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Sunday, September 14, 2008

New "Iron Man 2" Plans

Director John Favreau recently spoke about his plans concerning the decidedly rushed "Iron Man 2."

Favreau said he wants to see the "Iron Man" franchise to it's end, putting a third movie on the table as well. His plans include the following:

The villain known as the Mandarin is in talks to be the baddy for the next movie-- Although the director is still unsure as to how he will fit the character's mystical origins with the realistic, techno-savvy world displayed in the first film. It might be that the character will be saved for a third movie.

The directed also stated he was going to, "follow the first film's themes of integrating social and political themes into the adventure and fantasy, and he hinted at a current global situation providing some inspiration."

He also plans to integrate communication and /or acknowledgment with other heroes in the Marvel universe. Films such as "Captain America,""Thor," and "The Avengers" will arrive soon and Favreau intends to acknowledge them in some way. While he's not currently sure how he will do it for the next movie, he does plan to hint that there are other heroes in the Marvel universe much like the end of both "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk" did.

Finally, the director also wants to follow in the steps of "The Dark Knight" and film "Iron Man 2" with IMAX technology and even 3D technology.

As far as a third film goes, Favreau is having designs for War Machine sketched. The famous storyline known as "Demon in a Bottle," where Stark deals with alcohol abuse and Rhodey dawns the War Machine suit, is being considered for a third movie rather than the upcoming sequel.

Shwoo. Well... Has everyone digested all of that? I'm liking what I'm hearing so far. It's cool that Favreau has a long term plan for the third movie as well and doesn't want to pack in the whole "Demon in a Bottle" storyline with the second movie already. He seems to be very invested in the franchise and wants to do the best he can for it.

My only problem is the mention of 3D. The IMAX technology is incredible, as proved by "The Dark Knight," but I've found the entire 3D craze to be very lame. Hopefully Favreau will be too enthralled with IMAX to care for this 3D crap.

"Iron Man 2" arrives in theaters April 30, 2010.

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