While we impatiently wait for Iron Man 3 to be released in theaters, here's an interview with Robert Downey Jr. as he reflects on getting in on the Iron Man action, and Shane Black talking about the future installments of the franchise.
Here's what Downey Jr. had to say to Esquire:
I think Iron Man wound up being the first time I screen-tested since Chaplin. As far as I was concerned, it was destiny. Now, I can't tell you how many people are sitting around with the cold, hard evidence that it wasn't. I just wasn't going to let lack of perseverance, lack of preparation, or lack of prayer get in the way. I just went crazy — in a good way. And suddenly it occurred to me, Oh my God, Stan Lee might not know this, but everything he created has all been leading to this moment. It's me. Then I thought, Hold on a second, dude, is this just some sort of neurotic personality meltdown happening here? And then I thought, Nah, that feels different.
I enjoy Robert's sense of humor! By the way, if you haven't seen Chaplin yet you should definitley watch it! It's one of his best performances ever. Black talked to Premiere in a seperate interview, and he talked a little about the future of the franchise saying:
I have the feeling that the story that we have developed for Iron Man 3 actually concluded a trilogy, while [also] leaving the door open to a fourth. I had a lot of discussions on this subject: "Is that it is the last Iron Man for Robert? " . Something tells me that it will not be the case, and will be seen in a fourth, or fifth ... But I can be a little excited.
He goes on to talk about being approached to direct the film,
When Marvel hires a director, the script of the film is generally already written. Except that they had someone who is a writer at the base ... This was a problem at first, because they had already hired Drew Pierce to write Iron Man 3. I was like, "But I do not need this Drew Pierce, what's the story?" (laughs) I finally agreed to meet him, and it was immediately heard. Today I am not only a fan of Drew Pierce, but I've also become a friend. He came [to my] home everyday, we asked our leaf and our pencil and brainstorming from morning to night. The script was really written for four hands. Excellent collaboration because they had already hired Drew Pierce to write.
Iron Man 3 is set to open in 3D and 2D theaters on May 3rd, 2013, and it's going to be everything we want it to be an more!