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Hypothetical: Iron Man 3 and The Avengers in the Same Summer

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CinemaBlend‘s Josh Tyler is stretching things a bit with his story about Iron Man 3, making a few assumptions about the possible Marvel double-trouble mix of both a third Iron Man film and The Avengers being released in the same summer. However, it does raise an interesting hypothetical situation. First, the logic — in an AP story about the upcoming Zach Galifianakis, Robert Downey Jr. led comedy Due Date, it was reported that “Downey said he aims to suit up for a third Iron Man flick.” This sort of a statement can be taken any number of ways, including the notion that he would be suiting up for The Avengers (due out in 2012). For the purposes of this exorcise, we’re going to take it to mean that a “third Iron Man movie” means Iron Man 3.

As Tyler points out, there’s no reasonable way that Marvel could produce and have ready for release another Iron Man film for the summer of 2011. And they wouldn’t have to, as both Captain America and Thor will be in theaters that summer. This would leave the summer of 2012, where The Avengers sits all by itself, ready to dominate the world of comic book movies as the first major cross-over film in the history of comic adaptations. But what if a third Iron Man film was released say, a month before?

Surely this scenario would please fans of Marvel properties, as it would mean back-to-back years of double Marvel releases. And it would see Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man in two films in one summer. After the success of the first film and the impending boom of the Jon Favreau-directed sequel in May, it seems like a smart move not only to satisfy the will of the fans, but also a sure-fire financial move for the fledgling Marvel Studios. They are hot, and it would make sense for them to squeeze as many quality products out possible over the next few years, before the well runs dry. The only problem is shooting schedule — Robert Downey Jr. would essentially have to shoot two Marvel movies in sequence, with Iron Man 3 and The Avengers. That’s not an easy thing to do, especially for an actor like Downey, who is in high demand for other projects as well. And for that matter, he’s an actor who likes to take on a range of projects — meaning his schedule fills up quickly.

Of course — as I mentioned — this is all very hypothetical. And makes for an interesting dream world in which Iron Man fans get double doses of their favorite hard-rockin’ metal suited hero. In this hypothetical reality, we all also get free beer. (Might as well go for it while we’re making things up, right?)

What say you about this wild Iron-filled dream scenario?

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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