The Iron Man franchise has a lot of roots going back to the original Iron Man, and the company that makes the suit and costume for the sequel is casting a shadow.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the Iron Man creative team reveals that they’ve spent some time over the past few years thinking about how to get cast iron back into production.
“Iron Man 2 is very much about being able to take something that was traditionally cast in iron and turn it into something that’s made of cast iron,” says Iron Man 3 co-writer and director Jon Watts.
“We’ve been thinking about that.”
The movie is slated to arrive in theaters in 2019.
Iron Man is not the only sci-fi property that is undergoing some kind of casting change.
The Walking Dead is gearing up for a season two, and Agents of SHIELD is moving to the big screen with a third season that is set to debut in 2019, though the project is set up in a very different way.
“There are a lot more big tentpoles out there now than there were even in the early 2000s, when it was more like, ‘We’ve got to do this big blockbuster that will be the biggest ever,'” Watts says.
“It was really about taking a big action movie and trying to do it with what you’re familiar with.”
And the franchise has not left behind the science fiction elements of the Iron Fist or The Avengers.
It is a world that has also been touched by the Avengers and Star Wars, which are both Marvel Cinematic Universe titles, though they are set up much more differently.
“The Marvel Cinemacy universe is very different from the DC Universe,” Watts says, “but the way we do things has definitely been a touchstone for the kind of story we’re trying to tell.
We don’t want to do the same thing over and over again.
So we are exploring a variety of ways to tell the story that we’re really interested in.”