Jon Favreau and The Future of IRON MAN IMAX and 3D

by Joey Paur

It looks like Jon Favreau and Stan Lee had a little press conference today to promote the new Iron Man DVD coming out next week. During the conference it looks like Jon had much to say about Iron Man 2 and 3 and IMAX and 3D.

Thats right folks Jon would love to film Iron Man 2 in IMAX and 3D. According to Collider he said in the end it all comes down to cost and if Marvel will fit it in the budget. How amazing would Iron Man be in 3D and IMAX. It would blow my socks off! If he ends up being able to do it that way I'm in. Just imagine Iron Man flying around in 3D, the armor, everyhting would just look awesome! Just as long as he stays away from the cheap 3D in your face gimmick I hate that. If they don't do it in 3D I wont die, but seeing it in IMAX would be pretty fantastic. They should do that no matter what.

As for the story CHUD has got some information you will be interested in hearing here is some of what they say:

- While it's still early in the process, Favreau said that he very much wants War Machine in the second film. He said that Rhodey had a smaller than anticipated role in the first movie and that he would like to rectify that.

I think we all figured War Machine was going to be in the sequel but its nice to get confirmation.

- Happy Hogan will also be getting more screentime, he said. 'Or else I walk!' he threatened.


- The Mandarin is the overarching, behind the scenes villain of Favreau's planned trilogy, but he's very aware of how hard it is to keep a character like that cool. He compared it to The Emperor from Star Wars - when you first see him, you're blown away that Darth Vader is bowing down to someone but by Jedi you just want The Emperor to shut up. And by Clone Wars he's a sidekick.

Tricky, but he can pull it off. He kinda has to.

- The Mandarin is also 'surrounded by minefields,' specifically the racial aspects and the fact that his powers are arcane in nature. Favreau is very aware of keeping his Iron Man films playing by their own rules, and that seems to preclude magic rings, especially ones that Favreau says would upset the very balance of nature in the universe. Don't expect to see The Mandarin in robes jumping around shooting freeze rays. They were thinking that a traditional Mandarin might work until they saw the trailers for the new Mummy - 'They had The Mandarin and Fin Fang Foom!' Favreau said.

Yes they did and it was awful!

- The reality of Iron Man is something he's very concerned with when it comes to The Avengers. Favreau thinks Hulk and Captain America work to an extent in Iron Man's universe, but he's not 100% sure about Thor.

Thor would be a hard one, but if they really wanted to they could make it work.

- Favreau wants to complicate the personal stories in the sequels, not the plot lines. He sort of pointed at The Dark Knight as a movie that had a very complicated plot, and said he wanted to make his movies the kind of films where you don't have to study up on what came before. To him it's about the characters first and the stories should be simple and fun.

- The burgeoning new Cold War interests Favreau. World events have made many of Iron Man's stories and enemies current again. Could we be seeing Crimson Dynamo?


- Favreau is aware that the end battle of Iron Man wasn't that spectacular, and he's looking to really up the ante on the action next time. He said that he learned a lot about shooting action on the first film; the scene where Iron Man shoots the hostage takers in the desert town was the very last bit that Favreau shot for the film after reshoots, and he thinks that he found the way to incorporate humor and character into his action there.

Well, at least he is willing to admit it was a bit weak sauce, but he seems more than willing to remedy that.

- He's really excited about Matt Fraction's run on the Iron Man comic, and he hints that these comics - which he feels also feed off the movie - will inform the next film. He's looking to meet with Fraction soon.

I'll have to go and check that out.

- Demon In A Bottle is coming. Favreau sees his trilogy as almost one long story, comparing it less to the Spider-Man films, which are modular, and more to The Lord of the Rings or even a season of a TV show.

So there ya have it folks! Iron Man will be back! This is some great news andI'm excited to hear more as it comes available. What do you think? Do you like the direction Favreau want's to take Iron Man?

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