Robert Downey Jr. is getting pretty ambitious, especially with his Sherlock Holmes movies. Apparently, he wants to turn it into a big shared universe with stories about side characters, Marvel-style.

Sherlock Holmes movie poster.
The start of a Sherlock Holmes-verse?

During a panel at Fast Company’s Innovation Festival, Robert Downey Jr. claimed that he wanted to turn his Sherlock Holmes movies into a connected universe, starting with the third movie. Specifically, the former Iron Man said: “At this point, we really feel that there is not a mystery-verse built out anywhere, and Conan Doyle is the definitive voice in that arena, I think, to this day. So to me, why do a third movie if you’re not going to be able to spin off into some real gems of diversity and other times and elements?”

“We think there’s an opportunity to build it out more,” his wife and producer, Susan Downey, then added. “Spin-off characters from a third movie, to see what’s going on in the television landscape, to see what Warner Media is starting to build out, things with HBO and HBO Max.” Ambitious much? Maybe, but that ambition just might turn into something worthy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself.

But What About Sherlock Holmes 3?

Sherlock Holmes 2, released nearly a decade ago.
Makes you wonder what the third movie will be called, doesn’t it?

First though, Robert Downey Jr. will have to release that third Sherlock Holmes movie already. Production kept shutting down and going back up multiple times, and the release date kept changing as a result. Currently, Sherlock Holmes 3 still doesn’t have an official title. Not only that, but it has a release date of December 22, 2021: more than a year away. And that’s assuming that they keep to their release date.

Still though, if you’ve been waiting since the last Sherlock Holmes movie, you probably have the patience to wait another year. Or two. Possibly another decade, but I think most everyone will have forgotten about the whole series by that point. Still, hopes springs eternal.


Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey appear to have big plans for their Sherlock Holmes franchise. Marvel Cinematic Universe-levels of big. Firs though, they’ll have to release that third movie already. After that, then we’ll see.