Actor Robert Downey Jr., whose fame is articulated to his iconic role as genius billionaire playboy philanthropist, Tony Stark, confirms that there are talks happening within Marvel’s walls to bring back its ” “Iron Man” franchise for a possible fourth installment. Read on for more details on this story.
In an interview with host Ellen DeGeneres in her show “Ellen,” the actor confirmed that there are negotiations within Marvel to extend its “Iron Man” franchise.
“I know there’s gonna be a bunch more of Marvel Movies, and they have big ideas of how to do it best and um, you know we’re in a middle of negotiations bla bla bla – Okay, yes!” Downey reaffirmed Ellen.
Downey has starred in a lot of films gaining critical successes but got his breakthrough for his iconic role as Tony Stark, the titular Iron Man in the 2008 movie of the same name. “Iron Man,” the first installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, opened to an over $98 million weekend in North American territories, ranking no.1 at the box office. In its final run, the pic grossed $585.1 million worldwide, $318.4 million in North America and $266.8 million in other territories.
“Iron Man” received exemplary positive reviews, identified as the “best-reviewed film of the year so far” by Jen Yamato of review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, scoring a 93 percent approval rating for an average rating of 7.6/10 based on 242 reviews. “Iron Man” was selected as one of the ten best films of the year by the American Film Institute and was nominated for numerous accolades including Best Visual Effects and Best Sound Editing at the 81st Academy Awards, nine Saturn Awards, winning the categories for Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director for Favreau and Best Actor for Downey.
“Iron Man” helmer Jon Favreau explained that Downey was the best choice to play the role.
“Downey wasn’t the most obvious choice, but he understood what makes the character tick. He found a lot of his own life experience in Tony Stark,” said Favreau.
Downey and Favreau went on to make an “Iron Man” trilogy — “Iron Man 2,” which earned a worldwide total of $623.9 million, $312.4 million in North America and $311.5 million in other territories, and the final installment “Iron Man 3,” which grossed $409 million in North America and $806.4 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $1.2 billion, becoming the second highest grossing film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe behind Marvel’s “The Avengers.”
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