Robert Downey Jr. Signs to Return as Iron Man in Avengers 2 & 3

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Marvel Studios announced today that Robert Downey, Jr. has signed a two-picture agreement to reprise the role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in Marvel’s The Avengers 2 and Marvel’s The Avengers 3.

Downey, Jr.’s last two Marvel films, 2012′s Marvel’s The Avengers and this year’s Iron Man 3, rank as two of the top five grossing films of all time, collectively earning over $2.7 billion worldwide to date.

Marvel’s The Avengers 2 is being written and directed by Joss Whedon. Featuring favorites from the first “Avengers” film and new Marvel characters never before seen on the big screen, Marvel’s The Avengers 2 is slated to begin production in March 2014 and open in theaters May 1, 2015.

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