Robert Downey Jr. is in talks to reprise his role as Tony Stark for Marvel’s 2016 release, “Captain America 3.”
Marvel officially declined to comment, but sources confirmed that Downey would return to the role that catapulted him to superhero celebrity provided that discussions between the actor and the comic book movie powerhouse continued to progress.
The news was first reported by Variety Monday night.
Downey has made numerous headlines recently while promoting his new drama “The Judge,” dropping various hints about his ongoing relationship with Marvel, mentioning a possible “Iron Man 4,” among other projects.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” directors (and brothers) Joe and Anthony Russo will return to direct the third standalone film to star Chris Evans as patriotic hero Steve Rogers from a script penned by “Winter Soldier” scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
Downey and Evans will next be seen as their Marvel heroes in next summer’s anticipated “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
Joss Whedon’s follow-up to his $1-billion-plus 2012 hit, “The Avengers,” will reunite the star-studded cast of the earlier film, with Downey again donning the Iron Man armor, Chris Hemsworth returning as Thor, and Evans once more wearing Captain America’s uniform.
Also returning are Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill.
James Spader will play the villain Ultron, while Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson join the franchise as twins Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, respectively.
Jarvis voice actor Paul Bettany will evolve into a new role — he’ll play the Vision in “Age of Ultron.”
— Gina McIntyre| @LATherocomplex
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