Iron Man 3: Robert Downey Jr. Injured On Set
He Has Two Ankles. He'll Be Fine.
Beneath his charm and nearly indestructible armor, Iron Man is still a fragile human. Robert Downey Jr. was injured on the set of Iron Man 3 on Tuesday, forcing the highly anticipated sequel to go on hiatus.
Downey Jr., 47, was performing a stunt during a key scene when he reportedly tweaked an ankle.
"Robert Downey Jr. sustained an ankle injury on the set of Iron Man 3 in Wilmington, N.C., while performing a stunt," Marvel Studios said in a statement. "There will be a short delay in the production schedule while he recuperates."
Marvel hasn't said how severe the injury is, or how long Downey Jr. will need to heal, but the studio reportedly is still determined to make its original release date of May 3, 2013.
Downey Jr. is arguably the centerpiece of Marvel's massive Avengers franchise, which also includes Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk and various other superheroes.
In the third installment of Iron Man, Downey Jr.'s metal-plated warrior faces off against villains The Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley, and evil scientist Guy Pearce. Let's hope he has two good ankles when that happens.