‘The Avengers’ Are ‘In The Atmosphere’ Of ‘Iron Man 3′

Tony Stark isn’t the only costumed crime-fighter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe anymore. He has a bunch of mighty new friends, though none of them will be appearing in the upcoming “Iron Man 3” — at least not in an obvious way.

Robert Downey Jr. spoke with EW.com about the possibilities of “Avengers” cameos in the upcoming “Iron Man” threequel, and he continued to tow the company line of the film centering solely on Tony’s world. But he did leave some hope for a surprise appearance here or there.

“The whole Avengers thing [with $1.5 billion in global box office was such a relief and such a confirmation of [Marvel Studios President] Kevin Feige’s vision for this all along,” said the actor. “As Kevin has put it, the next step after that is to bring in someone like Shane Black and – without pretending that the Avengers don’t exist – find a way to go back to a kind of re-investigation of Tony’s world, which he thought would be, one, fun for the audience and, two, would rock in a different way than The Avengers. But we can’t help it — everywhere you look now in every Marvel movie there are opportunities where certain new pals of his could be useful. So they’re in the atmosphere, so to speak, but I wouldn’t expect to see them on the ground in this one.”

So, if you want to see some Avengers in “Iron Man 3,” just look in the sky — according to RDJ, they’re hanging around somewhere!

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