Just call him Tony Snark.
After Robert Downey Jr. taped his appearance on Ellen yesterday (above), in which he said, “OK, Yes” about Iron Man 4 and talked about being “in negotiations” with Marvel Studios on future appearances (the full episode doesn’t air until Thursday), he then went on The Late Show with David Letterman, and directly contradicted himself.
So here’s the latest series of quotes to piece together.
”So what about the Iron Man 4? When will that be out?” Dave asked. “There’s no plans for an Iron Man 4, but there’s…” RDJ replied. Dave interrupted, “Why not?” and Downey said, “That’s a valid question.” He went on to say, “There’s no script for Iron Man 4, but they do have a plan, and I think they’re going to announce it, they are very secretive about it.”
Later in the show, Letterman came back to it and said, “I’m so sorry to hear about Iron Man, they just couldn’t get it together?” And Downey said, “There will be other stuff.” When pressed a little further, he said, “No, but I’m going to do other stuff with Marvel. I’m still going to be involved with Marvel and there’s plenty of fun stuff to happen.”
Now, we don’t want to toot the Newsarama horn too much, but that statement sure could fit our crazy theory about Avengers: Age of Ultron and what happens to Tony Stark in it.
Downey, in-between talk show appearances, also did an AMA on Reddit, where he talked a bit more about his future with Marvel Studios. He mentioned that he’d be willing to, and even would like to do a guest appearance on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. but that there’s “a fair amount of red tape involved.” As for his one-off remark about doing more Iron Man if Mel Gibson directed? Downey says, “It was an offhanded remark to a journalist and friend. I have other projects in mind for Mel and I - sooner than later the Marvel Roster will be made public and all questions will be answered.”
Of course it was an offhand remark, but the latter half of that fits in nicely to his tease above. “Sooner than later the Marvel Roster will be made public,” coupled with “in negotiations” and “I think they’re going to announce it” all comes together to mean there should be a major Marvel Studios announcement very soon. Realize, too, that these interviews on talk shows are very coached and very pre-prepped. It doesn’t take a huge leap to see Marvel Studios saying to Ellen and Dave, “Yeah, you can ask about Iron Man.”