Saw it tonight and thought it was terrific. Dead on casting with a storyline that doesn't take itself to seriously but treats the source material seriously (if that makes sense).
Jon Favreau planned Iron Man as the first in a trilogy, and has signed on all the original actors. Paramount chief executive officer Brad Grey expects a 2010 release date for the second movie of the series. Favreau believes sequels will allow a latitude in tone, and explore darker story elements such as alcoholism, which he intentionally set aside from the first film.
Favreau feels depicting Iron Man's nemesis, the Mandarin, who was created as a metaphor for communism, will be challenging, as he finds the character dated. He also wants to streamline the effort it takes for Stark to put on his armor, considering the "assembly line" effort he makes in the first film.
Downey noted "the next one is about what do you do with the rest of your life once you've completely changed. I think the drinking and all that stuff would be a good way to confront his age, to confront his doubts, to confront the fact that maybe Pepper gets a boyfriend." Downey and Favreau met with Shane Black, who suggested they model Stark on Robert Oppenheimer, who became depressed with being "the destroyer of worlds" after working on the Manhattan Project.
As much of his screentime was cut from the film, Terrence Howard is anticipating becoming War Machine in the sequel. Howard said he would like to follow the slow arc of the comics with Rhodes temporarily becoming Iron Man while Stark succumbs to alcohol, joking "I don't want to introduce War Machine too early for my own monetary benefit."
Downey is reprising his role for a cameo appearance in The Incredible Hulk (2008). Favreau has also expressed interest in directing Downey as the character in an Avengers movie.
I saw it tonight. It may be premature, but I believe it to be the best superhero movie of the "modern" era. Better than Batman Begins or Spiderman. I think Downey is a fantastic and engaging actor. I'm not surprised--he's good in almost everything he does. Bridges and Paltrow both did a fine job as well. Iron Man was exactly what a summer blockbuster movie should be......
I saw the movie Saturday. Just like everyone else has said, it was great.
I need to get me a new wife though, she slept through it!
Favreau is absolutely the guy to direct the Avengers movie. I feel they should make one more IM film to deal with Stark's alcoholism and Rhodes' inhabitation of the suit... and then go straight to the Avengers!
Just got home from seeing it...loved it.
I was just reading an article that states Iron Man made over 100 mil over the weekend (isn't it still the weekend?), over 104 mil since Thursday, and over 200 mil Wordwide...so far.
Evidently, from what I read elsewhere, theaters were adding extra screens and extra late night showings to handle the demand.
The Associated Press: Marvel turns into gold with $100M-plus debut
i just got back from seeing it, loved it, it had just about everything i like in a movie.
stayed until the end of the credits... seemed like a life time! but i waited, everyone had left apart from me the misses and daughter. wasnt really worth it to be honest but hey its all good
the movie was great though, as was the previews for hulk, indy, batman, and looking forward to ironman 2 now
Just came back from seeing it...nothing short of spectacular. Downey is dead on Tony Stark.......loved the end of the credits scene well worth the wait!
YES!!! I caught that a pointed out to my son who was loving every moment of it!
Originally Posted by Earth 2 Chris