Here’s the reason Marvel signs actors to long contracts whenever possible. After the success of Iron Man, Robert Downey, Jr.‘s agents worked out a deal with Marvel in which the actor would receive a percentage of the first-day gross for future films. That’s what led him to nabbing between $50m and $75m for The Avengers. Studios hate paying anyone up front like that whenever it can be avoided, and even Downey has laughed about the unusual pay rate he got to play Tony Stark.
Now, after the release of Iron Man 3, Downey has no contract with Marvel. In fact, a few actors have no contract to appear in The Avengers 2, and after the billion-dollar-plus success of the first film, bringing them back together won’t be cheap. Marvel likes cheap, and so actors have begun to master the art of negotiating in public by letting us know that there’s a chance Marvel will make films without them. How’s that going to work out?
Well, Downey is reportedly in talks for two more Avengers films, but there’s no plan set in stone just yet, and no public talk of Iron Man 4. Read More »
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Much like Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow‘s contract with Marvel ends with next week’s Iron Man 3. Everyone assumes Downey will be back for at least The Avengers 2, and probably Iron Man 4, but nothing is set in stone. Now Paltrow has put those assumptions up for serious debate with a quote where she says she doesn’t believe Iron Man 4 will happen. Read it below. Read More »
It’s no secret Iron Man 3 marks the end of Robert Downey Jr.‘s contract with Marvel. The actor has been vocal about it, the president of the studio Kevin Feige has talked about it, but everyone agreed concentrating on Iron Man 3 was the most important thing. That film is now done and hitting theaters in mere days. So talk once again turns to Downey’s future with Marvel. The actor’s charismatic turn as billionaire playboy Tony Stark is credited for igniting the massive success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and while he feels like an integral part of that universe Downey recently revealed he has an end in mind for his Marvel run.
In a new interview with GQ magazine, the actor said he’s had a ton of fun playing Iron Man and hasn’t decided anything for sure, but suggests about three more years is as far as he can go with the role, at least physically. After that, he’d like to direct and star in a Halloween-set thriller. Read the quotes below. Read More »
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How long is Robert Downey, Jr. willing to play Iron Man? He’s going to be in the armor for at least four films, once the three Iron Man movies and The Avengers are tallied, and perhaps Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige can come to a deal for Downey to appear, in some measure, in The Avengers 2. Downey was a key part of kickstarting Marvel’s current film run. He helped legitimize the company’s approach starting with Iron Man, but he isn’t contracted to be Tony Stark forever, and at some point he’s going to want to move on.
So what does Marvel do at that point? Asked about the future of Iron Man, Feige said that the company will probably treat the character in the same way MGM and EON Productions used to deal with James Bond: they’ll get a new actor and move on. Read More »