Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr has suggested there could be at least two more new spin-offs in the Avengers franchise – but it all depends on the reception from audiences to new characters Hawkeye and Black Widow, who appear in Marvel Avengers Assemble, released in cinemas nationwide on 26 April.
Speaking at the film's UK press conference, Downey Jr talked of his surprise at how well the franchise has done so far:
“From five years ago when we did the first Iron Man to today, it honestly couldn’t have gone any better,” he said. “All three franchises that we’ve launched so far had to work. If this didn’t work, it [would have] affected all the previous franchises extremely adversely.
"There’s also the potential for additional franchises based on how strongly people are reacting to Jeremy [Renner, who plays Hawkeye], Scarlett [Johansson, who plays Black Widow] and Mark [Ruffalo, who plays The Hulk].”
The comic book movie adaptation series already includes Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and a planned second follow-up, Captain America: The First Avenger, Thor and its upcoming sequel, plus a purported Hulk reboot. Two more additions to the franchise could see the series expand to nine films… and counting.
Downey Jr added: “I don’t understand why everything has gone this well but, in this one instance of my life, this seems to be the situation.”