Tony Stark will return in Iron Man 3, rumored for release in 2013. The movie will merge into the Marvel timeline after the showing of the anticipated Avengers movie. The movie will act as a sequel to The Avengers, and spark a round of Marvel movies that lead to Avengers 2. The list of movies may also include another Thor or Captain America movie. Marvel producer Kevin Feige also alluded to The Guardians of the Galaxy and The Inhumans as being movies involved in this effort.
A full cast list for the next Iron Man project has not been released, but the movie will obviously be starring Robert Downey, Jr. in the title role. Scarlett Johansson is rumored as well. No one from Marvel has officially confirmed the villain for the movie. Fans throughout the web world are speculating the best choice would be Mandarin. Director Jon Favreau agreed on several talk shows that Mandarin would be an excellent choice for villain of this film.