Downey Jr Extends deal with Marvel Studios
Posted on Wed Oct 29, 2008 09:00 AM PDT

Robert Downey Jr. RobertDowneyJr200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Robert Downey Jr. has extended his affiliation with Marvel Studios, according to Variety.

Downey will star in the upcoming "Iron Man 2," as well as return as billionaire Tony Stark and his crime-fighting alter ego in "The Avengers" and a third "Iron Man" installment. All are part of a four-picture deal with the comic book company.

Jon Favreau, who is set to helm the second "Iron Man" pic, will also executive produce "The Avengers," which is scheduled for release on July 15, 2011.

Marvel has long refused to confirm until now whether Downey or Favreau were back for "Iron Man 2" even though both have been forthcoming about their plans for the sequel, which will premiere May 7, 2010.