Last month it was confirmed that Shane Black, who directed Robert Downey Jr. in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2005 and was behind the scripts for Lethal Weapon and The Last Boy Scout, would be directing Iron Man 3.
While at the Omaha Film Festival recently Black apparently confirmed that he will also be writing the script, and spoke a little about what we can expect from his movie.
From an AICN scoopist:
He is scheduled to meet with Robert Downey Jr. this week when he returns to L.A. Downey will be contributing to the story and Shane will be writing it in addition to directing.
The studio was not happy with the direction Iron Man 2 took. Iron Man 3 will not be another “two men in iron suits fighting each other” film. Instead, it will be more like a Tom Clancy-thriller, with Iron Man fighting real world villians.
Iron Man 3 will be made after The Avengers and will not feature any other heroes from the Marvel Universe. Marvel is only doing crossover characters to lead up to The Avengers, and once that film is released, the plan is to go back to self-containted single-character stories.
Iron Man 1 and 2 director Jon Favreau always hinted that The Mandarin could feature at some point, so Black and Downey Jr. may decide to incorporate the villain somehow if he fits into their more grounded approach.
I quite like the idea of going back to single-character stories as it means we will get an actual Iron Man movie again, as opposed to a movie trying to set up 3 upcoming films. All the heroes will be together in The Avengers (and potential sequels) so they don’t need to keep crossing over, unless it somehow aids the story.
Marvel and Disney have set a May 3rd 2013 release date for the third film, which means Robert Downey Jr. will be suiting up for the fourth time sometime in 2012. The actor will begin filming The Avengers in May.