Iron Man director Jon Favreau today said that Iron Man 3, which is currently set for a May 3rd 2013 release, will follow on from the events of Thor, Captain America and The Avengers instead of being a direct sequel to Iron Man 2. It makes sense, as we will next see Tony Stark in The Avengers during the summer of 2012, so his story will follow on from whatever he gets up to in that movie.
Favreau spoke more about the upcoming Marvel slate and his involvement with MTV:
“In theory, ‘Iron Man 3’ is going to be a sequel or continuation of ‘Thor,’ ‘Hulk,’ ‘Captain America’ and ‘Avengers,'” he said. “This whole world… I have no idea what it is. I don’t think they do either, from conversations I’ve had with those guys.”
Favreau indicated that the fluid nature of Marvel’s films up to, during, and even after filming makes it difficult to predict the exact nature of the movie universe when it comes time for “Iron Man 3.” With so many things likely to change between now and when the first word is written in the “Iron Man 3” script, the filmmaker said he’s can’t even venture a guess about what will be going on with Tony Stark when he returns to his solo adventures.
“Honestly, right now ‘Captain America’ and ‘Thor’ are their big priorities, and you learn things by shooting and making movies,” he explained. “The script is one thing, but when you actually see what you land on at the editing room — especially with Marvel where they film, cut, film some more and shape the film — you really learn as you go.”
So it looks like Favreau will have to gain access to The Avengers script before he can get started with Iron Man 3 (if he is indeed directing, I don’t think it has been officially confirmed yet as the film is still 3 years away). The process could be quite annoying for him as Iron Man is his franchise, but now the future of Tony Stark lies with another creative mind (Joss Whedon). I doubt Marvel would allow anything drastic to happen to the character, but it could ruin the flow of the Iron Man franchise.