Iron Man 3 writer/director Shane Black already has a vision for his upcoming take on Marvel's crimson clad conqueror, and recently speaking to Ain't It Cool News, he's let it loose. With the crossover buildup consisting of Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers all lined-up on deck, it seems a bit odd to be looking past them. However, for Black, he proceeds with the knowledge that he's taking on not only one of the hottest comic book franchises ever, but a franchise that is now directly tied into the storyline canon of at least four other films. (With the Avengers crossover strategy officially beginning with 2008's The Incredible Hulk.) Once a prominent action film scribe, Iron Man 3 will soon find Black directing what will be only his second feature film. While he will be meeting with star Robert Downey Jr. to flesh out the story, Black's vision will apparently take Iron Man away from the bells and whistles of computer-generated robots and explosions and more into the pathological dramas we've seen in Christopher Nolan's Batman films. So, will Robert Downey have to get emo and practice a gravelly voice?
While AICN did not conduct a transcripted interview, they did manage to get some productive tidbits out of Black.
Firstly, expect a realistic world and realistic supervillains. It seems that Iron Man 2 was not viewed as a creative accomplishment by the folks at Marvel. While it did manage to out-gross its predecessor at the box-office, it still did not live up to its potential. The culprit in question, is something farcically described as "two men in iron suits fighting each other;" a concept which Black would go out of his way to make clear would NOT be something in focus for the third film. Instead, expect what is being described more as a Tom Clancy thriller, with heavy drama and worldwide implications resulting from the battles with supervillains more grounded in a more grim reality. (Which is sort of Nolan-esque.)
Secondly, Black will be looking to stay away from including characters from the other Avengers films. While there is no word on whether that will mean a complete moratorium on cameos from those characters, it does mean that you shouldn't hold your breath if you think Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Falcon will show up to get Tony Stark's back while giant mutant calamari who shoot lasers out of their rear-ends stage an attack on Stark Industries. Yup, this certainly won't be "The Avengers 1.5," it's going to be all Iron Man.
I'm pretty optimistic about what we're hearing and I agree with the idea of not crowding this film with Avengers members, since the concept of "the team-up" should remain a signature of The Avengers brand and not so much the solo films.
However, I do hope that he won't be overzealous in the "realistic" mandate. The primary reason for this, is because this film absolutely MUST have The Mandarin as its villain. (And I certainly don't think I'm in the minority on that view.) Yes, seeds have been planted in the first film with the mention of the "Ten Rings" terrorist group, which was the first hint of Mandarin's machinations into non-magical militaristic incidents of the world. Yet, part of his mystique is the magic of the rings that he wields, and it would be a shame for someone who is arguably Iron Man's signature villain to have his attributes altered just to accommodate rooting him in the real world. We can bring realistic elements to him, but at the end of the day, I want the Fu Manchu-looking, robe-wearing guy with the magic rings. (Okay, so maybe he can only wear the robes in a couple scenes.)
Iron Man 3 is set to hit theaters on May 3, 2013.
How is Shane Black's vision of the film sounding so far to you?
Source: Ain't It Cool News