Robert Downey, Jr. Back for “Avengers 2” and “Avengers 3”

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“Downey has starred as genius inventor Tony Stark since the first Iron Man film, which opened in theaters in 2008.”[THR]

Remember the days when Robert Downey, Jr. was considered a relatively minor (and perennially troubled) character actor? Wow, have those days gone.

The newly sober and ever-popular Downey, Jr. has announced that he will star in both The Avengers 2 and The Avengers 3, after having just finished the third Iron Man (which, though it seems like ages ago, was this summer’s first official blockbuster).

The sequel is rumored to include not just familiar faces from the original film, but some new ones as well from the world of Marvel Super Comics. (And no offense to Gwyneth Paltrow, but we’re glad she won’t be appearing in any of The Avengers alongside her regular squeeze Tony Stark).