LOS ANGELES — Robert Downey Jr. has signed a deal to reprise his role as billionaire genius/playboy/inventor Tony Stark in two “Avengers” films.
Marvel.com posted news Thursday that the actor has signed a two-picture agreement to climb back into the Iron Man armor for “The Avengers 2″ and “Â€ÂœThe Avengers 3.”Â€Â
The first “Avengers” sequel will be written and directed by Joss Whedon and is set to begin production in England’Â€Â™s venerable Pinewood-Shepperton facility in March.
The film is set for release May 1, 2015.
“Â€ÂœWe fit each other pretty snug, and I feel like when I’Â€Â™m him I know what to do,”Â€Â Downey told the Los Angeles Times earlier this year of his relationship to Tony Stark. “Â€ÂœAt the same time, I don’Â€Â™t know why I know what to do. I just know that I do. There’Â€Â™s still just a sense of wonder to me that there’Â€Â™s something so watchable about this character’Â€Â™s ongoing, trippy saga.”Â€Â
Audiences seem to agree. “Iron Man 3″Â€Â collected nearly $200 million when it opened in some 42 countries around the globe at the beginning of May, and earlier this week, the film crossed the $400-million mark at the domestic box office.
Worldwide, it’Â€Â™s earned more than $1.2 billion.