Now that you’ve seen “Iron Man 2″ over the weekend, there’s only one thing on your mind: When can I see “Iron Man 3″?
Well, you’ll have to hold on just a little bit longer, but while you’re waiting, check out what we know about “Iron Man 3″ so far, in our MTV News cheat sheet.
Iron Man 3
Even before the smash success of the original “Iron Man,” Marvel Studios was addressing the possibility of multiple sequels . Sure enough, after the movie opened to over $100 million , Jon Favreau was trying to decide between “Avengers” and “Iron Man 2″ — by now, you might be able to guess which he chose. On the verge of “Iron Man 2″ opening, Favs told us that he was ready to have Tony Stark suit up again after the “Thor,” “Captain America” and “Avengers” movies came out. He also revealed that he wanted the Mandarin to be the villain .
The franchise stars are already pondering the possibilities of where Tony Stark could go after taking on Whiplash and other assorted foes in “Iron Man 2.” Gwyneth Paltrow wanted her Pepper Potts to see some action; Robert Downey Jr. had some strong ideas about where he wanted to take Tony; and even the creator of War Machine weighed in, saying he hoped the filmmakers would finally uncork the beloved “Demon in a Bottle” story line from the Marvel comics.
Favreau spoke extensively about how he hoped “Thor” and the other films would make magic more plausible in the Marvel universe so he could incorporate the Mandarin into “Iron Man 3.” Even Faran Tahir, the actor who captured Tony Stark in the original film, laid the groundwork for his return in the role.
Iron Man, Big Plans
Marvel is rewriting the history books with all these great movies they’re making, and the momentum should carry over for years to come. First, there was the big deal with Paramount, and then the signing of Sam Jackson to appear in as many as nine Marvel movies as Nick Fury. What’s next?