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5 Reasons Iron Man 4 Isn’t Happening (And Why We Don’t Need It To)

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Of all the heroes to begin a cinematic universe with, Iron Man was an odd choice. The character wasn’t exactly a household name before 2008. But thanks to Robert Downey Jr.’s irresistible charisma, the character soon became a fan favorite and audiences couldn’t get enough of him. Despite rumors, an Iron Man 4 isn’t in the works (at least anytime soon). Here are five reasons why it’s not happening, but more importantly, why we actually don’t need it to.

The Third Movie Concluded Tony Stark’s Arc

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Say what you will about the third Iron Man movie, but it did tie things up in a nice bow. Tony initiates a protocol that eliminates all of his existing armors (though he can rebuild them whenever) and commits to the surgical removal of the shrapnel from his chest, freeing his heart from danger. Tony then has a more flexible relationship with his suit, can enjoy a safer existence with Pepper, and can entrust the world saving to his buddies. Fans hoping for a particularly iconic story from the comics to be adapted for the big screen will be disappointed, turns out.

The “Demon In A Bottle” Story Is A No-Go

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The most famous Iron Man story, “Demon In A Bottle,” features Tony’s battle with alcoholism. For a time, the concept was tossed around as a possible story for the third movie, before being shut down. Alcoholism doesn’t exactly mesh with the family-friendly tone of the Marvel movies. This is unfortunate, seeing as how Iron Man doesn’t have too many standout stories from the comics in the first place. However, they could toy with the possibility of putting somebody else in the suit, which has happened at various times in the comics.

Downey And Company Cost Big Bucks

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Marvel is paying a steep price for having RDJ at the forefront of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. RDJ isn’t just one of the highest-paid actors in the MCU, he’s one of the highest-paid actors in the world. In addition to that, Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle can hardly be called inexpensive. Iron Man 4 would cost Marvel big bucks, which isn’t to say that RDJ’s new role in the MCU is much cheaper.

Iron Man’s Role Is Evolving

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As the MCU evolves, so does Iron Man’s role in it. He starred in the hugely popular Captain America: Civil War, and played a supporting role in last year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, where he mentored Peter Parker. In other words, we’ve had our fair share of Downey even without any standalone films. Soon though, we won’t need him at all.

The Marvel Universe Is Much Bigger Than Iron Man

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The number of characters and stories from Marvel comics that the MCU can pull from is seemingly endless. Marvel’s plans for the next few years are enough to keep our thoughts off of RDJ and his potential retirement from the MCU. Given this, we have to keep in mind that Marvel can only pump out so many movies in a year. For the sake of the new generation (Black Panther, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man), the old generation must die — and that includes our wishes for Iron Man 4.

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