How can Robert Downey Jr. squeeze a third "Sherlock Holmes" movie into 2016, what with worldwide promotion for "Captain America: Civil War" followed by "Spider-Man: Homecoming," and filming for Marvel's two "Avengers: Infinity War" behemoths? It won't be elementary (here all week!), but Downey is itching to crack another case with director Guy Ritchie and co-star Jude Law.

Downey recently talked to ShortList about "Civil War" and name-dropped Ritchie, who directed both 2009's "Sherlock Holmes" and 2011's "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows."

Here's the conversation from there:

You mentioned hanging out with Guy Ritchie in London. Have you had any discussions about a third Sherlock Holmes film?

We're talking about it right now. NOW. I can't wait.

Do you mean today?

We can do some preliminary stuff. If we could shoot it on Skype, we could have it done in a week. I know Guy Ritchie loves me as much as I love him – and he damn well should. When we're making those Sherlock movies it is off the hook. We'll attempt to make one this year. It really is a big deal to go and do those movies. I'm tired all the time, but I'm excited about it.

So they'll attempt to make the film this year, but do you think they'll be able to do it?

As Collider noted, "The 2009 original grossed a worldwide total of $524 million and its follow-up, A Game of Shadows, did marginally better with $545.4 million worldwide, so Warner Bros. would no doubt he happy to greenlight Sherlock Holmes 3." Getting a green light seems like the least of the problems, but if RDJ makes this a priority, the seas will probably part to make it happen.

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