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Gwyneth Paltrow says there won't be an 'Iron Man 4'
Next week's "Iron Man 3" may be the last chance you get to see Robert Downey Jr. don the Marvel superhero's iconic armor. At least, according to "Iron Man" co-star Gwyneth Paltrow.
During a press junket for the film, Paltrow made what was reported to be an almost-offhand comment about the future of the lucrative franchise.
When asked about returning as Pepper Potts in a potential fourth film, the Oscar-winner said, "I don’t think there’s going to be [an "Iron Man 4"]. I think we’re done with 'Iron Man," according to Bleeding Cool.
However, nothing is official yet, and if "Iron Man 3" makes "Avengers"-sized money at the box office, things could change pretty quick. Still, the new film could be the end of the character's solo adventures on the big screen for the time being...until the inevitable reboot of the franchise.
Meanwhile, "The Avengers 2" is already in the writing stage, and Downey's contract with Marvel ends with "Iron Man 3." Will the actor suit up again for the sequel? Will writer-director Joss Whedon and Marvel possibly leave Tony Stark out of the proceedings, and focus instead on the myriad other heroes in the Marvel universe (like Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch)? Or will another actor attempt to fill RDJ's heavy boots as Iron Man?
"Iron Man 3" opens May 3. Read Drew McWeeny's review here.