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Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. Talk Iron Man Sequel

Published May 7, 2008 in Movie News
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Paramount Pictures, EW
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Now that there is absolutely no doubt on whether Marvel will be moving forward with the planned Iron Man sequel, both Jon Favreau and Robert Downey Jr. have popped up to discuss what's next.

Iron Man Sequel Talk

Entertainment Weekly has posted two separate interviews with Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau that not only discuss Iron Man, but what's next from the franchise.

Jon Favreau

Will you be involved with the sequel?
We've been speaking informally about it, and in concept we would all love to work together again. But I found out about the announcement last night, so it's not something that — we would definitely love to collaborate more with the sequel. There's no formal arrangement yet, but in theory we would all love to see it happen.... There's definitely a lot of ideas that we all have now. This type of movie is based on serialized materials, so it lends itself very easily to [many different sequel possibilities]. There's definitely a level of enthusiasm from myself and the cast to tell more stories.

Is Robert Downey Jr. under contract to do another movie?
He is.

Robert Downey Jr.
When you were brainstorming with Jon Favreau, what were the elements that you wanted to bring to the next Iron Man movie?
There's this idea of Terrence [Howard] putting on a suit and coming back as War Machine, who is pretty iconic in the Iron Man and Marvel universe. Just seeing where it can all go, but grounding it in a very modern mythology. I see it as greatest dysfunctional family story ever told.... In The New York Post a couple days ago, [there was a cartoon] of Iron Man suited up, and he's telling the governor even his super-powers can't get him out of the budget problem. That was what Jon was hoping for and excited to see the most, the idea that Tony Stark and Iron Man can become part of the cultural fabric. When we heard posters were being defaced to promote political or social ideas, he just got such a hoot out of that.

A central element of Tony Stark's story arc in the comics is his alcoholism. How much will that be incorporated into the storylines, or, at least, from your perspective, how much would you like that to happen?
Well, you know. [Pause] I think I was reading in the Times, it was saying ''Most Conflicted'' — it was comparing character defects from one superhero to another. Interestingly, Tony's Achilles heel isn't that he boozes too hard and then he winds up becoming an alcoholic in the genesis; his character defect is narcissism. I think there's a way to capitalize on that, and if you want to use the drinking as a metaphor to that, that's fine. But in and of itself, I don't think it's any more interesting than having a superhero who has cancer. That's why I think the mythology of these things is cool, because a Gamma Ray means a lot more than a gamma ray, whereas a non-specific urethritis can be only that. Again, I defer to Jon. He really, really crafted this thing in a way that was so smart. And, also, what I love is that kids are enjoying it. It's important to me, strangely, in my old age, to do something that is appropriate and still entertaining and engaging and evocative, and is about more than you might expect it to be about. I mean, clearly, I'm going to have a lot more juice at the writing table than I did a few years ago.

Click on each individuals name to check out the entire interview.

Iron Man is out in theaters now.

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Sources: Image property of Paramount Pictures, EW

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