A couple of weeks after Iron Man was released Marvel got all excited and instantly set a release date of April 30th 2010, which seems a heck of a long time away. Then yesterday it was revealed that Iron Man 2 would begin filming in March 2009, which made sense and gave director Jon Favreau and company just over a year to get it all sorted. However, today Jon Favreau told fans on his message boards:
It’s been five weeks since the one and only phone call my reps have gotten from Marvel. I know their hands are full with the Hulk and I’m sure they will get into it shortly, as they tell me they intend to. I ran into the Marvel guys at the Hulk premiere and everyone sounded eager to get to work on IM2.
I am concerned, however, about the announced release date of April 2010. Neither Robert nor I were consulted about this and we are both concerned about how realistic the date is in light of the fact that we have no script, story or even writers hired yet. This genre of movie is best when it is done thoughtfully and with plenty of preparation. It might be better to follow the BB/DK, X/X2 three year release pattern than to scramble for a date. It is difficult because there are no Marvel 09 releases and they need product, but I also think we owe it to the fans to have a great version of IM2 and, at this point, we would have less time to make it than the first one.
I suppose that’s the problem with studios who have to get movies out and set release dates. As Favreau said, Marvel do not have anything coming out in 2009, apart from X-Men Origins: Wolverine but that is a Fox/Marvel movie. After The Incredible Hulk is released within days that is it for Marvel until 2010 when they have Thor, and hopefully Iron Man 2.
If Marvel, Jon Favereau and Robert Downey Jr wanted too they could get it out for April 2010, however it is better to go steady and get it right rather than setting a release date and rushing to make it.