July 22, 2014: Late in the day, Entertainment Weekly publishes an interview with Robert Downey Jr. very coyly discussing his Iron Man future.

July 23, 2014: Not even 24 hours later, Marvel announces yet another date for a future Marvel film release (May 4, 2018), after already having announced five untitled movies last week.

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[crosses her fingers in vain for a Science Bros film]

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The only way I would even consider an Iron Man 4 with Robert is if they change things up and feature Rumiko Fujikawa.

“It’s down to Kevin [Feige, Marvel Studios president] and Ike [Perlmutter, CEO of Marvel Entertainment] and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that’s on us to agree or disagree,” Downey said. “When things are going great, there’s a lot of agreement.” …

Until his bosses decide he’s too rich for their blood, Downey says he’s happy to hold on to the iron mask. “It’s that thing of: why give up the belt when it feels like you can barely get jabbed?” he says — then adds a caveat. “Most people are saying that right when they get knocked out.”

He shrugs, and until Marvel says otherwise, Downey leaves us with points of ellipses and a grin: “The future is, as usual, uncertain.”

Robert Downey Jr. on Iron Man 4: “Why give up the belt?” | Entertainment Weekly

"When EW visited the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron, we asked Downey point-blank: Does he want to star in an Iron Man 4?

His answer wasn’t so point-blank. In fact, he starts to sound a little like a Magic 8-Ball as he tries to keep it vague. But the answer we gleaned was: Signs point to yes.”