UPDATE: All our Marvel speculation was for naught. RDJ hit Twitter early this morning to reveal the second trailer for his passion project The Judge. You can check it out here.
Robert Downey Jr has always had a soft spot for teasing us all. He's forever hinting at something, or subtly implying that a project may or may not happen - usually in adorably whimsical fashion.
So it's no real surprise, then, to find out that he's just come out and teased something pretty darned major. The only problem? He wasn't all that clear about what that something major was...
Taking to Twitter yesterday, RDJ posted this:
Which seemingly suggests that, in the next few hours, we'll be on the receiving end of some pretty huge news. Now, that news could easily be about more or less anything - but I don't think the list of possibilities is all that long. Just take a closer look at that T-Shirt he's doing a pointedly terrible job of hiding...
Seem familiar? Well, that's not too surprising. After all, it's the same Black Sabbath shirt he wore in The Avengers...
Which means we can pretty reasonably expect to hear some big news regarding something Marvel (and RDJ)-related pretty darned soon.
The only question now then - what'll that news be?
Let's take a look at some of the potential options. First up:
Iron Man 4
After the recent announcement by RDJ that there's no Iron Man 4 in the pipeline, we could all be excused for taking a few weeks off our constant, vocal vigil of hopeful expectation regarding a Shellhead sequel.
Of course, that was never realistically going to happen - we all love Tony Stark far too much to forget about him, even temporarily.
Could, then, the news be a surprise announcement that we will be seeing Iron Man 4 after all?
An Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer
Alternatively, there's always the option of a big Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer reveal. Which, seeing as we were all expecting something big to emerge from this year's San Diego Comic-Con, is arguably long overdue.
Especially after this tease from Mark Ruffalo last month:
Will Kevin Feige entrust the big reveal to RDJ's social media feed alone, though?
Ah, who are we kidding, it'd go viral in seconds anyway...
An RDJ Directorial Debut
More of a long shot, but there have been persistent rumblings over the past few years that RDJ would eventually make a move into directing - and that his first movie would be a Marvel project.
Of course, the man himself has seemingly come out strongly against the idea, but honestly, when has a huge U-Turn like that ever stood in the way of a move into directing?
A New Marvel Movie Announcement
More likely is that RDJ has been asked to reveal - in tension-building fashion - a new member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Kevin Feige having been on the receiving end of seemingly endless streams of irritation from everyone and their cousin, it isn't out of the realms of possibility that he'd get the most beloved man in Marveldom to make a potentially contentious announcement for him.
Say, the long-linked to Iron Man in the comics Captain Marvel?
An End to RDJ as Iron Man
All of those options, though, would be pretty darned awesome. Sadly, it's not impossible to imagine that RDJ could, on this occasion, be the bearer of bad news.
Like, for instance, that he definitely will not be renewing his Marvel contract, and that Avengers 3 will be his final movie in the MCU - for realsies this time.
Which...hardly bears thinking about.
Lets all just hope that he loved working on [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035) enough that he's newly enthused about the MCU. That'll help, right?
What do you guys think? What'll RDJ's big announcement be?