'Iron Man 4' Release Date: Robert Downey Jr Hints Next Installment Already in the Works?

The fourth installment in the "Iron Man" movie may already be in the works. This was suggested by Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr., during his guesting on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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Since the last installment, fans have waited for the next "Iron Man" film. However, many were disappointed last year when Marvel Studios announced the third phase of its upcoming movies and did not include "Iron Man 4" in the lineup.

Downey restored the hope of fans after confirming during his interview with Ellen DeGeneres that it's he was already in talks with Marvel regarding the upcoming film. Since no official update about the movie had been given since it was first announced, Downey's revelation that the fourth sequel is actually in development came as a shock to many.

Asked if there would be "Iron Man 4," the actor said, "I know there's gonna be a bunch more Marvel movies, and they have big ideas of how to do it best, and you know, we're in the middle of a negotiation... so yes."

While he did not mention anything about his role in the upcoming movie, previous reports claimed that Iron Man aka Tony Stark would be replaced by Riri Williams as the main protagonist of the film.

Williams will reportedly impress Stark after reverse-engineering one of his old Iron Man armors. As a result, Stark will lend his status as Iron Man to the student. As Downey bows out as the Iron Man, Williams will reportedly replace him not as Iron Woman but as Ironheart.

Some reports claim that Downey will reprise his role in the third installment of "Sherlock Holmes." Considering that, the actor might have to stretch his schedule to make time for the upcoming "Iron Man" film. Some speculate that his role in "Sherlock Holmes" might be one of the reasons why Stark is taking the back seat in the "Iron Man" sequel.

Marvel has yet to announce the official release date for "Iron Man 4." But for now, fans may take comfort in Downey's statement.