I wrote an article recently about Marvel going corporate and what would happen if they didn't stick to their guns. It seems they are starting to fall in line with the rest of the studio system and instead of rising above they are turning out to be just like the rest of the crowd. They want to release Iron man in April of 2010. To be able to meet that deadline they would need to start getting things rolling pretty quick. Heres the thing though, Marvel has still not talked to Jon Favreau or Robert Downey Jr. yet about setting up the deal and production yet marvel is excited to get started on it! Yesterday Jon had a little Q&A session on his myspace The question was asked:
Any good news on contract talks between you and Marvel yet?
Favreau's reply is a bit discouraging:
It’s been five weeks since the one and only phone call my reps have gotten from Marvel. I know their hands are full with the Hulk and I’m sure they will get into it shortly, as they tell me they intend to. I ran into the Marvel guys at the Hulk premiere and everyone sounded eager to get to work on IM2.
I am concerned, however, about the announced release date of April 2010. Neither Robert nor I were consulted about this and we are both concerned about how realistic the date is in light of the fact that we have no script, story or even writers hired yet. This genre of movie is best when it is done thoughtfully and with plenty of preparation. It might be better to follow the BB/DK, X/X2 three year release pattern than to scramble for a date. It is difficult because there are no Marvel 09 releases and they need product, but I also think we owe it to the fans to have a great version of IM2 and, at this point, we would have less time to make it than the first one.
Well, I hope they contact him soon! There is no way they would get another director to direct it! That would be the worst decision ever made. Right now Marvel is scrambling for the date but at what expence? The fans will be able to tell it is rushed! And instead of hearing applauds Marvel will begin to hear Boo's and grunts. Why follow up an amaing film with a sub par sequel? It needs to be just as good or better, and rushing it wont make it any better. Like Jon said a movie needs to be made "thoughtfully and with plenty of preparation." It seems they wont get that. Hopefully once Marvel and Jon do start to talk about Iron man 2 everything will work out. I hate to think about it or even bring it up, but I can see Marvel bringing in Brett Ratner to direct if it dosn't work out. And if Marvel can't make it work with Jon Favreau then they have truley lost their Mojo. What do you think will haappen?
- Dr. Venkaman