Iron Man 3 may conclude a trilogy says Black

But the door is also open for a fourth…

‘Iron Man 3’ director Shane Black has been talking about working with Robert Downey Jr. – revealing rather cryptically that that upcoming  Marvel sequel could conclude the hero’s story, “whilst also ‘leaving the door open to a fourth’”. Hmmm.

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The end for this Iron Man - Or will Downey Jr. be back? (Credit: Disney)
In an interview with French magazine Premiere, Black said: "I have the feeling that the story we developed for ‘Iron Man 3’ actually concluded a trilogy, while [also] leaving the door open to a fourth.”

He added: "I had a lot of discussions on this subject: 'Is this the last ‘Iron Man’ for Robert?' Something tells me that it will not be the case, and that he'll be seen in a fourth or fifth."

Star Downey Jr. also recently revealed that with his contract coming to an end, he would be reluctant to have the character given to anyone else: “Let’s just say that the only thing I ever let go of had claw marks in it,” he told Empire.

Black, who’s 2005 directorial debut ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ also starred Downey Jr., also spoke of his personally relationship with the actor:

"He remained hyper-intuitive, fun and unpredictable," Black said. "The only thing that changed is that he's now one of the biggest stars in the world, and I can't cross the street with him without being mobbed."

‘Iron Man 3’ co starring Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Don Cheadle and Gwyneth Paltrow is out in the UK 26 April 2013.