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Is Robert Downey Jr. just messing with the media?

While promoting The Judge (in theaters Friday), the actor was asked numerous times if he plans to reprise his role as Iron Man in a fourth movie. On Tuesday, he confirmed that "yes," there is another installment in the works. "I know there are going to be a bunch more Marvel movies," he explained, "and they have big ideas of how to do it best and [they're] in the middle of negotiation, blah blah blah..."

After that interview with Ellen DeGeneres, however, he changed his tune.

Appearing on The Late Show Tuesday, the actor told David Letterman a slightly different story. "There [are] no plans for an Iron Man 4," he revealed. Asked why not, the 49-year-old star said, "That's a valid question. Like it hasn't made enough money? Yeah, I guess they have too much money or something. There is no script for Iron Man 4. They do have a plan and I think they're going to announce it [soon]."

Letterman didn't let up, asking Downey a second time if a fourth Iron Man movie could still be a possibility. "Just between us, no," he told the late-night host. "But, I'm going to do other stuff with Marvel. I'm still going to be involved with Marvel and there's going to be plenty of fun stuff to happen."

Perhaps Downey was merely being coy—Marvel is known for its secrecy, after all.