In baseball, the "Iron Man" record is held by Cal Ripken, Jr. at 2,632 consecutive games. Though the Iron Man film record is currently held by director Jon Favreau, it looks like the number to beat is going to hold at something a little bit smaller.
Vulture broke the news just hours ago and it has since been confirmed by SHH: Favreau told Marvel Studios this morning that he will not be returning for a third film.
Does that mean it’s still too soon to start speculating on who should take over for Iron Man 3? Of course not, this is the internet! Here’s SuperHeroHype and CraveOnline’s top five choices for a new Iron Man director:
(Click here to start the list over at SuperHeroHype)
2. Duncan Jones
With the critical acclaim of Moon and the ability to weave a stylish sci-fi narrative, Jones is a shoe-in candidate for some studio to take a big-budget risk on. His name was tossed around as part of the Superman reboot shortlist and he’s a self-professed comic book fan with a tentative link to Iron Man already through Sam Rockwell. Depending on how quickly a choice has to be made, it makes sense to see how Jones’ sophmore effort, Source Code, turns out both with critics and at the box office, but right now he’s got fanboy cred and is a talent poised for exactly this kind of blockbuster break.
Though he’s realistically the most unlikely choice on the list, Verhoeven gets the number one spot for being the guy who directed Robocop (along with a number of other genre masterpieces). Though he’s over 70 and hasn’t had a film released in nearly five years (and one in English, ten), Verhoeven’s Iron Man could be a thing of wonder, getting back to the squeamish grit that Favreau featured in the original. Maybe not the family friendly choice, Verhoeven stands out as an auteur whose track record for heroes in metal suits is bar none.
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