So there's this scene towards the end of "The Avengers" which shows Tony Stark driving off with Bruce Banner, which got Marvel fans wondering whether the two are set to collaborate in the upcoming Iron Man 3 sequel, especially since sources have confirmed that the film will take place after the action in "The Avengers."
Meredith Woerner of i09 decided to find out by heading straight to source. She chats with film producer Kevin Feige and director Shane Black who were attending this year's Comic Con. Below is a transcript of what they had to say:
Iron Man 3 is kind of taking things on a global scale. They're going to China. How does that affect the bigger stuff that's happening with the Avengers in the Marvel Universe? Everything is interconnected these days, so is it getting bigger and more complicated?
Kevin Feige: The trick is to not let it get complicated. If you're a fan of the comics you know that continuity in comics can be really fun, but it can also begin to crush and collapse under its own weight. Iron Man 3 is a distinct movie, to prevent that from happening. It is very much a Shane Black, Tony Stark story. Shane Black: Have you ever seen the Spider-Man Hobgoblin arc, where it got so continuity heavy that it just collapsed under its own weight? We'd love to do a couple of these one-offs where you realize that you can do Cap, you can do Thor [after The Avengers]. You can do these standalone movies that are just as engaging, and in some ways just as big, as The Avengers — without having to rely on The Avengers as a tent pole to come back to. I love the standalone Iron Man movie because he gets to be in the real world — no aliens. We saw Iron Man and the Hulk drive off into the sunset together in the end of The Avengers, what does that mean for their relationship? Black: It means they're gay. Feige: I think he was just dropping Bruce off at the Port Authority. They didn't go off into the sunset. Are we going to see the Hulk in Iron Man 3? Feige: No.
Guess that means Tony Stark is going to have to take on those baddies on his own. And as for actor RDJ, here's what he had to say about the upcoming film:
On Tony's mindset in Iron Man 3:
Robert Downey Jr: [Iron Man 3] will be exploring his inner demons, we did a little bit of that in Iron Man 2 but if you think about someone who saw the sky open up, and a wormhole and aliens. Suffice to say, he's a little rattled.