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Old October 18 2010, 09:39 PM   #1
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Iron Man 3 to Launch Summer 2013

Tony Stark's sticking to the first weekend of the summer with his third solo adventure, but his iron will be cooled by a longer wait. Distributor Walt Disney Pictures announced today that Iron Man 3 will launch May 3, 2013.

The first official release of Summer 2013, Iron Man 3, will arrive three years after its predecessor, though only two years separated Iron Man 2 from the first Iron Man. That pattern is similar to the first three Spider-Man movies. However, Tony Stark will be on screen a year earlier as part of the ensemble of The Avengers, which is scheduled for May 4, 2012, and there's a good chance the character will have cameos in the other Marvel Comics adaptations leading up to that release (Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger) as he did in The Incredible Hulk.

The first Iron Man kicked off Summer 2008 with a rousing $98.6 million and went on to earn $318.4 million by the end of its run, ranking as the fifth highest-grossing superhero movie ever. Iron Man 2 blasted off with even greater fanfare ($128.1 million first weekend) in early May of this year, but burnt out more quickly, winding up with $312.1 million (good for sixth place among superhero movies). Both were distributed by Paramount Pictures.
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/news/?id=2952&p=.htm

Awesome! I hope they avoid the mistakes of other superhero threequels like X3 and Spider-Man 3.

Some suggestions. Get back Jon Favreau as director. Focus completely on the Iron Man characters, and leave out the Avengers stuff since this will be after that movie's release. Finally use the Mandarin already!

What direction do you think they should take the sequel in?
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Old October 18 2010, 10:01 PM   #2
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Think this might mean trek in summer 2012?
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Old October 18 2010, 10:02 PM   #3
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Since there won't be an upcoming Avengers movie for which to advertise, I hope they get back John Favreau and let him do whatever the hell he wants.
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Old October 18 2010, 10:08 PM   #4
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It's actually Jon not John and I believe he will return as director if he's not locked up already. I predicted that we would see "Iron Man 3" in 2013. I hope it's better than the second one and they use the Mandarin (Favs has stated already that of course it makes sense to use him, it's just a matter of how to make him not silly). The "Untitled Star Trek Sequel" is coming out in July 2012 so I'm not sure what that poster was trying to say and if he meant that it will be the Summer of Trek, I don't think so since it will have HEAVY competition.
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Old October 18 2010, 10:34 PM   #5
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It's actually Jon not John and I believe he will return as director if he's not locked up already.
Everyone expected Bryan Singer to do X3, but he ended up getting kicked out. I just hope that doesn't happen to Favreau. He was the main reason along with RDJ that the first movie was as great and it was. It would be a tragedy if Marvel cheaped out and got someone like Ratner to do the next movie.

Also I'm still a little worried about studio interference. Raimi gave Sony two huge hits with the first Spider-Man movies, but they still forced him to put in Venom in the third movie.
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Old October 18 2010, 10:44 PM   #6
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I hope they avoid the mistakes of other superhero threequels like X3 and Spider-Man 3.
Didn't they already do that with Iron Man 2?
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Old October 18 2010, 10:44 PM   #7
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He wasn't exactly kicked out as he left to do "Superman Returns" that's two different things completely.
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Old October 18 2010, 10:47 PM   #8
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I hope they avoid the mistakes of other superhero threequels like X3 and Spider-Man 3.
Didn't they already do that with Iron Man 2?
Nah, IM2 was waaaay better than X3 and Spider-Man 3.

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He wasn't exactly kicked out as he left to do "Superman Returns" that's two different things completely.
Singer left to do Superman Returns, but he was willing to come back to direct X3. FOX got Ratner instead.
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Old October 18 2010, 10:52 PM   #9
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IM2 suffered from the same problems "Spider-Man 3" did and was no where near as good as the first movie was but I digress, we've had this debate before lol.
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I hope it's better than the second one and they use the Mandarin (Favs has stated already that of course it makes sense to use him, it's just a matter of how to make him not silly).
I think their bigger concern would probably be not having him come off as the old "Yellow Peril/Fu Manchu" villain stereotype. I'm sure Iron Man 3 will make him more tech-based to fit into the world they've established. I can easily see them changing the Mandarin's ethnicity, too.

But 2013 is good timing for the sequel. I just hope The Avengers movie won't burn everybody out on the Marvel characters. And that Faverau comes back to wrap everything up.
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Old October 18 2010, 10:58 PM   #11
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I think their bigger concern would probably be not having him come off as the old "Yellow Peril/Fu Manchu" villain stereotype. I'm sure Iron Man 3 will make him more tech-based to fit into the world they've established. I can easily see them changing the Mandarin's ethnicity, too.
They probably won't even call him Mandarin in the movie. Ivan was never called Whiplash in IM2, so they'll probably call Mandarin by the name Gene Khan, which would be fine. I just hope they pick a great asian actor for the role.

I don't see the point of making the rings tech-based. Iron Men is going to be in a movie with Thor, they might as well use magic.
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I can easily see them changing the Mandarin's ethnicity, too.
Wouldn't that also mean changing his name?
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Old October 18 2010, 11:08 PM   #13
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I can easily see them changing the Mandarin's ethnicity, too.
Wouldn't that also mean changing his name?
The Iron Man writers really dislike using code names for some reason. Iron Monger and War Machine were only used once in a sentence, easily missable, while Whiplash and Black Widow were never named onscreen.

That's why I see them going with Gene Khan instead of Mandarin, which would be fine for me.
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I can easily see them changing the Mandarin's ethnicity, too.
Wouldn't that also mean changing his name?
Wouldn't put it beyond them. Their version of Whiplash was never called by that name, after all.
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Singer left to do Superman Returns, but he was willing to come back to direct X3. FOX got Ratner instead.
20th Century Fox had been short-sighting Singer ever since the first movie. They gave him six months less time on a restricted budget for the first movie, they still cut his budget for the second movie requiring him to cut characters and sequences like Sentinels, the Danger Room and Angel, and for the third movie when he asked for a bigger paycheck (understandable since he delivered two excellent movies) and a bigger budget for the third Fox essentially told him to screw off (which is funny because X-Men: The Last Stand eventually had the biggest budget of all the films, after Singer departed).

Singer abandoning ship to direct Superman was as a result of poor management by Fox. WB offered Singer carte blanche with a big budget and creative control, something he didn't have with Fox. It's almost as if they thought they could keep Singer on a tight leash but that didn't last long. When he saw a better opportunity arise that offered more artistic freedom, like any creative person he took it.

As for Iron Man 3, I'm really very lukewarm over how to receive this film. I figured there was going to be a third movie anyway but I was sorely disappointed by Iron Man 2. Since the first movie was great, and there was rampant rumors of studio inference with the second movie, I'm hoping with The Avengers finally out of the way Marvel can just let Jon Favreau make the movie he wants to make with Iron Man 3 and stay out of his way. Maybe we'll have a reverse scenario from what we're accustom to- the second movie sucks, but the third movie is actually decent. That would be interesting.
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