Marvel.com just posted the news that Robert Downey Jr. will return as Tony Stark/Iron Man again in The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3. The two-picture announcement has no mention of Iron Man 4, which could mean Downey Jr. has done with solo Iron Man movies. For now, at least.
The Avengers 2 will begin shooting next year under the direction of Joss Whedon for a May 2015 release. The Avengers 3 was expected given the huge success of the first outing, but this news confirms Marvel is already setting out plans for the third film. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo and Chris Hemsworth are all expected to return, but we may get confirmation of this in the near future.
Marvel.com also teased impending announcements regarding their upcoming slate, saying the site will “reveal additional casting updates, new characters coming to Marvel movies and so much more”.