December 7, 2010

Jon Favreau Says Iron Man 3 Is Sequel To Other Marvel Films

We know in the Marvel time-line that Iron Man 2 is set just before the events of The Incredible Hulk then comes Thor, Captain America and Avengers. Jon Favreau admits to MTV that Iron Man 3 will be sequel to ll those films essentially expanding the world setup in Avengers.

 The Marvel film universe is expansive where all the characters owned by Marvel/Disney can interact and share villains. I assume this means we could see other "meta-humans" involved in the third film like Cap, Hulk or Thor.

"In theory, 'Iron Man 3' is going to be a sequel or continuation of 'Thor,' 'Hulk,' 'Captain America' and 'Avengers,'" he said. "This whole world... I have no idea what it is. I don't think they do either, from conversations I've had with those guys." 


The only other tidbits of information we know is that Favreau is keen on using the Mandarin which would include the Ten Rings as the film's villains. Hopefully this means we could see Mandarin developing his own suits like Fing Fang Foom. Having a villainous group similar to Hydra for Iron Man could be great for the series. An established group of villains would be better than scrambling like they did with Justin Hammer and Whiplash.

If they were to include one other villain I'd love to see Ghost. He's an interesting character that could be very visually stunning if done properly. Plus it doesn't hurt that the character's suit is super-stealthy which could help him gather Stark's blueprints for the Iron Man technology and new power source.

Emily Blunt, who was originally in line to play Black Widow might have a role in the film. It would be expected she'd play either Whitey Frost or Scarlet Witch. Favreau was going to cast Scarlett Johansson in the Witch role before Blunt left the film. I wouldn't be surprised to see the two switch roles. I'm not sure if Witch is under the control of Fox considering her extensive appearances in Avengers and West Coast Avengers comics.

While I like the idea of seeing Cap and Thor in an Iron Man film they don't really need to be in it. I expect we'll end up seeing the Iron Legion which could be Stark's own personal branch of SHIELD/Avengers. Rhodey put together a group of trusted Stark employees and friends to pilot old Iron Man suits. I wouldn't be surprised to see Pepper's Rescue along with Bethany Cabe representing the female side of the group.

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