Robert Downey Jr. Confirmed for “The Avengers 2 & 3”

Posted Thursday June 20, 2013 2:05 PM GMT

When “Iron Man 3” came out he hinted that he may be finished playing the superhero, but now Robert Downey Jr. has announced he’ll resume the role for a pair of forthcoming “The Avengers” sequels.

According to a Marvel Studios release, the “Sherlock Holmes” hunk has signed contracts for both “The Avengers 2” and “The Avengers 3,” much to the delight of comic book fans the world over.

Up first, “Marvel’s The Avengers 2” will be directed and written by Joss Whedon and is slated for a May 1st, 2015 release date.

Also on board for the flick are favorites like Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, and Mark Ruffalo.