Hang on to your burritos, fanboys. First Robert Downey Jr. said he won’t do Iron Man 4. Then he said he would–but only if Mel Gibson directs it. Well, today, he told Ellen DeGeneres that basically, yes, it’s going to happen. Not the Mel Gibson part, necessarily. Speculating on future Marvel movies featuring Tony Stark, the actor confirmed that a fourth instalment of Iron Man is in the works. “We’re in the middle of negotiations,” he said on Ellen. “So yes?” she asked. “Okay, yes,” he confessed in a question-answer session that a cynic might think had been rehearsed. Not that I think that, of course.
When you consider that Iron Man 3 made $1.2 billion worldwide, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Marvel would want to go back to the well one more time, even if it costs them a fortune to make it happen. The actor earned $50 million for the third movie. And thanks to the Salkind Clause, he’ll probably earn oodles more to hang out with other superheroes a little while longer.