Robert Downey Jr. Tells David Letterman There Is No Plan for Iron Man 4

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Robert Downey Jr spoke about the future of Iron Man. Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

The end of an era! After three movies released and billions of dollars grossed at the international box office, the Iron Man franchise is a wrap.

"There's no plans for an Iron Man 4," the movies' star Robert Downey Jr. told David Letterman on the Late Show on Tuesday, Oct. 7. "[It's a] valid question [why not]. Like, it hasn't made enough money or something? Yeah, I guess they have too much money, or something."

Letterman, 67, expressed his dismay over the end of the franchise, continuing to question Downey Jr., 49, about his future as the superhero. 

"There's no script for Iron Man 4," the actor maintained. "They do have a plan and I think they're gonna announce it. You know, they're very secretive about it. Marvel… There will be other stuff… just between us, no [more Iron Man]. But I'm gonna do other stuff with Marvel. I'm still going to be involved with Marvel and there's gonna be plenty of fun stuff to happen."

Downey Jr.'s denial of Iron Man 4 aired just hours after he confirmed plans for the movie on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. After first hedging the future of the franchise and his character, when pushed by DeGeneres, he conceded that "okay, yes," there would be another movie. 

While the future of the Iron Man movies may be uncertain, the character will live on as Downey Jr. will continue his turn as Tony Stark in next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron. The action star's ongoing success as the armored hero has made him the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, with paychecks in the multimillions.

Downey Jr. told Letterman that he partially has his father, Robert Downey Sr., to thank for his career. 

"I called him up, I said 'Dad, I need five bucks, I'll come over and grab it,'" Downey Jr. told Letterman of his filmmaker and actor father. "He goes, 'Nah, get a job.' I said, 'No, no, dad, you don't understand, I gotta get a piece of pizza, I need a subway thing…' He goes, 'Call one of your friends, it's time for you to grow up.'"

The Oscar-nominated actor quickly got a job to support himself — though it didn't last long. "I had to hustle, I wound up getting a job at a shoe shop… I was fired after a week… there were some shoes missing from the inventory."

"There really needs to come a moment when you realize that gravy train is over," the star added. "You gotta go make something of yourself."

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