By Ed Sum
Yes, Tony Stark will be back. Marvel Entertainment has confirmed that the tough salary negotiations are over. Actor Robert Downey Jr. will continue playing the multi-billionaire playboy industrialist character for two more Avengers sequels. Nothing has been revealed as to whether or not his contract includes more Iron Man films, and fans can only hope.
At least they can breathe a collective sigh of relief because no other actor can replace Stark. And to even try may well cast doom for the entire Marvel movie universe. Unlike Doctor Doom, a man behind the mask, this character really needs a face, and the charm that only Downey Jr. can instill into the character.
This actor will no doubt be just like his character soon. If the numbers are any indication, he has collected $80 million in total for both Avengers and Iron Man 3. While star power really shines for certain comic book products, hopefully that does not mean a loss in quality for future movies to come that are banking on good names to play one of Marvel Comics’ seminal characters.
The sequel for the next Avengers movie is slated to open in theatres Mar 2015.