'Iron Man 2' Almost Went 3-D, Marvel President Says

Instead of a quickie 3-D conversion, Marvel opted to preserve 'the film's quality,' president Kevin Feige reveals.

Given the $133.6 million opening weekend for "Iron Man 2," Marvel Studios isn't likely to have any regrets regarding the recent rollout of their premier superhero franchise — though a 3-D opening would have been a nice bonus.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed that the studio briefly entertained the idea of converting "Iron Man 2" into 3-D after seeing the success of "Avatar" and "Alice in Wonderland." Ultimately, the studio decided not to pursue the conversion for the sake of preserving the film's quality.

"We couldn't have turned over a version of the movie 10 or 20 weeks earlier for 3-D conversion without undermining the quality," Feige explained. "We used all the time we had for mixing and editing and discovering the right tone."

That's not to say that Marvel fans won't see their favorite superheroes flying around in 3-D in the coming years, of course. According to Feige, the Marvel Studios team "has been doing a lot of research into 3-D processes, and we're looking at it on future films when we have the time.

"We will be doing it at some point," he declared.

Marvel has three films in development for release in the next two years: "Thor," "The First Avenger: Captain America" and "The Avengers." As "Thor" is already well into its shooting schedule, Marvel would have to convert the footage into 3-D in post-production, but "Captain America" and "The Avengers" haven't started filming and could be shot with 3-D cameras.

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