All eyes are on Joss Whedon's "The Avengers," which is due out next summer, but it's never too early to start talking about the later installments of the Marvel film franchise. There's "Iron Man 3," "Thor 2," "Captain America 2" and a whole slew of other movies to look forward to over the next few years, and plenty of people in the know about them.
One of those people is "Iron Man 3" director Shane Black. Comic Book Resources caught up with Black at Long Beach Comic-Con to chat about him taking the torch from former "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau. His plan is to get rid of the "blandness" he sees plaguing the comic book film industry and keep the "Iron Man" series as great entertainment.
But don't expect him to go exploring the famous "Demon In A Bottle" story line any time soon.
"It's part of Tony's character, but I think the 'Demon In A Bottle' aspect, if you go there, you really have to go there," Black explained. "The film then becomes about that, because the journey that involves recovering from alcoholism is an entire movie."
It's not that Black wants to shy away from the "dark and interesting and edgy and spicy" elements of Stark's character, it's that he doesn't want the movie to be only about his addition to alcohol. And the "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" director felt that to touch upon even part of "Demon In A Bottle" would include an obligation to deal with "Tony's descent into alcoholic madness."
"That's maybe not where we want to be," he said.
When talking about the tone of the film, Black said that he likes the fact that "Iron Man" feels like a crossover between what's happening in the comics and what happens in real life.
"There's always been the tendency to make Iron Man the real-world superhero who deals with things a bit more rooted in geopolitical reality and then have comic book elements added," he said. "What's interesting to me about the first movie, and to some extent the second movie, is the character. If you're really paying attention to the story, the more people care about the character, the more people will care about the outcome, I think."
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