Jon Favreau Chats With Fans About Iron Man 2
by Kevin Powers
October 2, 2008
For all of you that still have Iron Man on the brain, here's a few more tidbits from director Jon Favreau himself that should send you into Iron overload. Favreau recently participated in a live chat with the Hero Complex blog of the LA Times, and while he didn't reveal anything earth shattering, he does certainly stir the pot. As most of us know, the sequel to the perfect introduction of Tony Stark is due out on May 7th, 2010. There are a lot of decisions that have to be made between now and then, and in the meantime we'll all foam at the mouth for every morsel that's dropped. Here are a few crumbs for all of us to eat up.
On the release date: "The date is daunting. We are making much faster progress than the first time around and have much less to design and fewer casting issues. I am confident that 2010 is achievable if we continue working together as we have for the past few months. It has to be great, though. It has to be great."
On the film's progress: "I'm working with Justin [Theroux]. Justin is our writer. Robert Downey met him on Tropic Thunder. He's writing the first draft of the script. I'm working with a story board artist. As well as designing the costumes for good guys and bad guys." (Side bar: Justin Theroux is one the baddest dudes in Hollywood. Love the guy!)
On the continued role of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Sam Jackson as Fury: "S.H.I.E.L.D. is important to the franchise, and what is S.H.I.E.L.D. without Fury? We all came up with Sam [to play Fury]. I helped push for it."
On Terrance Howard as War Machine (You know, when his character looks at the armor and says, "some other time."): "We need War Machine. Agreed. Shoulder cannons and all."
On the interrelationships of the Marvel Universe (and by extension, the possibility of an Avengers movie): "Avengers is going to be. Now that Marvel is making its own movies, every movie has to fit into the Marvel Universe. The Avengers incorporates not just Iron Man, but Thor possibly Hulk and traditionally Captain America as well. As it is scheduled, Thor will come out the same summer as Iron Man 2; Captain America will come out a few months before Avengers. All the films have to come together to create a consistent universe. I think its important for all filmmakers working for Marvel to collaborate so there is a consistency in the films, so yes they should keep in touch. I had not been in touch really with Louis Leterrier during Hulk and I think that would have been helpful. I hope to be in contact with directors in the future."
On villains the possibility of Mandarin: "I think we need some version of 'classic villains' in these movies. Many don't hold up well to time and to the big screen, but their essence should inspire the characters. Mandarin is still an important figure in the Iron Man universe. We have an interesting take on him that allows us to incorporate the whole pantheon of villains. The whole 10 rings thing in Iron Man was a good tease for it."
That's all the updates there is for now, but we can expect Favreau and company to bring us plenty more over the next few months. Downey Jr. is currently shooting Sherlock Holmes in England but will be back early next year to start work on Iron Man 2. Those interested in reading the full transcript from the live chat can find it on the Hero Complex site. The sequel is still in very early development, but it's definitely great to hear about all the latest from Favreau. As always, stay tuned for more updates as we receive them!