Joss Whedon sure knows how to make fans sweat because the director of last year’s hit film, The Avengers, had fans doing so for quite sometime when he said that there was a possibility that Robert Downey Jr. would not be returning to the franchise to take on his iconic role as billionaire, superhero, Tony Stark/Iron Man.
Today, we got word that Downey had signed a two-film deal with Marvel/Disney which keeps him inside of Iron Man’s gold and burgundy suit for another two films aka Marvel’s The Avengers 2 and Marvel’s The Avengers 3.
Whedon has also been confirmed to be returning to the franchise as both writer and director for the sequels to 2012’s highest grossing film. As of today, The Avengers which starred Downey, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner has made over $1.5 billion.
Production on the sequel is scheduled to begin in March 2014 and will introduce new characters to the franchise as well as bring back some oldies and goodies like Stark and the rest of his world saving cohorts. By estimation, the sequel should hit theaters by May 1, 2015; a little under three years after the original film debuted.
Downey has been playing Tony Stark since 2008 when the original Iron Man premiered and went on to portray everyone’s favorite narcissists through Iron Man 2 and this year’s Iron Man 3.
Now all we have to do is sit back and wait for The Avengers 2, but that’s okay, all the other sequels to the individual Avengers’ films are coming our way fast. Thor 2: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Solider…