It almost seemed a foregone conclusion that Jon Favreau would be the man behind the Iron Man franchise for the foreseeable future. Last December, that future became seeable, Favreau, upset with the way Iron Man 2 was handled, stepped aside, and the rumor mill began churning. Who would step in as his successor to the franchise, to step up to the plate of continuing the flamboyant, dangerous, and ultra-cool lifestyle of one Tony Stark.

Now, according to THR, one name has been thrown into contention to do that very thing. Shane Black, the writer behind modern action classics like Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, and writer/director of Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, has been meeting with Marvel execs. The belief is that he is looking to fill the director’s chair, but if hired, he would probably also serve writing duties, as well.

Black has had an on again/off again relationship with Hollywood film making when it comes to his scripts. At one point he was the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood but felt jaded by the industry when many of his screenplays, including Last Action Hero, were rewritten and chopped up to the point of being unrecognizable from former drafts.

Having Black fill in writing and directing duties on Iron Man 3 could be a breath of fresh yet cutting air. He has previously worked with Robert Downey Jr. on Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, one of Downey’s big stepping stones in getting back onto the A list, and the rough edges Black generally includes in his characters could fit in perfectly with the Tony Stark character. Black’s screenplay could do great justice to the “Demon in a Bottle” arc where Stark loses himself to alcoholism and *spoilers* briefly steps down as the leader of the Avengers.

While this news gets fans of the series excited, it’s anything but a done deal. This was simply a meeting, and sources claim Marvel is continuing to meet with potential helmers.

Disney and Marvel plan to have Iron Man 3 in theaters on May 3rd, 2013.

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