Downey Already Eyeing "Iron Man 3"

Between director Joss Whedon dropping hints as to the group dynamic and photos of Chris Evans in modern Captain America gear hitting the web, it would seem that all the attention of Marvel Studios (or at least their fans) is focused on next summer's "The Avengers" film. But today, one of Marvel's mainstay stars is already focusing on the next phase of the movie universe as he still completes his team player role.

The LA Times Hero Complex blog has a new interview up with actor Robert Downey, Jr. where Tony Stark himself hints that he's already prepping to team up with director Shane Black for "Iron Man 3." A legendary (and legendarily young) Hollywood crime writer whose directorial debut - "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang" - was an early example of Downey's comeback potential, Black's signature wit (honed in the early "Lethal Weapons" films) will be on display moving forward...but not as much as viewers may think. "The thing about Shane is that it will be anything but one of those moments," Downey told the paper of the more madcap parts of "Kiss Kiss," "unless we come up with something that is so cheeky and character-driven and perfect that it has to be in the movie.

"He's more than the sum of his parts and he's also kind of been a sleeper for a long time," Downey added. "We're not talking much about [the script] right now because Shane is off writing and we talked before that and when we are talking again the talking is going to be over pretty quick [because we're on the same page]. It's kind of like we're fighting on the same side and at the same time we're circling each other."

The article purports good will between Downey and previous "Iron Man" helmer Jon Favreau - especially since his replacement comes with such high credentials. "Bringing in Shane Black to write and direct 'Iron Man 3′ to me is basically the only transition from Favreau to a 'next thing' that Favreau and the audience and Marvel and I could ever actually sign off on...the fun thing is going to be getting Happy [Hogan] in the movie."

For more, check out Hero Complex, and stay tuned to CBR News and Spinoff Online for more on "The Avengers" and "Iron Man 3."

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