3D is all the rage these days, and recently at Comic-Con, the technology made several big appearances. Whether actually being shown or discussed, 3D was a big part of the convention in San Diego, where films like James Cameron's Avatar, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and Robert Zemeckis' A Christmas Carol showed off footage in the "come to life" technology.
Jon Favreau was also at Comic-Con, treating the 6,000-plus fans who were lucky enough to get into Hall H to the first ever footage from Iron Man 2. Screen Rant head honcho, Vic Holtreman, was one of those lucky folks and he (along with pretty much everyone else) has had nothing but amazing things to say about it.
However according to Favreau himself it could have been even better. He actually wanted to make the Iron Man sequel in 3D (he had hoped for this almost a year ago), and wants the third one done with the technology if possible. The director spoke to MTV about his liking for 3D and specifically praised James Cameron for what he's doing with Avatar:
"I really love the 3D... I like all the new technologies, 3-D being one of them. James Cameron had brought me around a few months back to see what he was doing with 'Avatar'; that's what's been seen now by many of the fans... It was exciting to go in there and see what he's doing with cutting-edge technology. He's just a great storyteller as well, and to see a great filmmaker working with the cutting-edge of this technology is amazing."
Favreau went on to say that he loved the footage he saw of Avatar so much that he almost made Iron Man 2 in 3D, but cited certain problems like time and money constraints, as well as it meaning you have to shoot it digitally, as reasons why he didn't:
"I talked to Marvel after I'd seen [Cameron's footage] about doing 'Iron Man ' in 3-D... I was hoping to get a shot at doing it this time around, but it didn't work out that way... There are a few drawbacks to it at this point - there's more cost involved, and it also forces you to shoot digitally. My cinematographer [Matthew Libatique] really likes film, and 'Iron Man' had a certain look because it was film."
But nonetheless Favreau remains optimistic about 3D being used for Iron Man 3:
"I think that, as the digital technology gets better, 3-D is going to be a lot easier... Certainly for 'Iron Man,' I think it would work out well."
Favreau says that even though Iron Man 2 wasn't shot with IMAX cameras, he'd like to see it "blown up" for IMAX nonetheless. The same thing was done for Star Trek this summer, and even The Dark Knight to some extent last summer (several scenes were shot with IMAX cameras).
Favreau goes on to remind us that he's not signed on to direct Iron Man 3 nor The Avengers movie that Marvel has lined up for 2012 (which, in case you don't know, will feature Iron Man along with Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Nick Fury). But he says he has talked to Marvel about the content of at least The Avengers, and he'll be involved in at least some capacity. With the great job he did with Iron Man (and that looks to continue with Iron Man 2) I hope he stays on as director for Iron Man 3 as well as The Avengers.
With regards to 3D, I think having that red and gold suit on the biggest screen possible, as well as feeling like you can reach out and grab it, can only be a plus. I'm sure Favreau - with both his enthusiasm for 3D and him proving with the first Iron Man that he knows what he's doing with the franchise - would utilize 3D in the right way.
What about you: Do you think the 3D and IMAX routes would be a good way to go for the Iron Man franchise? Or is it fine the way it is in 2D and on the standard screen?
Iron Man 2 is scheduled to be released on May 7th, 2010.