As part of his four picture deal with Marvel Studios, Robert Downey Jr. is appearing as Tony Stark in “The Avengers” motion picture, as well as reprising his starring role as the larger-than-life leading character in “Iron Man 2.” Jon Favreau will return to direct the sequel to the blockbuster “Iron Man,” which to date has grossed over $578 million worldwide, as well as executive produce “The Avengers.”
In addition, Don Cheadle, who just signed on as the role of Rhodey/War Machine, will also appear in THE AVENGERS. Burning question: who will play Spider-Woman and the Two-Gun Kid?
A careful reading of the above reveals that Robert Downey Jr. has really decided to make his Marvel. He has a FOUR PICTURE DEAL with them, which spells IRON MAN 3.
Given the sizable haul, Marvel needed to lock down Downey for future pics. Thesp’s been filling up his dance card with projects. He’s currently lensing Warner Bros.’ “Sherlock Holmes,” which could also turn into a new franchise for Downey. Either way, deals put Downey front and center in a major tentpole each year through 2012.
Marvel will self-finance and produce its upcoming slate with Paramount distribbing the pics.