Reddit AMAs are a great place for fans to gather and have their questions answered by a host who is often busy. Which makes Robert Downey Jr.‘s AMA so intriguing. To help promote the upcoming The Judge, Downey Jr. participated in the AMA, where he was asked a variety of questions about his involvement in Marvel properties like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers 3, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and other successful franchises like Sherlock Holmes 3 and popular shows like Doctor Who and Sherlock. He also spoke of potential upcoming projects such as Perry Mason.
Not only that, but the actor appeared on Ellen, and confirmed that Iron Man 4 is under development, something that he and Gwyneth Paltrow have denied in the past. So what happened.
Hit the jump to see what he had to say on the AMA and a video of his Ellen appearance.
Let’s start off with news of Iron Man 4. At first there were multiple reports saying that it wasn’t in the books. But a recent offhand comment by Downey Jr. suggested that the movie could be coming, but only if his good buddy Mel Gibson directs it. The actor touched on this comment, saying:
“It was an offhanded remark to a journalist and friend. I have other projects in mind for Mel and I – sooner than later the Marvel Roster will be made public and all questions will be answered.”
When asked about making a cameo on AGENTS of S.H.I.E.L.D., the actor revealed that it was a possibility, but there was some red tape to get through before it could happen:
“Nothing is impossible [italics]. But there might be a fair amount of red tape involved in something like that. I love Clark Gregg, and am pleased the show is doing so well.”
When the first Avengers film was making the press rounds, the post credit scene wasn’t shot yet. It was later revealed to be the shawarama scene. So could Joss Whedon one-up that with another hilarious scene? Here’s what Downey Jr. had to say:
“I remember shooting that shawarma post-credit scene, and having just finished Avengers: Age of Ultron, wondered how we’d beat it. Joss says ‘The way to win is to not try.’”
Moving on to other films, a questioner asked about the development of Sherlock Holmes 3, which Downey Jr. answered, but also dropped a few hints about a film adaptation of Perry Mason:
Yes, we have a Sherlock 3 in development. We want it to be the best of the series, so that’s a pretty tall order. Also, Perry Mason is a property I’m looking forward to developing further, going back to the 1931 book series…similarly to what we did with the first 2 Sherlocks, mining the original material for things that are ‘new.'”
“The Perry Mason project we’re developing is kind of a pre-”Chinatown” gumshoe thriller with some courtroom stakes, and action sequences. So you’ve got one in the pipes, just for you.”
He was also asked about his reaction to the Sherlock miniseries starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman:
“Very impressed with Benedict. Such smart writing on that show. I have screen envy.”
He was also asked about if he would ever appear on Doctor Who:
“It’s funny you’d bring that up. A writer asked me to watch a particular episode about a month ago, in hopes of helping us break story on a project. An incredible series. Anything’s possible.”