Iron Man 2: Favreau Talks Mandarin, War Machine & More

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In a live chat with the Los Angeles Time, Jon Favreau discussed where things stand with Iron Man 2, and RopeOfSilicon.com was kind enough to clean up the results and extract some interesting new information.

Among the items revealed were where they are as far as the script, comparisons to The Dark Knight, and why some superhero movies fail.

Here’s a bullet point list of what’s new and interesting about Iron Man 2:

  • They have not yet settled on a villain, but The Mandarin is still in the background pulling the strings.
  • He is working with writer Justin Theroux on the first draft of the script.
  • The gist of the story is what happens now that Tony Stark has said “I am Iron Man.”
  • Jon hinted that Sam Jackson may appear in the movie as Nick Fury (as opposed to the disconnected cameo in the first film).
  • When asked about War Machine he replied: “We need War Machine. Agreed. Shoulder cannons and all.”
  • Regarding the early May 2010 target date for release of the film, he said that it’s daunting, however they’re making faster progress due to less design required and fewer casting issues.
  • Regarding The Dark Knight, he said that it gave “a new found credibility” to the superhero movie genre and that he’s sure it won’t be overlooked come Oscar season.

Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and Terrence Howard will all be returning for the sequel.

Regarding why some directors just don’t “get” the superhero genre, Favreau gave a great answer that reflected why both Iron Man and The Dark Knight did so well:

“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”

Regarding The Mandarin and potential bad guys, he made this interesting comment:

“We have an interesting take on him that allows us to incorporate the whole pantheon of villains.”

So… War Machine? Gotta have the shoulder cannons? Honor the source material? More SHIELD?

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I know it’s WAY early but I think that Favreau and the gang are on the right track once again and that we have another kick-butt movie to look forward to that will not only concentrate on the characters but will have even more action than the first film.

Iron Man 2 is scheduled to open on May 7, 2010.

For more detail from the chat including how the Marvel Universe is inter-related in the different upcoming movies be sure to visit Rope of Silicon.

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  1. Please make at least 6 more Iron Man movies or 1,000 Iron Man movies. That’s all I have to say. Any questions my e-mail address is lehmberhussainpuri@yahoo.com and my name is Anmoldeep.

  2. Awesome, awesome, awesome! I watched the Iron Man DVD and I think it’s gonna be one of my favorite films of all time, much like Batman Begins moved into that position over the last 3 years since its release.

    heath

  3. Now if I-Max could just make their camera a little more portable…

  4. “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”

    Even worse still is a combination of all three. Once that happens, there’s no reason to even have the name of the franchise on the film. I’m pleased to see that there’s a director out there who understands this, and respects the source material.

    If only more directors felt that way.

  5. I was in dire suffering while waiting for Iron Man to be released (film & DVD.) And now that suffering starts all over again. May 2010 is just too far away.

  6. I wonder if they are going to do a league of villains type thing. I’m so excited…yah!

  7. “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”

    Sounds like LGF’s handling of Punisher: War Zone

  8. I still haven’t seen it! :-(

    Niall

  9. So pumped. Once again, one of the best directed, cested, and written films of all time.

    Yay.

  10. Niall, what’s the prob??? ;-)
    I watched Iron Man again today, and it just gets better.

    It was interesting to see the deleted scenes. They hold a few clues to the overall comic canon, that was edited out of the film.
    Btw I felt all the deleted scenes were justifiably deleted.

    Great film. 8-)
    Can’t hardy wait for IM2.

  11. Can someone tell me where I can find a time-machine? My geek-a-meter is going crazy and I don’t think I can wait for Star Trek, Iron Man 2, Avengers, Captain America (and yes, I mean CAPTAIN AMERICA), Green Lantern, etc… 8-)

  12. Sweet! Mandarin? Awesome! :D I hope they don’t touch on Tony’s alcohal problem though.

    Next year is like ’07 all over again (sans Trek) for me. :(

    2010 will be all kinds of awesome tho! For me, it goes like this as far as movies are concerned:

    1. Green Lantern
    2. Iron Man 2
    3. whatever other DC film
    4. Thor

    Bring it on! :D

    can’t wait for Capt America…

  13. They really nailed this one. I don’t think they could have picked anyone better to be Tony Stark. Very true to the comic I remember so well. And RDJ’s voice? A girl just melts. Very thankful they didn’t “kid” this one out; they left the character very much an adult. Can’t wait for the next!

  14. I agree with leaving the “kid” out of it. Leave that for your animated projects.
    Did anyone else notice (I watched it again the other night) that the terrorist group made mention of the “10 Rings”? I wonder if that was alluding to the Mandarin being the behind the scenes bad guy.
    They have said they have “an interesting take” on the Mandarin for the movies so I’m assuming it’s not going to be a super powered bad guy but more along the lines of a classic lex luthor type.
    A powerful guy in some sort of power position (possibly government) that is secretly trying to maneuver himself into a better global position, etc. which brings him into direct confrontation with Iron Man and then Fury (SHIELD) and then the Avengers? Should be interesting.

  15. Hey you guys hear that Howard is out and Cheadle is in for the sequel.

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