Iron Man 3 was helped by Star Trek’s JJ Abrams

JJ Abrams helped Iron Man 3 director Shane Black with the film’s third act

Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in Iron Man 3
Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in Iron Man 3

Speaking to IGN, Iron Man 3 star Robert Downey Jr revealed that at one point during the production, Marvel turned to Star Trek Into Darkness director JJ Abrams for help.

“There were a couple times in Iron Man 3 where our lifeline was we’d call Jon Favreau,” explained the actor.”‘What do we do?’ He’d be like, ‘Stick with this. Stick with the love story,’ or whatever. Then he’d say, ‘Wait, didn’t we used to do this same thing with Shane?’ Because we reached out to Shane a bunch, particularly in the first Iron Man.

“Then I think we reached out to JJ Abrams at one point when we were really confused in Act 3, and he helped us, too. It’s just interesting. Usually you think, in the legacy of filmmakers that come and go, there’s something so evocative about how strange it is that this particular strain of the Marvel universe was so successful, so what are the reasons for that and how do we keep that vital and just have fun?”

Iron Man 3 is in cinemas 26 April 2013. You can buy the Iron Man 1 & 2 Blu-ray Double Pack for £21.99 on Amazon.co.uk.