Robert Downey Jr. signs on for two more 'Avengers' films

You can't keep a good Iron Man down: Robert Downey Jr. has agreed to reprise his role as the Marvel Comics superhero and his alter ego, Tony Stark, in two sequels to last year's "Marvel's The Avengers."

In its announcement, Marvel did not mention the possibility of a fourth "Iron Man" movie. Downey most recently starred in "Iron Man 3," released May 3. He originated the role in 2008's "Iron Man" and reprised it in 2010's "Iron Man 2."

Downey co-starred in the role in the 2012 hit "The Avengers" alongside Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo as the superhero team fighting an alien invasion orchestrated by the Norse god of mischief, Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

"The Avengers 2," being written and directed by the first film's Joss Whedon, is scheduled to begin production March 2014 and open in theaters May 1, 2015, Marvel said. No date has been announced for "The Avengers 3," though Disney last week said unspecified Marvel movies would be released on May 6, 2016, and May 5, 2017.

"We fit each other pretty snug, and I feel like when I'm him I know what to do," Downey told the Los Angeles Times earlier this year of his relationship with Tony Stark. "At the same time, I don't know why I know what to do. I just know that I do. There's still just a sense of wonder to me that there's something so watchable about this character's ongoing, trippy saga."

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