Iron Man 4: Robert Downey Jr. or Ty Simpkins?
By Yumi Redfield
It is no question that fans want to see another Iron Man movie.
Even though Marvel has yet to be officially confirmed by Marvel, rumors about the supposedly upcoming movie has been popping up left and right. So let’s discuss the rumors circulating about Iron Man 4.
Robert Downey Jr.
There really is only one rumor surrounding Robert Downey Jr. for Iron Man 4 and that is he is renegotiating his contract and would only don the Iron Man suit if the price is right. So how much does Marvel have to shell out for us to see Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man again?
Rumors are varied. There are those claiming that RDJ is asking for $100 million, while another claims he’s asking an additional $50 million on top of his current rate (he supposedly earned $70 million in his last stint as Iron Man, so that’ll make his fee $120 million), while others claim that RDJ is not asking for a fixed price, but a cut in the sales instead. With the last Iron Man movie earning $1.2 billion in the box office, that will be some serious dough.
Really, the only question is will Marvel be willing to pay that much so they could get RDJ to reprise his role?
Robert Downey Jr. is a bankable actor, especially as Tony Stark, so it wouldn’t be surprising if Marvel would choose to give him his asking price. However, there are rumors that say, ‘No’, hence the birth of the second rumor:
There are a lot of rumors claiming that if Marvel and Robert Downey Jr. will not agree on the price, they will be forced to write Tony Stark out of the Marvel universe, with Ty Simpkins donning the Iron Man suit supposedly inheriting it from Stark. Ty Simpkins played Harley Keener, the boy who helped out Tony Stark in Iron Man 3.
It seems like a stretch that Marvel would gamble and give their most loved character to an actor who may not be well received by the fans.
For the fans, Robert Downey Jr. IS Tony Stark and Iron Man. It would take a miracle before Marvel can introduce a new Iron Man that will be as well loved and as bankable as RDJ.