Robert Downey Jr and Jon Favreau have revealed that filming Iron Man 3 in the wake of The Avengers may present a number of difficulties, especially in terms of the storyline.
The Cowboys & Aliens director was joined by Downey Jr at the Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood on Sunday for a screening of the first two Iron Man movies. According to Slash Film, the two spoke about the future of the Iron Man franchise, focusing on how the release of The Avengers will affect Iron Man 3.
“I guess in comics you can say that it’s an individual storyline and you can break it off into a group,” said Favreau. “But in movies, it’s hard not to take into consideration what just happened. What are you gonna say? ‘They all just lost their cell phones and you can’t get help?’ So it’s going to take a lot of ingenuity to make it make sense to a mainstream film audience as well as a comic book audience.”
Favreau, who directed the first two Iron Man movies, left the franchise to make Magic Kingdom. He will be replaced by Shane Black for the third instalment.
Downey Jr went on to state that Favreau will still help with the storyline for Iron Man 3.
“There’s going to be this kind of conglomerate of efforts,” Downey Jr said.
The Sherlock Holmes star also opened up about shooting The Avengers, revealing his enthusiasm for the ensemble cast.
“I just thought, ‘How are you gonna put all of us clowns together? He’s wearing a suit, he’s all jacked up, he’s so and so and poor Mark Ruffalo, he’s gonna out do us’. And we’re about six weeks in and I have to say Joss Whedon is nailing it,” Downey Jr said. “He’s so smart and so good. And it’s gonna be great. I can’t believe I just said it, I never could’ve believed this but it’s gonna be great.”
The Avengers is scheduled to open in cinemas on May 4, 2012.
Not exactly Pepper/Tony related but still awesome!
MARVEL STUDIOS BEGINS PRODUCTION OF EPIC FEATURE
“MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS”
BURBANK, Calif. (April 26, 2011) — Production has commenced today in Albuquerque, New Mexico on Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated movie “Marvel’s The Avengers,” directed by Joss Whedon (“Serenity”) from a screenplay by Whedon. The film will continue principal photography in Cleveland, Ohio and New York City. Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) returns as the iconic Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Chris Hemsworth (“Thor”) as Thor, Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Captain America, Jeremy Renner (“Thor,” “The Hurt Locker”) as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo (“The Kids Are Alright”) as Hulk, Scarlett Johansson (“Iron Man 2”) as Black Widow, Clark Gregg (“Iron Man,” “Thor”) as Agent Phil Coulson, and Samuel L. Jackson (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) as Nick Fury. Set for release in the US on May 4, 2012, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the first feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009.
Continuing the epic big-screen adventures started in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor,” and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers” is the Super Hero team up of a lifetime. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as SHIELD, finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster.
Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, “Marvel’s The Avengers” brings together the mightiest Super Hero characters as they all assemble together on screen for the first time. The star studded cast of Super Heroes will be joined by Cobie Smulders (“How I Met Your Mother) as Agent Maria Hill of SHIELD, as well as Tom Hiddleston (“Wallander”) and Stellan Skarsgård (“Angels & Demons,” “Mamma Mia!”) who will both reprise their respective roles as Loki and Professor Erik Selvig from the upcoming MarvelStudios’ feature “Thor.”
“Marvel’s The Avengers” is being produced by Marvel Studios’ President, Kevin Feige, and executive produced by Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Patty Whitcher, and Jon Favreau. Marvel Studios’ Jeremy Latcham and Victoria Alonso will co-produce.
The creative production team also includes Oscar® nominated director of photography Seamus McGarvey (“Atonement”), production designer James Chinlund (“25th Hour”), Oscar winning costume designer Alexandra Byrne (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”), Oscar winning visual effects supervisor Janek Sirrs (“Iron Man 2,” “The Matrix”), visual effects producer Susan Pickett (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”), stunt coordinator R.A. Rondell (“Superman Returns”), and four-time Oscar nominated special effects supervisor Dan Sudick (“Iron Man,” “War of the Worlds”). The editors include Oscar nominated Paul Rubell (“Collateral”) and Jeffrey Ford (“Crazy Heart”).
Marvel Studios most recently produced “Iron Man 2” which was released in theatres on May 7, 2010. The sequel to “Iron Man,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow as well as Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke, took the number one spot its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million. To date the film has earned over $620 million in worldwide box office receipts.
In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies, “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk.” “Iron Man,” in which Robert Downey Jr. originally dons the Super Hero’s powerful armor alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008 and was an immediate box office success. Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million its opening weekend and grossed over $571 million worldwide. On June 13, 2008, Marvel released “The Incredible Hulk” marking its second number one opener of that summer. The spectacular revival of the iconic green goliath grossed over $250 million in worldwide box office receipts.
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Sorry for the lack of updates lately! It’s been crazy in real life. I’ve added scans from Wizard Magazine‘s January 2009 issue, it’s a great read since the second movie hadn’t even started shooting then. Check them out below!
- Magazine Covers and Articles > Wizard (January 2009)
The Avengers has just started filming so hopefully we’ll have some RDJ/plot related news soon. Personally I’m anxious to find out more about Iron Man 3 right now.
There’s a new article about Iron Man 3‘s new director, Shane Black and where the third part of the franchise might be headed:
Black pointed out that the studio was not pleased with the direction of Iron Man 2 and that the third film will not be “two men in iron suits fighting each other,” but, instead, would play more like a Tom Clancy thriller, with Iron Man’s opponents being more real-world than comic book.
Reportedly the film will not feature other Marvel heroes, because the plan is that post-Avengers the various films will focus on individual heroes, and that the crossovers were designed primarily as a lead in to that Joss Whedon-directed film.”
Take this with a grain of salt since it’s not a direct quote from Black, but it seems legit. Personally, I think it’s pretty awesome that they’re going back to the formula that made the first film so special.
Thanks to tonypepper @ LJ for the heads up.
I’ve also added HQ images of Gywneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr at the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party. Jude Law, Susan Downey and other are also present.
- Other Events > Vanity Fair Oscars After Party 2011