There has been a whole lot of speculation surrounding Iron Man 4 and if it is even in the pipeline of Marvel adaptations anymore. But in the entire rumor chaff it is important to note that initial reports stated that the movie has been set for a 2019 release, which means the studios might not be actively gearing up for pre-production mode just yet.

What We Know So Far About Iron Man 4

Robert Downey Jr. is most likely not coming back for the fourth installment, and he pretty clearly stated that in a recent interview. Downey Jr., suggested having to drop Iron Man 4 for his upcoming movie Captain America 3: Civil which he'll play Tony Stark/Iron Man.

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Speaking to Empire magazine, the actor talked about how Civil War might not have come to be, had he gone ahead with Iron Man 4.

"They said to me, 'If we have you, we can do this, or Cap 3 has to be something else.' It's nice to feel needed. And at this point it's about helping each other, too," he said. "I look at it as a competition and I go, 'Wow, maybe if these two franchises teamed up and I can take even a lesser position, with people I like and directors I respect, maybe we can keep things bumping along.'"

In fact, recent reports are setting off the rumor that a young child might be the main star in Iron Man 4.

Air Herald believes that the child who assists Stark in the third movie, Harley Keener, might take over the mantle of the Iron Man.

But let's not jump to conclusions about the final casting and plot for the movie, as official assurances will most likely be revealed in 2017.

In the meantime, enjoy watching a trailer for Iron Man 3: