies get a two or three year break…But I’m not 42, I’m turning 50 and now I’ll have two small kids instead of one grown one, and eight Team Downey projects with people who are imagining I’m not just spending Warner Bros’ money out of vanity, but that I’m taking it seriously.

David Konow

David Konow has been a writer for far too long. He has written for Deadline, Indiewire, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, The Wrap, Tom's Games, and many others. He has also authored three books: Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and Reel Terror (St Martins).


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