Marvel fans will want to be glued to social media in exactly eight days’ time. “Iron Man” star Robert Downey Jr. dropped a new character poster online just one day after Marvel unveil new domestic and international posters for “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” While Downey Jr.’s new still, featuring sentient robots in the background is from the upcoming “Avengers” sequel, the big news everyone is buzzing about is what the actor wrote in the caption.
Dropping the bombshell on social media, Downey Jr. revealed Marvel will make a “big announcement on March 5th. On Facebook he wrote, “Got a little somethin for ya, folks. Just cuz you’re awesome, check out this new Iron Man poster for Avengers #AgeOfUltron. And don’t tell ’em I told you, but there’s a big announcement coming in 8 days… Shhhhhhh… #getexcited.” The 49-year-old shortened his message on Twitter writing, “You’ve been good so here’s a new #IronMan poster from @Avengers. & on the DL, big announcement in 8 days… #getexcited.”
Fans have begun drawing their own conclusions as to what the announcement entails and many speculate an “Iron Man 4” is finally in the works, or as one minion put it, “Fifty Shades of Stark.” With Marvel’s recent deal with Sony to helm a new Spider-Man reboot, others wonder if Downey Jr. will appear in a cross-over film with the web-slinging superhero. The latter seems more likely considering little has been said about the new Spider-Man reboot.
Headlines have been clouded with rumors as to how Marvel will introduce Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and there is even talk that the new character will first appear in “Captain America: Civil War.” After all, Iron Man might need Spidey’s help when he comes toe-to-toe with Captain America. Casting news may be a large part of Marvel’s announcement, as recent reports claim for the first time the character will not be played by a white male actor. Spider-Man is part of Marvel’s Phase 3 and the reboot of the franchise, which will mark the studio’s sixteenth film, has a release date of July 28th, 2017.
Outside of the Spider-Man hype, there are several announcements the studio could make. Marvel could release the synopsis of 2017’s “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” or maybe the studio will drop some news about 2018’s “Captain Marvel” or 2019’s “Inhumans.” However, the fact that Downey Jr. teased the “big announcement” coupled with a new Iron Man poster leaves us to believe his character is involved in the news, and with all the Spider-Man talk we can’t imagine the announcement going any other way. Stay tuned!