Jon Favreau on Iron Man 2
Jon Favreau has been talking about Iron Man 2 again. He held an online chat, and talked about where the sequel is just now. With a 2010 release date, they are forging ahead.
Seems like a short timescale to make a sequel in, but Favreau seems to think they're on course.
Jon Favreau held an online chat with the Los Angeles Times, and unsurprisingly the topic of Iron Man 2 came up a lot. He says that they are currently writing the first draft of the script, and he is also working with a storyboard artist as well. Linking the upcoming films together, and setting up The Avengers is part of the plan.
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 Man 2 and The First Avenger: 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.
Favreau is hoping that he will be able to confer with directors of other Marvel films, to help create a more integrated universe. He was also asked why he thought some superhero films bombed, and why The Dark Knight and Iron Man hit the spot.
The reason superhero films [fail] is either the director was unfamiliar [with the] source material or the director chose to depart from it for personal reasons. Another reason is that the studios that had the rights to a particular franchise would never think twice about compromising the source material if thought it would enhance the commercial appeal.
Couldn't agree more. When people take the source material seriously it usually hits the mark. There's few things more irritating than going to see a film which doesn't take the characters seriously. Also, when the release date of 2010 was announced, Favreau wasn't consulted, and was a bit worried if it was feasible or not. He says though that they are doing well so far.
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.
So it sounds like they are well under way, and pushing towards the release date. You can read the rest of the chat on The Los Angeles Times, or read more of the highlights over at Rope of Silicon. Are you excited about Iron Man 2?