Favreau is Working on Iron Man 2

With a 2010 release date on the horizon (barely a year and change from now, taking into consideration that the movie will probably be released in the Summer of 2010), it’s a pretty safe bet that Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., and the “Iron Man” team are either already starting work on “Iron Man 2″, or they’re about to. As in, really, really close. How long does it usually take to make a special effects heavy movie, anyway? About three years? Favreau’s got two to work with, and according to the L.A. Times, he’s already started “developing” the Marvel Comics sequel as we speak.

LAT:

I just talked to Jon Favreau a bit ago, and he said that while there hasn’t been an formal announcement on the sequel to “Iron Man,” he’s begun developing it. “We’re working on it now,” he said, “which hasn’t been officially announced. It will be released in 2010.”

No surprise there, of course. The first film in the franchise has pulled in well over a half-billion dollars in worldwide box office and was met with strong reviews.

Is there any doubt that The Mandarin will be making an appearance in the sequel? The first movie hinted at the villain’s presence in the background, now it’s time for him to step up and take his beating like a good boy. And hey, a little War Machine wouldn’t hurt, either…

Iron Man 2 in the Works