Robert Downey Jr. Reflects On IRON MAN; Shane Black Hints At Movies Post-IRON MAN 3

Robert Downey Jr. Reflects On IRON MAN; Shane Black Hints At Movies Post-IRON MAN 3

While Robert Downey Jr. looks back on his audition for his first outing as Tony Stark in Iron Man, the director of the third installment shares thoughts on a fourth potential film. Check it out!

In anticipation of his third solo outing as Marvel's Golden Avenger, Robert Downey Jr. has graced the covers of Esquire and French magazine Premiere. Looking back on his audition for the original Iron Man film, which launched Marvel Studios' shared universe, Downey told Esquire that, “I think Iron Man wound up being the first time I screen-tested since Chaplin. As far as I was concerned, it was destiny,” the actor admitted. “Now, I can't tell you how many people are sitting around with the cold, hard evidence that it wasn't. I just wasn't going to let lack of perseverance, lack of preparation, or lack of prayer get in the way. I just went crazy — in a good way. And suddenly it occurred to me, Oh my God, Stan Lee might not know this, but everything he created has all been leading to this moment. It's me. Then I thought, Hold on a second, dude, is this just some sort of neurotic personality meltdown happening here? And then I thought, Nah, that feels different.”

Meanwhile, an excerpt from Premiere reveals thoughts from Iron Man 3 director Shane Black about future installments. “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.”

Recalling when he first approached to helm Iron Man 3, Shane Black continued, “When Marvel hires a director, the script of the film is generally already written. Except that they had someone who is a writer at the base ... This was a problem at first, because they had already hired Drew Pierce to write Iron Man 3. I was like, "But I do not need this Drew Pierce, what's the story?" (laughs) I finally agreed to meet him, and it was immediately heard. Today I am not only a fan of Drew Pierce, but I've also become a friend. He came [to my] home everyday, we asked our leaf and our pencil and brainstorming from morning to night. The script was really written for four hands. Excellent collaboration because they had already hired Drew Pierce to write.”


Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man? Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968. “Iron Man 3” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures & DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing & Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Charles Newirth, Stan Lee & Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film hits May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Marvel Studios will also release “Thor: The Dark World ” on November 8, 2013; “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on April 4, 2014; “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 1, 2014; the sequel to “Marvel's The Avengers” on May 1, 2015; and “Ant-Man” on November 6, 2015!
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superotherside - 3/1/2013, 2:08 PM
Don't know why people think Iron Man films should stop with 3, but I know I don't want it. Now I agree they need to wait a bit but still somewhere down the line I would be happy to see Iron Man grace the screen again.
jerryblake - 3/1/2013, 2:14 PM
he will probably do the 6 iron movies + 3 avengers movies + gotg cameo ... and then he will get old. Shit happens.
marvel72 - 3/1/2013, 2:20 PM
i reckon one more iron man two more avengers & then we might see a new actor.

if marvel did some future shock avengers movie say involving kang,robert downey jr could comeback as an old man stark from the future.
jerryblake - 3/1/2013, 2:21 PM
i just hope it will all end with Civil War. That would be an exciting end for the journey of his character.
95 - 3/1/2013, 2:30 PM
Good point @batz11
jerryblake - 3/1/2013, 2:38 PM

but what if something will go wrong during cloning process ?
And the result will be nothing as e expected ?!

OrgasmicPotatoe - 3/1/2013, 2:51 PM
As long as he keeps wearing the Black Sabbath shirts and AC/DC songs, keep 'em coming ! Hell, have Black Sabbath songs and an AC/D shirt, the possibilities are endless !
Rhinoman - 3/1/2013, 2:54 PM
The way this is woded I have the feeling that Black will be the Whedon of phase 3
billytwohats - 3/1/2013, 2:55 PM
They should've let Shane Black write the Avengers script they opening scene would have been the same as the opening scene in Predator 'Thor: I'm a god damned sexual tyrannosaurus!'
jerryblake - 3/1/2013, 2:59 PM

thank God Whedon rewrite that script.
Zak Penn is a terrible writer.

X3, Electra, FF.

As for The Incredible Hulk - first hour of this movie was watchable only because Norton did a rewrite job.

Behind Enemy Lines - main character was jumping his way threw the mines. LOL
jerryblake - 3/1/2013, 3:02 PM
American Psycho

didn't want to put it that way but yes.

I was more gentle "getting old", you know
PeterParker1991 - 3/1/2013, 3:04 PM
IM3 should conclude the trilogy. Stark needs to return in future Avenger films and it needs to be RDJ. If its not RDJ I won't be in that theatre
dbapz - 3/1/2013, 3:07 PM
Recasting RDJR is blasphemy!
ATrueHero1987 - 3/1/2013, 3:15 PM
Wonder Man for IM4??
TheAbomination - 3/1/2013, 3:16 PM
If they ever decide to do a fourth or fifth Iron Man, they're not gonna replace RDJ. There'd be too much fan backlash.
TheSuperguy - 3/1/2013, 3:30 PM
Hoping phase 3 includes DAREDEVIL. Phase 4 should be the sequels, let's see some new characters!
jerryblake - 3/1/2013, 3:34 PM
Frank Miller should direct Daredevil. Yeah, it would be rated R but still.
jerryblake - 3/1/2013, 3:34 PM
Still hopes he wouldn't do a next Spirit out of it
HumanTorch83 - 3/1/2013, 3:38 PM
I don't understand why you idiots want RDJ to stop making Iron Man movies. (I say idiots in the nicest way possible considering you want to stop one of the few Actors whose character is an amazing life parallel)

Downey keeps going as long as he wants, Marvel will pay him.
Each solo film should be a well thought out story. I can see an Iron Man 5.

Personally I want Marvel to head towards the direction of Nick Fury disappearing, and Maria Hill taking over Shield.... Which eventually leads to Stark taking over Shield.
Tainted87 - 3/1/2013, 3:39 PM
Robert can keep doing Iron Man until he's spotted and translucent. It's not like he has to do a lot of really physically demanding stunts, and with technology advancing the way it is, they could probably just do a mo-cap and paste his face on there, ha!

But yeah, I can't think of anyone else in the role, nor do I want to. When I watch EMH, I want to punch the voice actor for trying to emulate RDJ.... and then I found out that that's how he actually sounds. :/

By the time he gets TOO old to do him, for real, there will be a whole new actor who we've barely heard of, if at ALL, and he'll probably do what Heath Ledger did for the Joker. But I just don't want to think of that.
alecwright - 3/1/2013, 3:45 PM
I didn't know Downey had to audition for IM. Who else auditioned for the role?
HumanTorch83 - 3/1/2013, 3:47 PM
I cringe at the thought of Tom Cruise almost getting the role of Tony Stark. I hope that was a false rumor
Tainted87 - 3/1/2013, 3:49 PM
Tom Cruise was a popular pick for a reason. He IS a good actor, regardless of how much of a douche he may be in his personal life (which has unfortunately become VERY public). But I'm happy with the Downey.
Wallymelon - 3/1/2013, 3:49 PM

IM2 sucked because marvel insisted on making that movie a bridge in the avengers plot. with IM1 marvel had 4 writers and didnt even finish the script until 3/4 into filming it. which is an awful way to make a film, but RDJ brought it all together with his charm. Justin theroux is a good writer and his writing wasnt the flaw of IM2. if he wasnt forced to include the avengers stuff in the film and let it all happen naturally, if they focused on just making a good movie vs a bridge.
AmazingFantasy - 3/1/2013, 3:51 PM
Shane should do Iron Man 4 or Doctor Strange
jerryblake - 3/1/2013, 3:56 PM

as I recall Jeff Bridges said that he didn't even saw the script until first days of shooting. By the next days they where given only the pages of the script with scenes they where actually shooting.

jerryblake - 3/1/2013, 3:57 PM
But I could be wrong about that ...
Inhuman - 3/1/2013, 3:59 PM
I have a feeling this is gonna be the last Iron Man film. RDJ is getting old and you dont want him to overkill the Iron Man character. I think its safer to end the trilogy and have RDJ return in Avengers 2 and 3 and thats it. Let the audience miss Tony Stark and not have him pop up in every movie cause it will get old and tiring. Plus hes going to be expensive so its cheaper in the long run if you just have him return in Avengers 2 and 3. You still have to finish the Thor trilogy, Captain America trilogy, possible Hulk trilogy, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Black Panther, and Heroes For Hire. Thats like 8 movies right there! Iron Man 4 would just get in the way of the MCU expanding
Inhuman - 3/1/2013, 4:01 PM
If you kind of map out Phase 3 theres really no room for more Iron Man films anyways. The consensus list of Phase 3 films everyone seems to agree on is

Planet Hulk
Thor 3
Doctor Strange
Captain America 3
Black Panther
The Avengers 3
SpideyQuad - 3/1/2013, 4:03 PM
We have some trailers coming

Iron Man three
Man of steel
kick ass two
thor 2
and another hobbit
IIIAdamantiumIII - 3/1/2013, 4:04 PM
@SotoJuiceMan EXACTLY! IronMan = Marvel's Bond

I'd love to see more and more and more of IronMan
SpideyQuad - 3/1/2013, 4:04 PM
No planet Hulk, that's been debunked. Have you been hiding under a rock?
ATrueHero1987 - 3/1/2013, 4:06 PM
If Hugh Jackman can play Wolverine 5 times(it's about to be 7) then why not RDJ??

@MARVELPSYCHO79 They could start planning on bringing in the Masters Of Evil. The same line up from EMH=Hell Yes.
Inhuman - 3/1/2013, 4:06 PM
It wasn't debunked by MARVEL STUDIOS which means its still a possibility. It was debunked by a random person with a "source" lol
Inhuman - 3/1/2013, 4:07 PM
@spideyquad, I put Planet Hulk on the list because if they were to do an Incredible Hulk 2, Planet Hulk would be the logical choice for another solo flick for Hulk
NoJobBOB - 3/1/2013, 4:09 PM
No reason they can't do another one. Maybe even 2 or 3 more. Iron Man is a top film for Marvel next to Spider-man.
ATrueHero1987 - 3/1/2013, 4:11 PM
@smartell511 there are other Hulk stories they could do besides Planet Hulk.
Inhuman - 3/1/2013, 4:18 PM
@Marvel87, marvel studios has a hard on for the cosmic side of their universe so a planet hulk film could further explore their cosmic universe. Hulk 2 should be either the leader or planet hulk.
Inhuman - 3/1/2013, 4:20 PM
Planet Hulk would visually be epic and the storyline is well written. Dont see how Planet Hulk would be bad. But this article is about Iron Man so like I said earlier, Iron Man 3 should be the last Iron Man film
ATrueHero1987 - 3/1/2013, 4:27 PM
@smartell511 That may be true but Captain America: Winter Soldier is definitely not a cosmic movie and Ant-Man more than likely won't be either. So there are a few movies that will just take place on Earth.
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