Shane Black Writing 'Iron Man 3,' No Crossovers Planned After 'The Avengers'?

Iron ManWhen Shane Black was confirmed as the "Iron Man 3" director last month, many wondered whether the accomplished screenwriter also be penning the script for the third film in Marvel's blockbuster franchise. Now it looks like we have some unofficial word on that matter — and the "Lethal Weapon" scribe will indeed serve dual roles on "Iron Man 3" as director and writer.

Over at Ain't It Cool News, a reader who attended the recent Omaha Film Festival reports that Black spoke at one of the panels during the event, and confirmed that he's writing the "Iron Man 3" script with input from "Iron Man" franchise star Robert Downey Jr. According to the report, Black and Downey will meet this week in L.A. to discuss the third installment of the "Iron Man" movies.

But that wasn't all that Black had to say about the future of Marvel's armored superhero and the rest of the Marvel movie-verse.

According to the report, Marvel wasn't thrilled with "Iron Man 2," and will get away from the "two men in iron suits fighting each other" theme for the third film. Instead of featuring a series of armored brawls, the movie will be "more like a Tom Clancy-thriller, with Iron Man fighting real world villains."

Finally, Black reportedly indicated that "Iron Man 3" will cease to feature the crossover cameos we've grown accustomed to in Marvel's movies. After all of the Marvel solo movies culminate in "The Avengers," the studio will go back to "self-contained, single-character stories."

Of course, none of this has been confirmed by the studio and there's no official transcript of Black's responses, so until we receive solid confirmation on these items, they should be considered rumors and nothing more.

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