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Who should direct Iron Man 3? Here are five suggestions for Marvel

12.15.2010

As I'm sure you've heard by now, earlier this week Jon Favreau informed Marvel he would not be returning to direct IRON MAN 3. It wasn't exactly surprising news to those paying attention. While Favreau was diplomatic yesterday when explaining his departure saying, "Kevin [Feige] has a firm grasp on the many franchises and how they all interweave," earlier this month he told MTV, "I have no idea what [IRON MAN 3] is. I don't think they do either, from conversations I've had with those guys."

Early reports said that preliminary overtures were being sent out to a number of potential directorial candidates and to help Marvel out a bit, we decided to come up with a list of directors we thought might make a good fit. I tried to avoid some of the same names we keep hearing pop up for all the possible superhero jobs. That may make for some surprising choices listed below but for one reason or another, I think each one of them could work...

Ben Stiller - He may be best known for his comedies but then again, so was Jon Favreau before he signed on to direct IRON MAN. Stiller only has four feature directing credits to his name but his last project was a big-budget action film (albeit one with a high level of comedy) that earned Robert Downey, Jr. an Oscar-nomination. He has also collaborated frequently with IRON MAN 2 writer Justin Theroux (they're currently working on ZOOLANDER 2 together). While some might be hesitant about hiring a director known more for his comedic chops, the IRON MAN franchise has always had a loose, jovial and humorous approach to action, something that Stiller can deliver in spades.

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Alfonso Cuaron - Cuaron and Downey, Jr. were set to work together on the upcoming sci-fi thriller GRAVITY before numerous production delays (Angelina Jolie and Natalie Portman both passed on the lead female role) forced Downey to drop out. Downey was taking a small supporting role in the film simply for the experience of working with Cuaron, so why not reunite them on IRON MAN 3. Cuaron has experience working on fanboy-style properties directing HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN, a film many still say is the best of the franchise. With GRAVITY still struggling to come together (Sandra Bullock was eventually cast as the film's lead), perhaps Cuaron can put that film on the backburner while its script issues are hammered out and make the move to Marvel.

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Nicolas Winding Refn - Refn isn't the big splashy name I'm sure Marvel would like to sign to replace Favreau but that doesn't mean he couldn't be the right man for the job. The director just wrapped filming on the action film DRIVE with FOD (Friend of Downey) Ryan Gosling starring in the lead role. While the director may be more known for his indie films, he recently told Movieline, "I would love to make one of those big, Hollywood, $200 million extravaganzas," and pitched Warner Bros. on WONDER WOMAN (while they may have loved the pitch, they've put that project on the hold for now). He's an actor's director and he's certainly got the passion for the material, which is something sorely lacking in other candidates, so why not take the chance?

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Edgar Wright - But Edgar Wright has long been attached to direct ANT MAN, you say. Yes, but IRON MAN 3 is a far bigger priority for Marvel and should they decide Wright is the guy, I'm sure ANT MAN would go by the wayside. Like Favreau, Wright is a director who started out with comedies before moving on to a bigger action-filled, FX spectacular (for Wright, SCOTT PILGRIM and for Favreau, ZATHURA). No one who saw PILGRIM would doubt Wright's abilities but is he interested in taking on such a massive project after spending two years making his last film? He was up for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE 4 gig - proof studios have confidence in his abilities - though later turned it down. He hasn't yet announced what his next film will be so he's theoretically got room in his schedule if he's up for the gig.

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Paul Greengrass - GREEN ZONE was a critical and commercial disappointment for Greengrass and he hasn't yet decided on a follow-up but with the BOURNE franchise moving on without either him or Matt Damon, Greengrass could move on to another franchise. While his particular style may seem a little dry for the lighter world of IRON MAN, no one can doubt the man's abilities to stage an action sequence and his improvisational style would work well with Downey's style and how the past two IRON MAN movies were shot. His attempts to bring WATCHMEN to the big-screen failed so perhaps he's ready for another chance to entire the world of superhero movies.

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If you've got any thoughts on who might work in the director's seat, feel free to chime in with a comment below.

Source: JoBlo.com

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