'Iron Man 3' Director Shane Black Owes A Debt To Jon Favreau

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Jon Favreau might not be directing "Iron Man 3" like he did its predecessors, but his presence will still be felt on this film. Not only will he be reprising his role as Happy Hogan in the new movie, he also helped new director Shane Black make sure this film keeps with the continuity of "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2."

"I owe sort of a debt to [Jon] Favreau I have to carry on what he started without violating it -- at the same time bringing sort of my own enhancement if I can," Black admitted in an interview with Wired. "He's been helping me, giving me tips and advice along the way, so this is a guy who's been enormously generous with his time given that he's not directing. Still around, and still wants to be in it. He's just been so gracious that I can say nothing but good things about how helpful he's been. That said, yeah, it's going to look a little different."

Black said that Marvel has also been helping him out in addition to Favreau. According to him, he's learned more about special effects and directing in the past year than he would have in 10 otherwise. But that hasn't been his biggest challenge with this film. Considering the fact "The Avengers" turned the entire Marvel universe into a very fantastical world, Black has had to wrestle "Iron Man 3" back to reality.

“We had kind of a conundrum in that 'The Avengers' opens up this huge skyhole full of inter-dimensional aliens, and you kind of look back and think, 'Well, what do you do after that?' Except go back to a sort of more gritty, intense kind of techno-thriller route," he explained. "You go in and you just sort of wrestle. You've gotta jerk things around a bit, and mix it up so that there's still more story to tell. The way you do that is treat it like the first two [movies] were part of an ongoing story that hasn't finished yet. ... Today's world is so complicated that the simplicity of myth has come back around with a desire and a need for people to feel and see that that's unprecedented given how confusing the world is right now."

"Iron Man 3" hits theaters on May 3.

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