Jon Favreau, director of the upcoming sequel to this year’s summer blockbuster Iron Man, has revealed that the villain Mandarin will be in the film.
The actor/director spoke to Coming Soon about the project, which is slated for a release in 2010, when he revealed that the villain will be appearing, although he may be slightly different to what fans of the comic are expecting. “We do have him and I think it’s something where I feel a little bit goes a long way. So there’s a lot of other characters and a lot of other countries that have become very interesting lately that fit very well into our universe. The Iron Man canon has become incredibly cogent and applicable once again.”
Favreau also expressed concern about how the current model of handling crossovers between Marvel properties in film will work, now that Thor and Captain America are on the horizon. He said that although the films so far have handled the bleed through in a grounded, almost technological sense, the appearance of the Thunder God will complicate things. “You get to Cap and you say, ‘Okay, he was frozen in that thing’, and it’s like, ‘Okay, I could maybe buy that, with the super-soldier thing’. Then you get into Thor and it’s like, ‘Okay, well now…’ and so how do you make that all feel like it’s in the same world as our movie is? That’s going to be the challenge moving forward.”