Marvel has announced that they have signed Robert Downey Jr. for the next two Avengers films. Under the two-picture agreement, Downey will reprise his role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in Marvel’s The Avengers 2 and Marvel’s The Avengers 3. Marvel’s press release did not have any information concerning a possible Iron Man 4 or Downey Jr.’s involvement in it.
Downey, Jr.’s last two Marvel films, 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers and this year’s Iron Man 3, rank as two of the top five grossing films of all time, collectively earning over $2.7 billion worldwide to date.
Marvel’s The Avengers 2 is being written and directed by Joss Whedon. Featuring favorites from the first Avengers film and new Marvel characters never before seen on the big screen, Marvel’s The Avengers 2 is slated to begin production in March 2014 and open in theaters May 1, 2015.
No word as yet regarding Downey’s financial compensation for the agreement.