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Robert Downey Jr. agrees to 2 more 'Avengers' movies

Robert Downey Jr. talks to Eyewitness News about 'Iron Man 3' in this April 2013 photo.

June 20, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Robert Downey Jr. has reached a two-picture deal with Marvel studios to suit up again to play Iron Man and his alter ego Tony Stark in "The Avengers 2" and "The Avengers 3."

Downey Jr. has played the character in a trilogy of "Iron Man" movies, as well as the first superhero ensemble "Avengers" film, which made $2.7 billion worldwide.

The next film will start production in March and will be led again by writer-director Joss Whedon. A theatrical release is expected in May 2015.

The 48-year-old actor had previously suggested "Iron Man 3" might be his last spin in a stand-alone "Iron Man" film. Marvel's announcement made no mention of an "Iron Man 4" release.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.