There has been so much talk about the next installment of the Iron Man franchise that we didn’t think the Iron Man 4 release date would ever be revealed! However, it seems we now have a better idea of when to expect Tony Stark and his alter ego to return to the big screen in a stand-alone film. The bad news it, we may have to wait another four years to see it!
Thanks to Robert Downey Jr.’s busy schedule, the Iron Man 4 release date is estimated to be some time in 2020. Funny thing is that Downey Jr.’s schedule is so busy because he’s playing Iron Man in a number of other movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
Aside from making an appearance in this year’s Captain America: Civil War (due out May 6, 2016), Iron Man is also going to be showing up in other Marvel Cinematic Universe films like the highly anticipated The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part II (due out May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019 respectively).
In Captain America: Civil War, Iron Man reunited with Captain America when the latter has a difficult decision to make regarding his loyalties to the Avengers and to his childhood friend Bucky, who was brainwashed into becoming the titular villain in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This time, however, Captain America and Iron Man are playing on opposite sides thanks to a disagreement between the two Avengers regarding a new government-issued rule.
In The Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos, the villain teased in the post-credits scene in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, is the new baddie to be fought off, and the Avengers will be joined by two new members: Black Panther and Captain Marvel. The two-part adventure is sure to rule box offices in 2018 and 2019 and will allow fans to get their fix of Iron Man/Tony Stark while waiting for the next Iron Man stand-alone film.
Speaking of which, Downey Jr., has been sort of quiet about when or even if there will be a fourth installment to the Iron Man franchise, but rumor has it that after we see Iron Man do his part for the Avengers, he’ll be back on his own fighting off more of his own personal villains. Don’t be freaked out when you hear the news that Downey Jr. turned down the role of Iron Man for any future films, because apparently he only did so due to the fact that the next one is likely such a long way away. Plus, the actors’ contracts with Marvel are due to expire soon, and Downey Jr. is likely just being proactive about the possibility of renewing it as well as with his non-Marvel movies roles.
Nevertheless, if you’re waiting for the next Iron Man film to be released, it’ll be a while yet, but at least we can keep ourselves entertained with Captain America: Civil War, which will be out in North America on May 6. Check out the trailer below!