Speaking to Entertainment Weekly‘s Cape Town blog, Iron Man 3 director Shane Black confirmed that while the movie is all about Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr), there’s definitely scope for a few glimpses of his new friends.
“The whole Avengers thing [with $1.5 billion in global box office] was such a relief and such a confirmation of [Marvel Studios President] Kevin Feige’s vision for this all along,” explained Downey Jr. “As Kevin has put it, the next step after that is to bring in someone like Shane Black”
“And – without pretending that the Avengers don’t exist – find a way to go back to a kind of re-investigation of Tony’s world,” picked up the director, “which he thought would be, one, fun for the audience and, two, would rock in a different way than The Avengers.
“But we can’t help it – everywhere you look now in every Marvel movie there are opportunities where certain new pals of his could be useful. So they’re in the atmosphere, so to speak, but I wouldn’t expect to see them on the ground in this one.”