‘Iron Man 2′ Director Jon Favreau Wants The Mandarin For Third Movie

'I'm curious to see how they handle all that stuff,' Favreau says of Marvel Studios' other superhero characters.

Every great franchise deserves to be a trilogy — if not for the fans, then perhaps for the director who might appreciate a few extra hours to fully flesh out his tale. Nowadays, Jon Favreau is getting ready to unleash his second “Iron Man” movie on the world — and he readily admits that the idea of a trilogy appeals to him.

“It does. I would like to [do another film],” he explained, before admitting that the biggest obstacle may be one unlike any director before him has ever had to deal with: a backlog of superhero movies from his studio that will be twisting, changing and growing his characters with minimal input from Favreau over the next few years.

” ‘Iron Man 3,’ to pay it off, there’s so much left to understand about what the world is going to be like then,” the filmmaker reasoned. “You’ve got ‘Thor,’ ‘Captain America,’ ‘Avengers’ all happening with different directors before ‘Iron Man 3,’ and that’s all going to affect ‘Iron Man 3.’ ”

With each of those Avengers heroes receiving their own films between now and 2012, Tony Stark will be glimpsed as a secondary player, if at all. And it won’t be until after “The Avengers” that Marvel Studios will be willing to revisit the character.

“And what’s going to have happened by then?” Favreau asked, not knowing the answer himself. “With ‘Thor,’ you’re going to have all this supernatural stuff happening, and magic. There’s a lot of stuff going on in the world; if it’s going to match the comic book, it’s going to be incredibly complex for a film. I’m curious to see how they handle all that stuff.”

Much like Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, Favreau has built a franchise based on heightened reality. Yeah, you and I may not be able to build flying suits, lightning-whip weapons or repulsor-beam weaponry, but it seems more reasonable than superheroic men leaping tall buildings in a single bound.

Favreau revealed that he has firm plans about who his desired “Iron Man 3″ villain would be — and if the next few Marvel films develop as he hopes they do, perhaps supernatural elements will seem more reasonable in a few years.

“You’ve got to do the Mandarin,” Favreau said of the next “Iron Man” baddie, a martial-arts expert who has superhuman powers that can tear apart Iron Man’s suit with his bare hands. “The problem with the Mandarin is that the way it’s depicted in the comic books, you don’t want to see that.

“He has 10 magical rings — that just doesn’t feel right for our [franchise],” the director reasoned. “So it’s either tech-based, or the rings are not really rings. But maybe with Thor and all those others, you’ll introduce magic to that world and it won’t seem so out of place.”

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