In the nearly three weeks since Shane Black signed on to direct Marvel’s Iron Man 3, many have wondered whether the established screenwriter — Lethal Weapon and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, for starters — would try his hand at the sequel’s script. Well, wonder no longer.
Ain’t It Cool News reports that Black appeared at the Omaha Film Festival, where he confirmed he will, indeed, direct and write the third installment of the franchise, and plans to get story input this week from star Robert Downey Jr. (Black directed Downey in the 2005 crime/dark comedy film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.)
According to the reader report, Marvel executives weren’t pleased with Iron Man 2 — but, hey, it grossed more than $620 million worldwide — so the third movie will move away from “two men in iron suits fighting each other” and toward a Tom Clancy-style thriller, “with Iron Man fighting real world villians.”
Black also reportedly said that Iron Man 3 will be made after the Joss Whedon-directed Avengers and, therefore, won’t feature the character cameos that Marvel has used to build toward that movie. After The Avengers is released in 2012, the studio plans to return to “self-contained, single-character stories.”