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When it comes to Marvel, there are a few thousand questions most of us would like to ask Kevin Feige, ranging all the way from. "Will we ever see Spider-Man in the MCU?" to "can I play Spider-Man in the MCU?" and back again.

For many, though, the biggest and most pressing question is this: Will we ever see an Iron Man 4? After all, the Iron Man franchise has so far proven to be Marvel's biggest non-Avengers earner - and yet there is, as of yet, no sign of it appearing in the upcoming Phase 3. Add in the fact that Robert Downey Jr doesn't seem inclined to keep playing Tony Stark indefinitely, and the prospect of us actually seeing a fourth solo outing for the hero anytime soon seems surprisingly slim.

And yet, one former Marvel star just gave us a glimmer of hope...

According to Jeff Bridges, Iron Monger Could Return

Speaking to io9 recently, the actor - who played Iron Man's first lead villain, Obadiah Stane, A.K.A. Iron Monger - revealed that the character's death may well not be as certain as most of us thought. Originally, as it turns out, he was intended to survive...

"The Iron Monger falls into this big pit of whatever it is, some kind of acid or something, in his costume. They pull it up in the big crane and they open up his costume and he's gone. And when we were shooting that film they said, "No we're not going to do that. We're just going to have you go." And I said, "Oh shit, I was kind of disappointed." Because I was thinking [I would] be in the sequels. But they said it's a comic book, maybe the Iron Monger will come back."

Or, in other words, Marvel's creative team have, it seems, always had the idea that Iron Monger could return in their heads. Now, in fairness, Bridges' response to their optimism was this:

"I said "Yeah, right."

But that doesn't ultimately alter the chances of us seeing Iron Monger in a Marvel movie once more...

And That Would Mean Iron Man 4...

After all, in the comics, Stane and Stark had a much longer-running battle to the death than Iron Man had time to show, so there's a whole butt-load of plot just waiting to be adapted - and it'd be extremely unlikely to take place in anything other than an Iron Man solo movie.

Plus, perhaps even more intriguingly? After Obadiah Stane's death in the comics, the Iron Monger mantle was taken up by his son, Ezekiel, who transforms himself into an extremely powerful cyborg to combat Tony Stark.

Even if RDJ does decide to step down from the Iron Man armor sooner rather than later, then - could that be a likely plot for a fourth, RDJ-less Iron Man movie? His successor, versus Stane's - perhaps vying for control of Stark Industries?

Since Marvel has clearly already considered the future potential of the character, it certainly isn't out of the question...

What do you guys reckon, though? Could Iron Monger really return? Will we ever see an Iron Man 4? If we do, what - and who - would you like to see it focus on?

Source: io9


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