Last week I finally got a chance to see Iron Man 3 and I have to say it was a rather good movie. Though on the other hand, for the average movie go-er, I'm sure it left quite a few unanswered question. One of which, if Iron Man 4 does come out - will Robert Downey Jr. be playing Iron Man?
The reason this question is being posed is because there has been a lot of rumors, speculation, and all around craziness surrounding the talk of The Avengers 2. For those of you who do not really know the gist behind all of this, I will post source links at the end of this post. For those who do, you undoubtedly know why I am asking this.
In recent reports, it has be claimed that RDJ had made over 50 million dollars for his part in The Avengers - while the rest of the cast made roughly anywhere between 2 - 6 million dollars each. This is also the reason for why there have been talks of replacing RDJ in the upcoming Avengers movie, which if they do - this will most likely exclude him from a role in Iron Man 4.
Now - in my very own personal opinion I say this, if RDJ is not going to be Iron Man in any of the upcoming movies, you just pretty much lost one person who would have seen these movies if he was. To me, RDJ is the embodiment of Tony Stark, the man just fits into the role perfectly. Any movie with him not as Iron Man, it just would not be the same. Anyone they would get to fill his role would just make Iron Man a hollow role, much like how the armor is without Tony Stark inside of it. You might as well just go call the movie Iron, instead of Iron Man. You'd be missing a key part of the whole movie, much like a key part of the title is missing if you do so.
Now - don't get me wrong, 50 million dollars for one movie compared to the rest of the cast is quite a lot. Though on the other side of that, lets look at how much the movie company made from that one movie alone the first weeks in box offices. Then and only then will you begin to realize how fickle and greedy the movie companies are. Yet, they don't seem to realize - we are paying them when we see the movies. If we like them a lot, we probably see them more than once.
Like I said above, if RDJ isn't Iron Man, I know I won't be seeing it. There are others who feel like this too. So, if a greedy movie company doesn't want him in that role - I can assure you that movie company will probably be making a lot less money in the end when all is said and done. Then they will look back and say, "Yeah, we should have probably cast him again for the part." It's kind of sad really, mainly because this kind of thing happens all the time in movies. The only difference is that this time the man behind the Iron Man mask has struck a chord with so many people, has been the embodiment of Iron Man, of Tony Stark - that everyone is going to notice and make themselves heard (much like myself in this article here).
My point is this, keep Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, or you will most likely see this entire franchise go down the shitter because you (the movie companies), wanted to pay a little less for someone who just won't cut it.
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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