Marvel confirmed that Robert Downey Jr. will still remain as Tony Stark in the next Iron Man movie, ending the rumors on having a new lead actor. Downey preannounced the coming of a new Iron Man film by saying he wants to do "one more".
However, speculations came after, that Marvel will recast the franchise due to its story arc and to the lead actor's high pay, University Herald reports. Downey, who started playing the role of Iron Man in 2008, is among the highest paid actors in Hollywood with rumored $50 Million for each of his movies, added the same report.
Riri Williams, a 15-year old actor, is said to have his debut in Hollywood as "The Invincible Iron Man" with the title of the next movie being "Iron Heart" instead of the usual "Iron Man 4." But Marvel later denied the rumor and said it will not replace Downey as per its President Kevin Feige's confirmation, saying he could not see other actors portraying Iron Man, according to Game N Guide.
Aside from Williams, speculations also came that actor Chris Evans who plays the role of Captain America might be replaced. But Feige said there is no need to rush on changing big superheroes and that Evans is like Christopher Reeve who has set the gold standard for portraying Superman.
On the other hand, fans will have to wait longer for the next Iron Man movie for it is not yet in the list of upcoming Marvel films in its third phase. However, Downey will still be seen as Tony Stark in the rebooted "Spider-Man: Homecoming" which will be aired on July 7, 2017, as well as in the "Avengers: Infinity War" Part 1 to be aired on April 25, 2018.
Furthermore, Part 2 on May 3, 2019. The actor is also doing his tv series "Sherlock Holmes" as the title role. For more news and updates about Iron Man 4 and Robert Downey Jr.'s movies, stay tuned in Jobs & Hire.