Iron Man in a post-Avengers world

By Dr. Know on July 1st, 2011

So I don’t know where all of you stand on this issue, but after the grand-slam home run that was the first Iron Man movie, I was initially pretty amped for the second installment. I figured with Robert Downey, Jr. returning, as well as Jon Favreau taking the helm once more all was in place for more kick-ass Marvel magic. What could go wrong, right?

Then I saw the movie.

Sadly, I thought Iron Man 2 was a misfire on Marvel’s part. It was by no means the disaster the Fantastic Four movies were, but it certainly paled in comparison to the original. Much of this lied with the fact that so much of what was going on in the second film had to do with setting up The Avengers, which is currently in production.  It was pretty clear Marvel was crow-barring Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D., and Black Widow into the story.  Yes, I know, I’m well aware of what essential ingredients they are to setting up Earth’s mightiest crime-fighting squad; however, Tony Stark himself seemed to fall by the wayside in the second go-around. Sure, he was battling the bottle, feuding with Rhodey, and the sexual tension between himself and Pepper Potts was evident, but it all felt like it was playing second fiddle to the magnum-opus Marvel has planned for multiplexes next summer.

Not so for the third chapter says producer Kevin Feige. While the past few years have been about creating franchises that could crossover to The Avengers, the only definite sequel right now in the Marvel universe is Iron Man 3. Yes, there are sequels for Thor and Captain America in development, but those, just like any movie in Tinseltown, could hit a road bump in development hell at any moment. 

When speaking to Film Journal International, Feige went on to say, “Audiences will see that Tony Stark is going back into his own world. There will be acknowledgements to the events of The Avengers and the character journey he took there, but he’s not going to be having tea with Thor and calling Nick Fury every five minutes.”

Currently, Iron Man 3 is in the script stage, with Drew Pearce (No Heroics) banging out the first draft. The great news – if you haven’t heard and have been living on Mars – is the fact screen scribe-turned-director Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang) is directing this mofo. That in and of itself should be enough for fanboys everywhere to rejoice and have hope for a better Iron Man in a post-Avengers world.