Shane Black Talks Iron Man 3, Nixes the Mandarin as a Villain?

Shane BlackThis is all just assumption, of course, but when Shane Black, the co-writer/director of the upcoming “Iron Man 3″ calls the Mandarin a “racist caricature”, he’s pretty much nixing the character as a possible villain for Tony Stark, right? Of course, he could just be referring to the character’s comic book roots, but that he plans to change it up so that he would be less “racist” in the movie. Or not.

In any case, while attending the Long Beach Comic Con (sheesh, how many of these comic cons are there exactly?), Black took center stage at a panel and, among other topics, “Iron Man 3″ of course came up early and often.

After answering the Mandarin question, Black refused to name a villain that he and co-writer Drew Pearce came up with for the third movie. He also admits he has no idea why Jon Favreau left, though he’s asked Favreau to return as Happy Hogan, Tony Stark’s all-purpose manservant, or at least make a cameo appearance. Black also confirms that Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle would return as Pepper Potts and Rhoades, respectively, but would not commit on a return appearance by The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson).

Black also gets into a bit about why he thinks the second movie was not nearly as good as the first (he apparently had a hand in the first movie, having workshopped with Downey Jr. and Favreau on it for a couple of days), and confirmed that his adaptation of the Japanese manga “Death Note” was still alive and kicking, though there is apparently enough studio interference on that that it might not be for long.

Oh, and guess what? Black announces that he’s currently working on a TV version of his 1996 spy/action movie “The Long Kiss Goodnight” with Warner Bros. Hellooooooo Charly Baltimore.

Via : CBR