Obviously, that isn’t to say it won’t happen, but perhaps isn’t on the immediate agenda.
Without Downey Jr, the site reports that Marvel’s earnings could be down 9%, with analyst Doug Creutz of Cowen and Co adding, “It would be a definite negative for that particular franchise. He is Tony Stark. The other individual franchises – Thor, Captain America, Hulk, etc – don’t have near the level of box-office potential that Iron Man does.
“The other way to look at it is that Iron Man would probably look more like those other franchises in terms of box-office performance without Downey.”
Iron Man 3 is in cinemas now. You can buy the Iron Man 1 & 2 Blu-ray Double Pack for £21.75 on Amazon.co.uk.