"The Avengers" fans rejoice! Robert Downey Jr. has officially signed on to star in the next two "Avengers" films according to Variety.
For a while there, it looked like Downey Jr. would be ditching the iron suit in pursuit of other acting interests. But now, it's official -- the actor will don the suit again. But here's the catch -- no agreement was made for "Iron Man 4."
According to Marvel's website:
Under the two-picture agreement, Downey will star as Tony Stark/Iron Man in “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” and “Marvel’s The Avengers 3.” Downey is represented at CAA by Bryan Lourd, Jim Toth and Matt Leaf and by his attorneys Tom Hansen and Stewart Brookman of the firm Hansen Jacobson.
Downey, Jr.’s last two Marvel films, 2012’s “Marvel’s The Avengers” and this year’s “Iron Man 3,” rank as two of the top five grossing films of all time, collectively earning over $2.7 billion worldwide to date.
“Marvel’s The Avengers 2” is being written and directed by Joss Whedon. Featuring favorites from the first Avengers film and new Marvel characters never before seen on the big screen, “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” is slated to begin production in March 2014 and open in theaters May 1, 2015.
And why won't Downey Jr. return for two more "Avengers?" The actor made around $50 million from the first "Avengers" and he will make even more from "Iron Man 3" after backend is paid, Variety has revealed.
But will other "Avengers" actors fight for more money?