Since Jon Favreau vacated the director’s seat on Iron Man to work as executive producer on The Avengers, the duty has fallen to Shane Black (writer of Lethal Weapon and director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang). It will be no easy task to deliver a Tony Stark story after audiences have seen him alongside Captain America, Thor and the Hulk that not only matches what has been told before in terms of spectacle, but also has a plausible reason for Stark to no longer be accompanied by his super powered team-mates. Downey Jr is convinced Black is up to the challenge, however, saying:
“I think that we have an opportunity with the third Iron Man to make the best of the three, and maybe one of the better superhero movies that’s ever been made. But I think we have to remember what made the first one good. It was very character-driven. It was very odd. It was kind of outrageous. And so I think we have to have the courage to trust that the audience is really kind of cool, and smart.” via Omelete.
With the second Iron Man movie grossing over $600,000,000 worldwide at the box office – significantly more than the other Avengers’ solo outings – Shane Black has a lot to live up to.