This Iron Man 4 rumor shouldn’t be taken seriously
By Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)
I cannot stress this enough from the get-go, please take this with the biggest grain of salt you have lying around. 2019 is a long way off and even if these rumors are true, plans can easily change in four years.
At the end of October 2014, we got Marvel’s plans for Phase: Three, which kicks off in Captain America: Civil War. Of the new franchises and sequels, only one property remains absent: Iron Man 4. Part of that has to do with Robert Downey Jr. being contracted for only one more film after Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 (2018). I’m not sure how the contract is structured so that may or may not include Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 (2019), but if it doesn’t, that means Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) are also not contracted for the second Infinity War film.
We know that sooner or later new actors will have to take on some of these Phase: One and Two roles, but the question has always been whether they’ll be playing the same character or a new character, who takes on the mantle. Spoiler Alert if you haven’t read Marvel’s Civil War: In Captain America’s case, it’s long been rumored that Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes, aka, The Winter Soldier, will become the new Captain America. It happens in the comic books, and Stan is contracted for nine films.
In Iron Man’s case, I’ve always assumed they would just go with War Machine, but now Master Herald (via MovieWeb) is reporting the rumor that Iron Man 4 is moving ahead with a new character, Harley Keener, as the man in the steel suit. If that name seems oddly familiar, it’s because the character is the kid Tony Stark befriend in Iron Man 3, played by Ty Simpkins.
Simpkins is contracted for two more films, but I’d wager that this is just a possibility, and not set in stone. If RDJ decides that he wants to make another Iron Man, Marvel would be all over that, and these plans would be scrapped. However, if he decides to move on, and Marvel is keen on making another Iron Man film, then the character of Keener makes quite a lot of sense, since his character shares a similar past with Tony Stark. Marvel also likes making connections like this, so from a story point of view, it would make a lot of sense to cast Simpkins than it would be to introduce a brand new character who shows up out of nowhere.
This brings up another point, Harley Keener doesn’t exist in the comic books at all, so if he does take up the suit, we would have an even larger deviation from the comics than we’ve had before. If Marvel continues to produce hit after hit, then I predict we’ll slowly start seeing very different and original stories on the big screen than we have ever had before.
In the meantime, Robert Downey Jr. returns as Iron Man in Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015.