Robert Downey Jr. has revealed that Abrams acted as an occasional consultant on the movie when he and director Shane Black would find themselves in need of an outside opinion, especially with figuring out the final act. Here’s what he told IGN:
“There were a couple times in Iron Man 3 where our lifeline was we’d call Jon Favreau. ‘What do we do?’ He’d be like, ‘Stick with this. Stick with the love story,’ or whatever. Then he’d say, ‘Wait, didn’t we used to do this same thing with Shane?’ Because we reached out to Shane a bunch, particularly in the first Iron Man.
Then I think we reached out to J.J. Abrams at one point when we were really confused in Act III, and he helped us, too. It’s just interesting. Usually you think, in the legacy of filmmakers that come and go, there’s something so evocative about how strange it is that this particular strain of the Marvel universe was so successful, so what are the reasons for that and how do we keep that vital and just have fun?”
Star Trek, Star Wars and now Marvel, this man is on a run unheard of. If you like the way Iron Man 3 turns out, it looks like you might owe a bit of thanks to J.J. For helping out.
What do you think about J.J. Maybe getting a Marvel franchise to direct one day? What do you think would be a good fit?