Robert Downey Jr, Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr plays Iron Man in Marvel Cinematic universe Reuters, Marvel

Robert Downey Jr has revealed that he will return as Tony Stark aka Iron Man in the upcoming Marvel movie Avengers: Infinity War. The actor will be reprising his iconic character in Spider-Man: Homecoming and recently joked that he is yet to be released from his Marvel contract.

When asked about Infinity Wars, the 51-year-old told Entertainment Tonight at the 4th Annual Make-a-Wish Wishing Well Gala on Wednesday (8 December) in Los Angeles, "We have a start date! That's, you know, when you start shooting. So I have yet to be released from my Marvel contract!You heard it here first!"

Downey Jr has wrapped filming for his eighth appearance as the billionaire industrialist in the upcoming movie, Spider-Man: Homecoming, which stars Tom Holland as the web slinger. The actor also spoke about working with Holland and revealed why he is the perfect actor to take on the young superhero role. He said, "It's a 21st century take on it. I am really excited at the way it's being re-imagined."

Although he did not mention who was his favourite Spidey, he noted,"I'm good friends with Toby, so I can't play favorites here, but that Tom Holland guy is something else. I was [always] in a good mood when I was shooting my little bit in [Homecoming], so that must mean it's an excellent motion picture." Before Holland, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield took on the role of the web slinger in earlier Spider-Man films.

The movie will find a young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) navigating his way through high school while fighting crime as Spider-Man. The Marvel movie is set to release on 7 July 2017 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 is slated for release on 4 May 2018.