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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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10:12AM on 12/16/2010
I think I should direct Iron Man 3!
I think I should direct Iron Man 3!
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7:34AM on 12/16/2010

umm...

How about Ed Norton and Leterrier? They did an awesome job with Hulk. They seem to like the source material. whilst the list presented is impressive, someone who appreciates the source material should helm.
How about Ed Norton and Leterrier? They did an awesome job with Hulk. They seem to like the source material. whilst the list presented is impressive, someone who appreciates the source material should helm.
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7:30AM on 12/16/2010

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How about Ed Norton and Leterrier? They did an awesome job with Hulk. They seem to like the source material. whilst the list presented is impressive, someone who appreciates the source material should helm.
How about Ed Norton and Leterrier? They did an awesome job with Hulk. They seem to like the source material. whilst the list presented is impressive, someone who appreciates the source material should helm.
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5:48AM on 12/16/2010

How about this poll?

Who shouldn't write Iron Man 3...Justin Theroux.
Who shouldn't write Iron Man 3...Justin Theroux.
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11:18PM on 12/15/2010

Out of these choices...

Stiller would be my pick. While I'm not the biggest fan of Tropic Thunder, it has some similarities with the Iron Man series. The action styles are kind of similar, and both know their audience. I'm not entirely sure Stiller could handle that much action though, at least in a serious manner. I'm sure there are better choices out there than him, but he is decent at mixing action and humor. The question is: could he get it right? I don't know. I just wish Favreau would have stuck with Iron Man.
Stiller would be my pick. While I'm not the biggest fan of Tropic Thunder, it has some similarities with the Iron Man series. The action styles are kind of similar, and both know their audience. I'm not entirely sure Stiller could handle that much action though, at least in a serious manner. I'm sure there are better choices out there than him, but he is decent at mixing action and humor. The question is: could he get it right? I don't know. I just wish Favreau would have stuck with Iron Man.
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10:29PM on 12/15/2010
I don't know who I'd pick but I know Cuaron and Greengrass should both not be in consideration. Not because I don't like them (I actually like Greengrass and love Cuaron) but because they have very distinct directing styles that don't gel with Iron Man.

Greengrass has a handheld and gritty, grainy visual style and Cuaron's is very dark and fluid. Neither seems appropriate for Iron Man.

There are obviously great directors that could tackle this like Danny Boyle, Shane Black, Andrew
I don't know who I'd pick but I know Cuaron and Greengrass should both not be in consideration. Not because I don't like them (I actually like Greengrass and love Cuaron) but because they have very distinct directing styles that don't gel with Iron Man.

Greengrass has a handheld and gritty, grainy visual style and Cuaron's is very dark and fluid. Neither seems appropriate for Iron Man.

There are obviously great directors that could tackle this like Danny Boyle, Shane Black, Andrew Niccol, Martin McDonagh etc. (I.E. some of my favorite directors currently working) but I highly doubt any of them would be interested. I'm still shocked that Aronofsky is doing Wolverine. It's like one of my fanboy dreams coming true.

But, in the end, with the direction that Marvel is going it won't really matter who they hire because the real director is going to be Kevin Feige (or whatever studio head feels nosey) and not any talented individual with a unique vision for the character.
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9:51PM on 12/15/2010

Stiller

Edgar Write should be trying to get ANTMAN off the ground and the other guys are good but they dont really have that quality to make a movie rememberable.

i would like to throw Stephen Chow's name into the ring
Edgar Write should be trying to get ANTMAN off the ground and the other guys are good but they dont really have that quality to make a movie rememberable.

i would like to throw Stephen Chow's name into the ring
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7:40PM on 12/15/2010
SAM MENDES, he is one hell of a director, and hadn't directed one single bad movie. The guy knows how to use a source, for example what he did with Road to Perdition was incredible, is one of the best black cinema movies of history..is a good option.
SAM MENDES, he is one hell of a director, and hadn't directed one single bad movie. The guy knows how to use a source, for example what he did with Road to Perdition was incredible, is one of the best black cinema movies of history..is a good option.
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10:18PM on 12/15/2010
I'm guessing Mendes will be busy with Bond.
I'm guessing Mendes will be busy with Bond.
7:30PM on 12/15/2010

The "Other" Bourne director

It should be Doug Liman. He directed Swingers, where Faverau pretty much started out so I'm guessing in terms of comedy it would be similar. He directed a good action movie with Bourne Identity (sure Jumper sucked but I'll give him a pass). Some of the other choices are interesting, but if you are looking for consistency I think Liman could be the closest thing to Faverau.
It should be Doug Liman. He directed Swingers, where Faverau pretty much started out so I'm guessing in terms of comedy it would be similar. He directed a good action movie with Bourne Identity (sure Jumper sucked but I'll give him a pass). Some of the other choices are interesting, but if you are looking for consistency I think Liman could be the closest thing to Faverau.
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7:29PM on 12/15/2010
Guy Ritchie. He's close with Downey and was tied to Lobo. It would create some buzz.
Guy Ritchie. He's close with Downey and was tied to Lobo. It would create some buzz.
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7:15PM on 12/15/2010
Michael Bay. Just kidding! Edgar Wright is actually not a bad choice. Or maybe we can get Matthew Vaughn back somehow.
Michael Bay. Just kidding! Edgar Wright is actually not a bad choice. Or maybe we can get Matthew Vaughn back somehow.
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7:05PM on 12/15/2010

Doug Liman

We've seen him do action with big stars (Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon), and we've seen him do exciting action scenes that haven't been done in movies before (car chase in the first Bourne movie).
We've seen him do action with big stars (Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Matt Damon), and we've seen him do exciting action scenes that haven't been done in movies before (car chase in the first Bourne movie).
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6:50PM on 12/15/2010
JJ Abrams would be great, I think. He is great at rebooting troubled franchises such as Iron Man which must be counted as struggling after the very poor second installment.
JJ Abrams would be great, I think. He is great at rebooting troubled franchises such as Iron Man which must be counted as struggling after the very poor second installment.
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6:40PM on 12/15/2010

how about

Joss Whedon?...I mean, if the reason Favreau left is because it will be a sequel to Avengers...why has no one mentioned the director of Avengers...

I find that a bit disturbing
Joss Whedon?...I mean, if the reason Favreau left is because it will be a sequel to Avengers...why has no one mentioned the director of Avengers...

I find that a bit disturbing
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6:23PM on 12/15/2010

Just a Thought

How about Alex Proyas. He has shown he can handle big f/x heavy movies( I, Robot, Dark City)and if they move ahead with Stark's alcoholism he's done dark and brooding(The Crow).
How about Alex Proyas. He has shown he can handle big f/x heavy movies( I, Robot, Dark City)and if they move ahead with Stark's alcoholism he's done dark and brooding(The Crow).
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6:12PM on 12/15/2010
How about Duncan Jones?

Also when did Marvel ever sign up big flashy names for their projects? Joe Johnston is a pair of safe hands, Favreau being picked was seen by fans as an interesting but not safe move, and Brannagh is a Shakespeare veteran that they've hired to bring some of that gravitas to Thor. I wouldn't say tentpole directors is where Marvel is...

Unless you mean tentpoles in the pants of fanboys in giving Joss Whedon the job for Avengers.
How about Duncan Jones?

Also when did Marvel ever sign up big flashy names for their projects? Joe Johnston is a pair of safe hands, Favreau being picked was seen by fans as an interesting but not safe move, and Brannagh is a Shakespeare veteran that they've hired to bring some of that gravitas to Thor. I wouldn't say tentpole directors is where Marvel is...

Unless you mean tentpoles in the pants of fanboys in giving Joss Whedon the job for Avengers.
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6:01PM on 12/15/2010

Do they HAVE to make a 3rd one?

Seriously, what about the end of part 2 demands another sequel to continue this story? Can someone older than 16 explain to me why the Iron Man movies are considered good? Downey is funny and charismatic in the role but everything else is incredibly stupid and emotionally uninvolving about these movies.
Seriously, what about the end of part 2 demands another sequel to continue this story? Can someone older than 16 explain to me why the Iron Man movies are considered good? Downey is funny and charismatic in the role but everything else is incredibly stupid and emotionally uninvolving about these movies.
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6:13PM on 12/15/2010
Agreed. The plot's a thick as air. Regardless of it's un-involving plot, it's still a fun movie. But 2 of them ARE ENOUGH! I definitely agree with you!
Agreed. The plot's a thick as air. Regardless of it's un-involving plot, it's still a fun movie. But 2 of them ARE ENOUGH! I definitely agree with you!
7:34AM on 12/16/2010
i'd like the 3rd one to be about the mandarin
i'd like the 3rd one to be about the mandarin
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5:48PM on 12/15/2010
I like Joe Carnahan (A-Team), or Neil Blompkamp (District 9) for the director's job. I can also see Edgar Wright doing a great job too.
I like Joe Carnahan (A-Team), or Neil Blompkamp (District 9) for the director's job. I can also see Edgar Wright doing a great job too.
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5:22PM on 12/15/2010
How about James Cameron, though i think he would be better choice for another x-men movie but i think he would make a great choice.
How about James Cameron, though i think he would be better choice for another x-men movie but i think he would make a great choice.
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4:39PM on 12/15/2010
None of the above.
None of the above.
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4:38PM on 12/15/2010
altho id love fav's to come back... maybe robert rodriguez..edgar wright would be cool..tony scott maybe
altho id love fav's to come back... maybe robert rodriguez..edgar wright would be cool..tony scott maybe
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4:18PM on 12/15/2010
How about Shawn Levy? Or for you people that thought there wasn't enough action in the second movied Sylvester Stallone.
How about Shawn Levy? Or for you people that thought there wasn't enough action in the second movied Sylvester Stallone.
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4:09PM on 12/15/2010
Just to add to the list of posibilities, I think either Justin Lin (Tokyo Drift, Fast&Furious, Fast Five) or Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) would be excellent choices!!!
Just to add to the list of posibilities, I think either Justin Lin (Tokyo Drift, Fast&Furious, Fast Five) or Len Wiseman (Underworld, Live Free or Die Hard) would be excellent choices!!!
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4:00PM on 12/15/2010
Stiller is actually a pretty neat idea, if he's able to handle the CGI direction. I also like Greengrass, but his shaky-cam technique would need to be thrown out.

How about Adam Mackay?
Stiller is actually a pretty neat idea, if he's able to handle the CGI direction. I also like Greengrass, but his shaky-cam technique would need to be thrown out.

How about Adam Mackay?
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3:47PM on 12/15/2010
You lost me with Ben Stiller. There would be little "Focker"-style tongue-in-cheek and that would make me ill. Edgar Wright almost makes up for Stiller's inclusion though.
You lost me with Ben Stiller. There would be little "Focker"-style tongue-in-cheek and that would make me ill. Edgar Wright almost makes up for Stiller's inclusion though.
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3:27PM on 12/15/2010

Are you serious?!

None of these are good choices for the movie i reckon we need to go with a newcomer with one maybe 2 films under there belt but has serious talent as no other mainstream director besides faverau has the baility to make this material, greengrass will go to serious, stillr too silly and cauron while a great choice and best on the list is too much now of really exploring cinema with long takes and the themes and i believe his take will really put an audience at a distance instead of obviously
None of these are good choices for the movie i reckon we need to go with a newcomer with one maybe 2 films under there belt but has serious talent as no other mainstream director besides faverau has the baility to make this material, greengrass will go to serious, stillr too silly and cauron while a great choice and best on the list is too much now of really exploring cinema with long takes and the themes and i believe his take will really put an audience at a distance instead of obviously continuing a franchise like this
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3:22PM on 12/15/2010
Edgar Wright would be a great choice. The guy makes fantastic movies, he brings out a great sense of humor in his films, and he deserves a guaranteed hit after Scott Pilgrim was overlooked. Those of you suggesting J.J. Abrams are also on the right track, IMO.
Edgar Wright would be a great choice. The guy makes fantastic movies, he brings out a great sense of humor in his films, and he deserves a guaranteed hit after Scott Pilgrim was overlooked. Those of you suggesting J.J. Abrams are also on the right track, IMO.
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3:02PM on 12/15/2010

Iron_Chinchilla...

Mentioned Kathryn Bigelow and from looking at everyone else's picks... i would love to see her take on Iron Man 3... There ar a few others of course but she stands out the most to me out of everyones picks
Mentioned Kathryn Bigelow and from looking at everyone else's picks... i would love to see her take on Iron Man 3... There ar a few others of course but she stands out the most to me out of everyones picks
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3:01PM on 12/15/2010
I prefer they go with someone a bit unexpected like they did with Favreau, and Branagh for Thor. Out of that list I say Stiller, but my suggestion would be Joe Carnahan. Both his Smokin' Aces and A-Team had the right type of feel with the mix of comedy and over the top action. Or as Freeden suggests, just leave the franchise alone for a while, but I guess there's too much money involved.
I prefer they go with someone a bit unexpected like they did with Favreau, and Branagh for Thor. Out of that list I say Stiller, but my suggestion would be Joe Carnahan. Both his Smokin' Aces and A-Team had the right type of feel with the mix of comedy and over the top action. Or as Freeden suggests, just leave the franchise alone for a while, but I guess there's too much money involved.
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2:38PM on 12/15/2010
I love the ideas of Cuaron or Edgar Wright directing Iron Man 3. The other 3 I think are total misses however.

Some others I think should be considered:
James Mangold
Joe Carnahan
Matthew Vaughn
Wachowskis
David Yates
J.J. Abrams
I love the ideas of Cuaron or Edgar Wright directing Iron Man 3. The other 3 I think are total misses however.

Some others I think should be considered:
James Mangold
Joe Carnahan
Matthew Vaughn
Wachowskis
David Yates
J.J. Abrams
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2:57PM on 12/15/2010
nice list, but the Wachowskis? They only have 2 good moves, matrix1 and bound. They're hacks.
nice list, but the Wachowskis? They only have 2 good moves, matrix1 and bound. They're hacks.
4:02PM on 12/15/2010
ooh, I like the J.J. Abrams suggestion. That could actually work really well.
ooh, I like the J.J. Abrams suggestion. That could actually work really well.
2:37PM on 12/15/2010
Tarantino, as long as he writes the script too.

"What does IRON MAN look like?"
"...red/gold suit!"
"DOES HE LOOK LIKE A BITCH?"
Tarantino, as long as he writes the script too.

"What does IRON MAN look like?"
"...red/gold suit!"
"DOES HE LOOK LIKE A BITCH?"
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2:36PM on 12/15/2010
Can't we just send the franchise out on a high note? The Avengers is going to have Downey Jr. as Iron Man in it anyway, and when you start replacing directors in the third film, that might be a sign to just hang it up. I liked both the films and thought Favre was THE director for the series. And while these other directors might be good, I'd rather just see The Avengers be the last of Iron Man on the big screen.
Can't we just send the franchise out on a high note? The Avengers is going to have Downey Jr. as Iron Man in it anyway, and when you start replacing directors in the third film, that might be a sign to just hang it up. I liked both the films and thought Favre was THE director for the series. And while these other directors might be good, I'd rather just see The Avengers be the last of Iron Man on the big screen.
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2:31PM on 12/15/2010

Greengrass for Ironman?

ARE YOU INSANE! Paul Greengrass is a horrible decision for Ironman! I swear, his movies must be shot with a guy who has Turrets syndrome! I loved Bourne Identity but the last 2 sucked because I got freaking motion sickness because Greengrass thinks everything should shake like you're in a freaking earthquake! HELL NO! Edgar Wright would be promising.
ARE YOU INSANE! Paul Greengrass is a horrible decision for Ironman! I swear, his movies must be shot with a guy who has Turrets syndrome! I loved Bourne Identity but the last 2 sucked because I got freaking motion sickness because Greengrass thinks everything should shake like you're in a freaking earthquake! HELL NO! Edgar Wright would be promising.
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2:27PM on 12/15/2010

Greengrass for Ironman?

ARE YOU INSANE! Paul Greengrass is a horrible decision for Ironman! I swear, his movies must be shot with a guy who has Turrets syndrome! I loved Bourne Identity but the last 2 sucked because I got freaking motion sickness because Greengrass thinks everything should shake like you're in a freaking earthquake! HELL NO! Edgar Wright would be promising.
ARE YOU INSANE! Paul Greengrass is a horrible decision for Ironman! I swear, his movies must be shot with a guy who has Turrets syndrome! I loved Bourne Identity but the last 2 sucked because I got freaking motion sickness because Greengrass thinks everything should shake like you're in a freaking earthquake! HELL NO! Edgar Wright would be promising.
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7:13PM on 12/16/2010
Doug Liman directed The Bourne Identity. Greengrass directed the other two.
Doug Liman directed The Bourne Identity. Greengrass directed the other two.
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2:18PM on 12/15/2010

The Old Guard

Tony Scott.

He would destroy this material. In a good way. The kind that melts your face. Stylishly.

Denzel can play the third Rhodesy. Boom.
Tony Scott.

He would destroy this material. In a good way. The kind that melts your face. Stylishly.

Denzel can play the third Rhodesy. Boom.
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2:14PM on 12/15/2010

Edgar Wright or JJ Abrams

Those are my two picks, I have a feeling MARVEL will just go with Joe Johnston (Captain America) though. He's exactly the kind of Director MARVEL wants, he does what they tell him to as long as they sign the checks.
Those are my two picks, I have a feeling MARVEL will just go with Joe Johnston (Captain America) though. He's exactly the kind of Director MARVEL wants, he does what they tell him to as long as they sign the checks.
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2:14PM on 12/15/2010
Blah.
Blah.
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2:11PM on 12/15/2010
I was going to make fun and say MCG, then I saw somebody actually wanted that. So, instead, let's go for Clint Eastwood!
I was going to make fun and say MCG, then I saw somebody actually wanted that. So, instead, let's go for Clint Eastwood!
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2:04PM on 12/15/2010
JJ Abrams
Doug Jones
Blomkamp
Sam Raimi
JJ Abrams
Doug Jones
Blomkamp
Sam Raimi
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2:01PM on 12/15/2010
Uwe Boll
Uwe Boll
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1:42PM on 12/15/2010
Do not let Michael Bay or Bret Ratner direct Iron Man 3!!! JJ Abrams, Christopher Nolan or Sam Raimi are my pics.
Do not let Michael Bay or Bret Ratner direct Iron Man 3!!! JJ Abrams, Christopher Nolan or Sam Raimi are my pics.
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2:14PM on 12/15/2010
Kathryn Bigelow. It is time to get a female director into the seat for these testosterone filled Comic Book hero films. And she has the credentials with her Oscar for The Hurt Locker.
Kathryn Bigelow. It is time to get a female director into the seat for these testosterone filled Comic Book hero films. And she has the credentials with her Oscar for The Hurt Locker.
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1:41PM on 12/15/2010

Only C. Nolan or JJ Abrams

can direct this, no-one else.. Seriously, it doesn´t really matter cause there are so many hands in the pot with these kind of movies.. John Turtletaub could direct it for all I care.
can direct this, no-one else.. Seriously, it doesn´t really matter cause there are so many hands in the pot with these kind of movies.. John Turtletaub could direct it for all I care.
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1:14PM on 12/15/2010
Stiller could be the perfect unexpected director. Downey is the dude playing the dude disguised as the iron dude.
Stiller could be the perfect unexpected director. Downey is the dude playing the dude disguised as the iron dude.
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1:11PM on 12/15/2010

Ladies and gents, I give you JJ effin' Abrams!

Marvel, if you want action sequences, insanely realistic CGI, visual eye-candy that can rival the works of Michael Bay, and great storytelling, then take out your wallets and get ready to pay JJ Abrams the money he needs to hop on board. I dare say he'd make Iron Man 3 the best flick of the franchise. Abrams is incredibly hardworking and talented, loves to flesh out a good story, and knows how to deliver on the visuals. Seriously, call the man.
Marvel, if you want action sequences, insanely realistic CGI, visual eye-candy that can rival the works of Michael Bay, and great storytelling, then take out your wallets and get ready to pay JJ Abrams the money he needs to hop on board. I dare say he'd make Iron Man 3 the best flick of the franchise. Abrams is incredibly hardworking and talented, loves to flesh out a good story, and knows how to deliver on the visuals. Seriously, call the man.
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1:36AM on 12/16/2010
The movie starts with Agent Colbert telling Tony Stark that Nick Fury is acting suspicious. The audience is led to believe for 90% of the film that Nick Fury is a double agent only to have the double agent be Agent Colbert. Oh and Dark Phoenix destroys the Vulcan homeworld.
The movie starts with Agent Colbert telling Tony Stark that Nick Fury is acting suspicious. The audience is led to believe for 90% of the film that Nick Fury is a double agent only to have the double agent be Agent Colbert. Oh and Dark Phoenix destroys the Vulcan homeworld.
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1:01PM on 12/15/2010
I would like to see Rob Zombie take on his unique vision of the Iron Man franchise, the Iron Man series needs more white trash, more F-bombs, and mystical horses.
I would like to see Rob Zombie take on his unique vision of the Iron Man franchise, the Iron Man series needs more white trash, more F-bombs, and mystical horses.
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12:50PM on 12/15/2010

I know this sounds crazy,

but McG. I actually liked Terminator Salvation and I think an Iron Man movie with the same vibe might keep it from getting stale. This could be the Iron Man franchise equivallent of Empire Strikes Back.
but McG. I actually liked Terminator Salvation and I think an Iron Man movie with the same vibe might keep it from getting stale. This could be the Iron Man franchise equivallent of Empire Strikes Back.
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12:50PM on 12/15/2010
All the choices are good, except for Greengrass. He is a good director, but not for something like the Iron Man movies. For some reason, Stiller sticks out the most for me.

I agree with the people below me who said Neill Blomkamp. I think he would be a terrific choice.
All the choices are good, except for Greengrass. He is a good director, but not for something like the Iron Man movies. For some reason, Stiller sticks out the most for me.

I agree with the people below me who said Neill Blomkamp. I think he would be a terrific choice.
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12:47PM on 12/15/2010
DUNCAN JONES

or Neil Blomkamp or Robert Schwentke or Shane Black

The Ben Stiller suggestion is actully kind of interesting
DUNCAN JONES

or Neil Blomkamp or Robert Schwentke or Shane Black

The Ben Stiller suggestion is actully kind of interesting
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12:30PM on 12/15/2010

Director

double post
double post
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12:28PM on 12/15/2010

Director

John Woo!!!!
Iron Man Needs More White Doves!!!

*jokes*
John Woo!!!!
Iron Man Needs More White Doves!!!

*jokes*
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12:27PM on 12/15/2010

Director

John Woo!!!!
Iron Man Needs More White Doves!!!

*jokes*
John Woo!!!!
Iron Man Needs More White Doves!!!

*jokes*
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12:27PM on 12/15/2010
Cuaron and Wright are awesome (two of my faves), but I would rather they keep following their passions.

Greengrass doesn't seem like a good fit. And until he stops using cameramen with Parkinson's I don't think I'll be very pumped with whatever his next project turns out to be.

Nicolas Winding Refn (I've only seen Bronson, fucking great) might be the best choice considering he said he'd like to try out a huge blockbuster. His quirks might really elevate the characters.

Ben Stiller, I
Cuaron and Wright are awesome (two of my faves), but I would rather they keep following their passions.

Greengrass doesn't seem like a good fit. And until he stops using cameramen with Parkinson's I don't think I'll be very pumped with whatever his next project turns out to be.

Nicolas Winding Refn (I've only seen Bronson, fucking great) might be the best choice considering he said he'd like to try out a huge blockbuster. His quirks might really elevate the characters.

Ben Stiller, I actually wouldn't mind seeing him as direct this. Tropic Thunder was great in all aspects.
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12:21PM on 12/15/2010

NO ON ALL 5 ....

... flash Favreau with money and bring him back!!!!!
... flash Favreau with money and bring him back!!!!!
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12:17PM on 12/15/2010
Ben Stiller is a great idea. Nicolas Winding Refn, not so much. It would be the most boring Iron Man movie ever. I love his work, but his pacing is far too droning and meticulous for a fast-paced crowd pleaser.
Ben Stiller is a great idea. Nicolas Winding Refn, not so much. It would be the most boring Iron Man movie ever. I love his work, but his pacing is far too droning and meticulous for a fast-paced crowd pleaser.
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12:14PM on 12/15/2010

I agree with the list except for...

Greengrass. No thanks, I want an Iron Man sequel where I could actually SEE the action without getting dizzy. Out of the list, I'd say give it to either Cuaron or Wright.
Greengrass. No thanks, I want an Iron Man sequel where I could actually SEE the action without getting dizzy. Out of the list, I'd say give it to either Cuaron or Wright.
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11:57AM on 12/15/2010

Ben Stiller...

are you kidding me?
are you kidding me?
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11:49AM on 12/15/2010
shane black would be a good choice too i think
shane black would be a good choice too i think
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12:41PM on 12/15/2010
Very good call. It was actually between him and Greengrass and eventually I picked the dude with more directorial experience. But if they let Black write and direct, I'd be a happy man.
Very good call. It was actually between him and Greengrass and eventually I picked the dude with more directorial experience. But if they let Black write and direct, I'd be a happy man.
11:46AM on 12/15/2010
Neil Blomkamp or Edgar Wright.

Anybody but Greengrass, Bay, Ratner, or McG.
Neil Blomkamp or Edgar Wright.

Anybody but Greengrass, Bay, Ratner, or McG.
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11:44AM on 12/15/2010

hate to say it but...

Michael Bay is gonna get it...
Michael Bay is gonna get it...
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11:40AM on 12/15/2010

Brett Ratner and McG - co-dierting

X3 + Terminator Salvation = Iron Man 3 will be the best movie evernerest!
X3 + Terminator Salvation = Iron Man 3 will be the best movie evernerest!
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12:57PM on 12/15/2010
Produced by Michael Bay, of course . . .
Produced by Michael Bay, of course . . .
11:37AM on 12/15/2010

Second Neil

That's Neil Blomkamp, son.
That's Neil Blomkamp, son.
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11:36AM on 12/15/2010
Neill Blomkamp?
Neill Blomkamp?
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12:43PM on 12/15/2010
Blomkamp has shown absolutely zero interest working in the studio system on a big blockbuster style movie. He's making "Elysium" independently and seems to be happier with that route (plus I think it winds up paying him better in the end than Marvel ever could/would).
Blomkamp has shown absolutely zero interest working in the studio system on a big blockbuster style movie. He's making "Elysium" independently and seems to be happier with that route (plus I think it winds up paying him better in the end than Marvel ever could/would).
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