Even with just a brief teaser and some set photos, Marvel is making it feel like The Avengers is the end-all-be-all of their superhero movies. But for the people involved, many are already onto the next thing. And for Robert Downey Jr., that means Iron Man 3, which has a predetermined release date of May 3, 2013. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex, Tony Stark himself said he and writer/director Shane Black are on the same page about the film offered this summary:

My sense of it is that we need to leave it all on the field — whatever that means in the end. You can pick several different points of departure for that.

Read what else he had to say after the jump.

In his interview with Hero Complex, Downey Jr. – of course – was continually as vague as that above statement. The film has to raise the bar, right? And even as Shane Black is currently hammering out the script, Downey Jr. said that the film would probably not (emphasis on the “probably”) be as tongue-in-cheek as the pair’s last collaboration, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang:

The thing about Shane is that it will be anything but one of those moments, unless we come up with something that is so cheeky and character-driven and perfect that it has to be in the movie.

He also suggested their experiences on that film cemented their experiences, so far, on Iron Man 3:

He’s more than the sum of his parts and he’s also kind of been a sleeper for a long time. We’re not talking much about [the script] right now because Shane is off writing  and we talked before that and when we are talking again the talking is going to be over pretty quick [because we're on the same page]. It’s kind of like we’re fighting on the same side and at the same time we’re circling each other, so it’s all great. It should be great.

Emphasis on the “should” because the script is still being written. But, either way, Downey Jr. doesn’t see the transition from Favreau to Black to be that major of a deal:

Bringing in Shane Black to write and direct ‘Iron Man 3? to me is basically the only transition from Favreau to a ‘next thing’ that Favreau and the audience and Marvel and I could ever actually sign off on.

Head over to the Los Angeles Times Hero Complex to read more, including some allusion to the fact that Downey Jr. now admits Iron Man 2 had issues.

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