Production for Iron Man 3 is starting up, despite The Avengers not having even hit theaters yet. The latest news, provided by /Film, comes in the form of a casting call that reveals returning characters. The following might be considered spoilers, depending on what you have or haven’t heard regarding characters in The Avengers.
What we already know is Iron Man 3 will star Robert Downey Jr. and it will be directed by Shane Black, who directed Downey Jr. in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
What we didn’t know is who was all returning for a third adventure. Here’s some info from the casting sheet:
Two-time Academy Award nominated Robert Downey Jr. will reprise his roles as as Tony Stark, an industrialist and master engineer who builds a powered exoskeleton and becomes the technologically advanced superhero, Iron Man. Scarlett Johansson will return from “Iron Man 2? playing Natasha Romanoff aka “The Black Widow”, and Gwyneth Paltrow plays Stark’s closest friend, love interest, and business partner Pepper Potts. Don Cheadle, who replaced Terrence Howard after the first “Iron Man”, returns as Lt. Colonel James “Rhodey” Rhodes – Stark’s personal pilot, chief aviation engineer for Stark International, and one of Stark’s closest friends.
Multi talented actor, screenwriter and film director Shane Black is taking over the directing duties from Jon Favreau, who directed the first two films in the “Iron Man” series. Black also is writing the screenplay for “iron Man 3? with Drew Pierce and Robert Downey Jr’s creative input. He recently said not to expect “Iron Man 3? to feature any other heroes from Marvel’s universe saying that after “The Avengers” the plan is to go back to self-contained single-character stories. Shane Black has directed Robert Downey Jr. before – in Black’s last feature film directing job “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” in 2005.
So we now know that Don Cheadle will be returning as Stark’s best friend James Rhodes (big surprise there), but the more interesting bit of news is the confirmation of Scarlett Johansson returning as Black Widow. Apparently there was rumor going around that her character was possibly going to be killed off in The Avengers. I did not know of that, but it still could be true depending on when Iron Man 3 actually takes place. Marvel is known for shifting around the timelines.
I’m personally hoping that Johansson doesn’t get killed off in The Avengers or Iron Man 3, because she has such a big…. heart and I love watching her act!
Are you looking forward to Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 or do you already miss Jon Favreau?