‘Iron Man 2’ to Remain Grounded
Justin Theroux spoke with IGN about his early work on Iron Man 2 which will start shooting next spring for a May 2010 release.
"Iron Man is just a unique character in the comic book world,” Theroux said. “He can get away with being incorrigible, slightly awful, funny, sexist at times. He has a very high threshold for things that he can do and get away with.
"So in a weird way it’s a lot of fun writing for him and it’s not like writing a more stoic superhero part. Obviously, you have the story elements and the action elements and all those gears of that you want to make sure are well oiled. But within that you can have a lot of play."
To write the sequel, he recognizes the need to keep things set in a somewhat familiar world. "[You] can’t really go crazy,” he said. “It has to live within the same world Tony lives in, which is the world of technology. So it can’t get too far afield. It’s not really our job to suit all the other characters. Our first concern – Jon [Favreau]’s first concern – is that we raise the level on Iron Man 2 and make sure the audience gets exactly and more of what they wanted before in a really satisfying story that’s really fun and playful. As good a movie as possible. And after that we’ll think about ways that we can plug in other elements that might exist in other films or other worlds."
Production Weekly lists the film as using the working title Rasputin lending credence to the rumors of Crimson Dynamo and Black Widow making appearances. "Everything is a moving target but we’ve kind of locked in on what we think will be satisfying bad people," he said.