BySarah Gibson, writer at Creators.co
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Although we've been speculating about the financial state of the Marvel Comics Universe, it seems as though cold hard cash might not be the only thing affecting 's comic book movie decisions.

According too The Hollywood Reporter, the Iron Man 3 fan-favorite raked in a sweet $35 million for his latest flick, but although negotiations have begun for The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and The Avengers: Infinity War beyond that, Iron Man 4 hasn't been part of the discussions. That may lend credence to suggestions that Downey isn't interested in returning for another solo movie:

Sources close to the dealmaking say Downey has entered negotiations to reprise his role in Marvel's The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3, the first of which has a May 1, 2015, release date and will cap what is known as Phase 2 of the Marvel movies in the same way 2012's Avengers culminated the first Marvel wave that began with 2008's Iron Man. Avengers 3 has no release date and probably will not hit screens at least until the end of Phase 3, in 2017. But sources say Iron Man 4 has not been part of the discussions, and it's unclear whether Downey, 48, wants to return for another stand-alone sequel.

It seemed inevitable that Downey would return for The Avengers 2, given that has already started developing the movie for a May 2015 release date, but RDJ's future with Marvel beyond that is totally in the dark.

Without giving too much away for those of you who haven't yet seen Iron Man 3, the ending of the movie didn't feel like a sequel-inviting ending for me, as it wrapped up Tony Stark's character arc that began with the first Iron Man flick in 2007. Sure, I'd like RDJ to make standalone movies forever, but Iron Man 3 also seems like an appropriate ending to the franchise, if that's what Downey, Jr. wants. Plus, he'll still be around in future The Avengers movies and at least this way Marvel can free up some of their much-coveted cash for other superhero projecs.

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