Taking participation in a live web chat with The Los Angeles Times' readers on Wednesday, October 1, director Jon Favreau opened up about few "Iron Man 2" details. Addressing on how early in stage the sequel is in, Favreau explained that the filmmakers are still working on the potential villain.
"We're playing with who the villain should be and what we should incorporate from the comic book," he noted. "And how it will lead into The Avengers." He then added that he is currently working with Justin Theroux, the co-writer of "Tropic Thunder" who is tackling the script's first draft, and a storyboard artist. He is also dealing with the designing of the the good guys and bad guys ' costumes.
As for The Mandarin's potential to be the villain for the sequel, the 41-year-old answered, "Mandarin is still an important figure in the Iron Man universe. We have an interesting take on him that allows us to incorporate the whole pantheon of villains. The whole 10 Rings thing in Iron Man was a good tease for it." When asked further about villain/love interest Madame Masque, he came out with intriguing remark, "Female villain... Now there's an interesting notion."
Discussing on what issues the superhero will be dealing with, Favreau wrote, "The sequel is shaping up to incorporate Tony's vision for the future. What happens after he says 'I am Iron Man?'" He then added, "I focus mostly on story and character. I put a great value on emotion, humor and natural dialogue. The effects are fun to explore in original ways, but without a strong story, they mean nothing."
When addressing on Nick Fury's possible cameo, he hinted the most likely potential insisting, "Shield is important to the franchise, and what is Shield without Fury?" Moreover, he also noted that War Machine will be having his "shoulder cannons and all". The complete written chat with Favreau can be read at Los Angeles Times.