Iron Man 'Could Continue Without Robert Downey Jr'
Marvel Studios boss says he hopes franchise can run and run...
A senior executive at Marvel Studios has suggested that theRobert Downey Jr.
Kevin Fiege, president of production at the studio, broached the topic in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
He said: "I believe there will be a fourth Iron Man and a fifth, sixth and a 10th and a 20th.
"I see no reason why Tony Stark can't be as evergreen as James Bond, Batman, or for that matter, Spider-Man."
His comments follow a report earlier this week that RDJ and most of his Avengers co-stars are holding out on signing up for the follow-up to the ensemble movie.
Meanwhile Avengers director Joss Whedon has denied reports that he's set to earn $100m for writing and directing the sequel.
He wrote on fan site Whedonesque: "Some facts are not facts. I'm not going to go into the whole thing, but jeepers, I'm not getting $100 million on Avengers 2.
"I'm not making Downey money. I'm making A LOT, which is exciting. I'm not pretending to be a poor farmer, an Everyman, an ANYman. But that number is nuts."