Shane Black Says 'Iron Man 3' Will Be a Tom Clancy Style Thriller
Just recently we learned that Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director Shane Black would be at the helm of Iron Man 3, the next sequel in Marvel's blockbuster comic book franchise. Though his directing the film was confirmed, it wasn't clear if Black, who has a strong history in screenwriting with films like Lethal Weapon in his history, would also be writing the script. Now it seems we have confirmation as AICN has word from an attendee at the Omaha Film Festival where the writer/director appeared as a panelist and declared he was also writing the script. In addition, Black also talked about his approach to the film. More below!
Though there aren't any direct quotes, apparently Black said the studio wasn't very pleased with the direction Iron Man 2 went, though it's been said they were the reason the story was such a mess anyway. The big contention seems to be the element of "two men in iron suits fighting each" other all over again. Black apparently said this sequel is more like a Tom Clancy-thriller (see films like Clear and Present Danger or Patriot Games) where Iron Man will fight real life villains.
While I don't completely take that to mean that we'll see Tony Stark just taking out Al Qaeda or various dictators around the world, I think the villain will be less like comic book showmen and more like vicious terrorists that make a big bang (literally and figuratively). The Ten Rings terrorist unit The Mandarin could still fit into this model. With Black on the script and this veer away from iron suits clashing, I'm only more confident in the writer/director being hired for the sequel.
In addition, apparently Iron Man 3 will not include any other heroes from the Marvel Universe. Considering many of the problems in Iron Man 2 seemed to stem from the subplot used to connect the film to The Avengers, this seems like a great decision. In addition, as a general statement, apparently Marvel is only doing crossover characters as a way to lead into The Avengers. After the superhero ensemble flick comes together, the plan is to return to stand alone, single character franchise stories. All of this sounds pretty great to me! What do you think?