The End Of Iron Man?
While doing press for Iron Man 3, Gwyneth Paltrow let slip that she believes the latest solo adventure of Tony Stark will be his last. Now, this should be taken with a MASSIVE grain of salt, as it can’t be completely true.
Or can it?
With the success of The Avengers, could it be possible that movie fans will tire of seeing the individual members on their own and only want to see them with their team members? It’s possible, but by doing this we’d miss out on a lot of character work that the solo films have room for. I highly doubt that Avengers 2 would have enough time to catch us up on Thor and his Asgardian brothers, Tony Stark and Pepper Pots, and Captain America and his confrontation with the Winter Solidier (not to mention introducing new teammates). It’s not feasible that Disney and Marvel Studios would allow a sure fire hit like the Iron Man franchise end.
But what if it did? What if the next time we see Tony won’t be until the next Avengers film? From the financial standpoint of locking in Robert Downey, Jr. I wouldn’t be surprised if Iron Man 3 is the last solo Iron Man film. RDJ’s contract is up with this movie, and I’d be stunned if he doesn’t hold out for more cash to keep appearing as Tony, even though he keeps saying how much fun he has playing the character.
Downey wouldn’t be the only one whose contract may be up either. Keep in mind that Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner are all under contract for a set amount of films, and many of them (Johansson and Renner excluded) are key members of the super team, and finding actors to fill their shoes may be more difficult than shelling out the cash to keep them on board.
So if Paltrow is right, let’s hope Tony goes out with a bang. There’s a ton of Marvel characters that deserve their spot in the limelight, and sequelizing every character means that there’s one more Marvel hero who has to wait until they see their name on the marquee. Maybe letting Tony rest and only seeing him in the Avengers for a little while wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.