RDJ and Favreau Talk Iron Man 3

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In more concrete (no-brainer) comic book movie news, Robert Downey Jr. told MTV he is sure an “Iron Man 3″ will be forthcoming — not anytime soon, of course, with “The Avengers” up next for ol Shellhead, but eventually. You don’t put down a profitable franchise, after all.

“I think it’s going to go down. I know ‘Avengers’ is supposedly first on their docket, and we’ll see how all that pans out sooner rather than later.”

Jon Favreau says just as much to Comingsoon:

“They’ve asked me to be an Executive Producer on ‘The Avengers’ so I’ll be there to help as much as the director would want me to. ‘Iron Man 3′ is years down the road, and that has to reflect the reality of what’s been established not just in ‘Iron Man 1 and 2,’ but in movie time, between this film and that film, is ‘The Incredible Hulk,’ ‘Thor,’ ‘Captain America,’ and ‘The Avengers.’ I haven’t had to inherit anybody else’s backstory yet–it’s just simply what we chose to use or not use from the comic books–so I’m feeling like I’m passing the baton and after all those movies are done, it’s time to sit down and discuss if there’s something I can bring to it, if it’s something we want to do together, but that’s way down the road.”

It will certainly be interesting to see an “Iron Man 3″ movie after all the events of “Thor”, “Captain America”, and most importantly, “The Avengers” have hit the screen. Major movie franchises have never had to acknowledge each other’s existence before in such a concrete way, and it’ll be interesting to see if comic book cross-over storytelling can, well, cross over to big-time big-budget moviemaking.

As to the villain for “Iron Man 3″, Favreau seems to think it will, in all likelihood, be The Mandarin (below), a character whose presence in the “Iron Man” universe has been hinted at for some time now via an organization called the Ten Rings. The Mandarin, of course, is known for his ten powered rings, which he pits against Iron Man’s tech.

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I always hated the term “magical rings.” I know it's not your words. But they're alien, not magical. They were the gems that powered an alien ship. Bt I guess making the magic instead works for the magic vs tech thing. I say Ken Watanabe as the Mandarin. I'd have said Carey Hiryoki Tagawa but let's give Ken some more burn.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

    Wait, so they're not magic rings? I have to admit, not the biggest fan of Shellhead, so I actually thought they were magic. Weren't they magic in the animated movie?

  • ulik

    Watanabe could work, I always saw Hyroyuki Sanada as the Mandarin. He's Japanese but he actually speaks Mandarin Chinese. It absolutley needs to be alien tech not magic. They seem like magic because of it's strange and advanced power that no one else can understand how it works except for The Mandarin.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    That craptastic movie really messed the Mandarin up. You'd be better off watching the 90's show or at least the new Armored Adventures. They are ten gems (in some versions they were from the same ship Fin Fang Foom arrived in) that are basically the power source for a space ship. Mandarin found them and had them and has used them ever since. Each ring has a power.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandarin%27s_Rings

    Great break down here.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Sanada would work too. I just think Watanabe has some SERIOUS presence. Sanada does too, but just watch “Last Samurai.” They're both in it but I love Watanabe's Katsumoto. But Either could really work. I really want them to take it in a different direction than the comics and such. Make him like the head of Asian crime (not Yakuza, as it's not just Japanese crime) but he's been branching out, and created the organization “The Ten Rings” to include global crime. And I'd have him have given five of the rings to his lieutenants so that people know they are under the Mandarin. And then since Iron Man has been unwittingly interfering with his plans (by going after Stark Tech weapons) he would get his rings back (killing the hencman that failed him) and go after Tony himself and make himself known.

  • ulik

    Great! Awesome! I love that, that works! How would you approach his look and origin?

  • davidscholes

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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I'd have his origin remain the same as the comics mostly. Family was killed while young, raised by an embittered uncle who trained him in both science and martial arts, using the family fortune to do so. At 21 he traveled the world to further educate himself in these fields. It was upon such a journey that he came upon the alien ship and remains of the giant dragonlike creatures. He spent the next ten years studying the alien science and learning to use the rings. He then set forth to build his criminal empire. After a decade of taking over the Asian underworld, he creates “The Ten Rings” organization, named after his rings of power.
    As for his look, I'd have him wearing some traditional asian wear, but also have him in some damn fine suits as well. He'd be just as comfortable in a full-on kimono as a $5,000 business suit. He's been a Kaizer Soze type boss for so long he hungers for the chance to get his hadns dirty again. And defeating Iron Man would cement his hold over the criminal world and the economic world, which he has his hands in as well. I'd have him keep the white light, impact, disintegration, mento-intensifier, and matter rearranger rings. And I'd have him give the ice, heat, vortex, black light, and electro blast rings to his Lieutenants.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I'd have his origin remain the same as the comics mostly. Family was killed while young, raised by an embittered uncle who trained him in both science and martial arts, using the family fortune to do so. At 21 he traveled the world to further educate himself in these fields. It was upon such a journey that he came upon the alien ship and remains of the giant dragonlike creatures. He spent the next ten years studying the alien science and learning to use the rings. He then set forth to build his criminal empire. After a decade of taking over the Asian underworld, he creates “The Ten Rings” organization, named after his rings of power.
    As for his look, I'd have him wearing some traditional asian wear, but also have him in some damn fine suits as well. He'd be just as comfortable in a full-on kimono as a $5,000 business suit. He's been a Kaizer Soze type boss for so long he hungers for the chance to get his hadns dirty again. And defeating Iron Man would cement his hold over the criminal world and the economic world, which he has his hands in as well. I'd have him keep the white light, impact, disintegration, mento-intensifier, and matter rearranger rings. And I'd have him give the ice, heat, vortex, black light, and electro blast rings to his Lieutenants.