“Iron Man 2” Details from Director

* We’re playing with who the villain should be and what we should incorporate from the comic book. And how it will lead into the Avengers.

* 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 the Hulk and traditionally Captain America as well. As it is, it’s scheduled Thor will come out the same summer as "Iron Man2" and Captain America will come out a few months before Avengers. All the films have to come together to create a consistent universe. That’s very important to everyone involved.

* 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.

* I’m working with Justin [Theroux] a writer. 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.

* 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 IM 1 was a good tease for it.

* No Dresden, but Marty and Elayne would make good super villains.

* The sequel is shaping up to incorporate Tony’s vision for the future. What happens after he says "I am Iron Man?"

* Happy Hogan can no longer be a wall flower. I must marry Pepper someday. And let’s not rule out the Freak! I have tremendous leverage to make such demands! Stay tuned.

* Shield is important to the franchise, and what is Shield without Fury?

* We need War Machine. Agreed. Shoulder cannons and all.

* Stark has issues with booze. That’s part of who he is. I don’t think we’ll ever do the Leaving Las Vegas version, but it will be dealt with.

* Sam Rockwell could’ve been a cool Tony if not RDJ (Robert Downey Jr). Go see Choke. It’s great. Directed by Clark (Agent Coulson) Gregg.

* 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.

* Female villain… Now there’s an interesting notion.

* Tough to actually shoot in IMAX when you have a CG hero much of the time. The effects become very expensive and may not look as good in the higher resolution. Worked very well for [The Dark Knight], though.

* Iron Man is indeed a celebrity. He announced who he was and we have now officially departed from the standard secret ID superhero. Tony was already famous before the announcement. What would really happen if this went down? Fun to explore.

 

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