Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr signs up for two more Avengers movies
Published 20/06/2013 | 21:26
Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr has signed up for two more Avengers films.
Marvel announced that the actor will reprise his role as comic book superhero Iron Man/Tony Stark for The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3.
Downey Jr has played the character in a trilogy of Iron Man movies, as well as the first superhero ensemble Avengers film - entitled Avengers Assemble in the UK - which made 2.7 billion dollars (£1.7 billion) worldwide.
Joss Whedon is to return as director of the next Avengers film. He is writing the screenplay now, with production scheduled to begin next March ahead of a theatrical release in May 2015.
Downey Jr, 48, had previously suggested this year's Iron Man 3 might be his last spin in a stand-alone Iron Man film.
Marvel's announcement made no mention of an Iron Man 4 release.