Shane Black talks IRON MAN 3

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
March 7th, 2011

While it’s only been a few weeks since we’ve learned that writer/director Shane Black would be filling in for director Jon Favreau on the beloved IRON MAN film franchise and its third film, apparently, Black has been hard at work, and not afraid to talk about it.

Thanks to a reader, AICN got a report from a recent panel at the Omaha Film Festival where the director was speaking, and it appears as though there is quite a bit to talk about.

First, Black confirmed that he will indeed write the film’s screenplay, which should come as no real shock, given Black’s penchant for writing beloved screenplays. He’ll be meeting with star Robert Downey Jr. this week for the first story meeting, and apparently, Marvel wasn’t too keen on the last film, IRON MAN 2 and its direction.

Black describes this third film as a “Tom Clancy-thriller, with Iron Man fighting real world villains,” which could mean many things, but hopefully it will mean that we’ll actually be getting a film with a worthwhile third act. Joking aside, there are apparently no plans to bring in characters from other Marvel franchises, with Black saying that Marvel wants to go back to single character films in their post-AVENGERS universe.

Now, that’s about all, and while none of it is much of a shock, that last bit is quite intriguing.

It’s understandable that Marvel, not knowing how well THE AVENGERS will do, would sign any and all actors to multiple film contracts, but I doubt that if the film truly does well, that we won’t be seeing Marvel want to make good on their investment. That said, they also could have truly huge plans for this film universe, and simply want to keep the universe intact for as long as possible.

All in all, I just want to see this damn thing already. Black is a fantastic writer/director, and is a really interesting choice to take on this franchise.

What do you think?

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