Well, Marvel certainly wasted no time in starting their search for a replacement once Jon Favreau announced he wouldn’t be returning to the Iron Man franchise to direct the third installment. Marvel is meeting with a number of directors to find their man, but one of those directors in contention is now known: Shane Black. Black is the screenwriter behind Lethal Weapon 1 and 2, and most recently wrote and directed the fantastic Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, starring Iron Man himself Robert Downey Jr.
With Black being in contention, this shows that Marvel is certainly thinking outside the box. His rapport with RDJ definitely helps his chances, but he’s never really tackled anything this large-scale before (then again, neither had Favreau). I’m willing to bet Black would make one hell of an entertaining film, so I’m all for it. THR is quick to point out that this does not mean that Black is a sure thing to helm Iron Man 3, but he has met with the studio and given them his take on the third film. Iron Man 2 definitely had its problems, and felt much more like a trailer for The Avengers than a film all its own. Here’s hoping Marvel finds someone who can put their own spin on the flick while also making it a great stand-alone effort. Iron Man 3 is set to be released on May 3, 2013.