“After weeks of speculation as to whether or not he would return, Robert Downey Jr. has officially signed on to star in Disney and Marvel’s next two “Avengers” films.
Downey had hinted in numerous interviews, including a recent segment on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” that his days of playing Tony Stark were over.
Marvel announced the news on their website Thursday.
Downey Jr.’s deal, negotiated by CAA, comes on the heels of “Iron Man 3′s” boffo performance at the box office. The 3D blockbuster is already the fifth highest-grossing movie of all-time with a giant $1.2 billion across the globe.
It’s worth noting that while Downey Jr. is scheduled to rejoin “Avengers” in two more installments of the superhero franchise, his new agreement does not include a fourth “Iron Man” movie.”