It's definitely not set in stone, but Marvel is looking to make another bold move in their continual search to bring new filmmakers into the fold by adding Shane Black to the list of directors they're eying to take over the 'Iron Man' franchise. Heat Vision reports Black is on the list, but not a sure thing, since they are considering other helmers too.
Black, like Joss Whedon, is a good fan's choice, though. Remember he directed Robert Downey Jr. in what many consider to be the role that helped revive his career, as Harry Lockhart in 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.' Black is also the notorious writer behind 'Lethal Weapon,' 'The Monster Squad,' and 'The Last Boyscout' -- the guy who got so big so fast, the industy almost swallowed him whole.
Word is they want him to write and direct 'Iron Man 3,' which would be a huge gig for Black -- a chance to pull his own "Downey Jr." and re-launch his career in superhero style.
A big win on 'Iron Man 3' could make Black a household name again, and he's the kind of guy who could also help reinvent the 'Iron Man' series; switch things up, and keep them organized, unlike the fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants style of 'Iron Man 2.'
Only downside is Black would have to immediately squeeze himself into a story and mythology that's already been built around him, and is growing alongside him in other Marvel films. Would he be okay with that? Would it give him enough freedom? Is Marvel confident in a guy who only directed one film five years ago? Especially when it's freakin' 'Iron Man' we're talking about?
Hey, we say if they'll give a film as big as 'The Avengers' to a guy who directed only one feature film, then they should totally go with Black.
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