It's Official: Shane Black Will Direct 'Iron Man 3' for Marvel Studios

February 17, 2011
Source: Deadline

Iron Man / Shane Black

Earlier this month we heard Lethal Weapon writer and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director Shane Black was in contention to helm Marvel's Iron Man 3, the next installment in the lucrative comic book sequel. While his directing the project was far from a sure thing at the time, apparently Marvel likes what Black is bringing to the table and Deadline reports the filmmaker is currently in final negotiations to direct the blockbuster sequel. Though initially it was said that Black would also write the script, apparently the details remains to be confirmed. But considering how well Black worked with Robert Downey Jr. in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, I have high hopes.

Of course, there's a bit of a concern since the only film in Black's filmography is the aforementioned dark noir comedy, but Jon Favreau hadn't directed any action tentpoles either before taking on Iron Man. There's still no news on when Iron Man 3 may start production, and a release date isn't being set prematurely either, so it's unclear how soon Black will begin working for Marvel. Right now he's working on Doc Savage for Sony and he was recently linked to an American adaptation of the Japanese manga series Death Note. Even with those projects in line, this will undoubtedly be Black's biggest project to date. Are you happy to have Shane Black on Iron Man 3?

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I'm guessing Tony Stark will get too old for that sh*t!

Remco on Feb 17, 2011


Hope he does great liked Kiss kiss, Would love to see Paul Verhoeven direct when Shanes done

Loser on Feb 17, 2011


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! john favrou shrewd Iron man 2 so bad!!!. He had done an awesome job with the first iron man flick. I guess what fucked up iron man was two many CGI and too many avengers stuff going around, and not too many whiplash i have high hopes for this guy, and still hoping for him to bring back terrance howard as rhodey cause don cheedle didn't do a good job. Iron Man 3!!!

Luis_306 on Feb 17, 2011


and lets hope they hurry it up a bit cause robert downy jr is getting a little too old for this stuff haha

Luis_306 on Feb 17, 2011


yeah i agree on the war machine actor, he was far to bossy in iron man 2, the 1st guy was way better!

Dave on Feb 17, 2011


I was under the impression that Marvel railroaded Favreau into making Iron Man 2 "their way." Which is why Iron Man 2 sucked. Incidentally, that happens to be the reason why The Hulk, X3, and Wolverine blew a**. Anything that carries Marvel' stamp is in danger of being sabotaged by the studio.

Quazzimotto on Feb 18, 2011


Amen..... I was thinking there HAD to be a reason why Fav's wadn't directing, just on revenue alone. Hopefully it doesn't get worse. Never thought I'd finding myself wishing for the "good o'l days" of marvel so soon but it seems (to me) that the first 2 Blade's, X2, Spidey 2 and Ironman are the gold standard.

Anonymous on Feb 18, 2011


Neither of you know what you are talking about. Marvel as a movie studio had nothing to do with X3, Wolverine, nor any of the Blade films or Spiderman films. They took over to make The Hulk, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, and The Avengers themselves.

AudioOut on Feb 18, 2011


I agree. The Hulk SUCKED! The Incredible Hulk was great. Ed Norton did a great job taking on the script chores and not wanting credit. Ya see how Marvel did him, right? Wolverine was okay to me but he wasn't savage enough. I still liked X3. It was fine to me except the end when 5-6 x-men took on an army of bad guys, while the MAIN bad guys just looked on.

JUDASBARRONX1 on Feb 18, 2011


I totally agree with everything you stated. Iron Man 2 was a horrible sequal, and I hope they also bring back Terrance Howard as Rhodey. Shane Black is an awesome writer. Lethal Weapon 1 & 2 were great and I really enjoyed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. I think He and Downey will deliever a great film. They really should cast Val Kilmer in this. He and Downey were great together in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Last Son on Feb 18, 2011


Yeah I'm sure Terrence has learnt his lesson. No more money whoring

Japetto on Feb 18, 2011


I thought Iron Man 2 was fine but it almost felt like Marvel put there two cents in and that's why Favreau left. Norton said the same thing. Marvel does havecontrol but they WANT certain things in their movies. Sam Raimi has said the same thing about Marvel. “They really gave me a tremendous amount of control on the first two films, actually. But then there were different opinions on the third film and I didn’t really have creative control, so to speak.”

Judasbarronx1 on Feb 18, 2011


Yes! this is a great day.

Anonymous on Feb 17, 2011


This is a kick-ass start! I'm sure Black will bring his A-game to this 3rd flick like Favreau did for the 1st, "Iron Man"!

Spider on Feb 18, 2011


I called this. I feel proud. Give me a job,

Sparky on Feb 18, 2011


Robert Downy jr. cool actor , Iron Man the movies ..not so cool $

ChrisC5g on Feb 18, 2011



Mattias Nielsen on Feb 18, 2011


Shane Black is a pro. He will smash this shit out of the park and break some windows on the moon.

Lebowski on Feb 18, 2011


fuccn A i hope he does a great job and FINALLY brings in the mandrian!!

Croniccris on Feb 18, 2011


Still disappointed that Favreau isn't returning, but Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is one of my favorite movies.

Craig on Feb 18, 2011


I'd rather see Shane put his talents to an original piece of work than a third Iron man. It's been years since the freshness of Kiss, Kiss.

John J on Feb 19, 2011


he better not disappoint

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


he better not disappoint

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


still have no reason.why they replaced Howard with Cheedle..Howard is an awesome actor in his own right

Tsingtao44 on Dec 7, 2012

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