Iron Man has had a phenomenally good weekend, with box office takings in the U.S. expected to be between $80 and $100 million. So obviously, without further ado, Paramount and Marvel are said to already be making plans for the sequel, and Iron Man 2 could be one of the quickest made sequels ever made.
Dark Horizons are reporting that Sumner Redstone and Brad Grey have already started talking about plans for a sequel, with Iron Man 2 being marked in as a possibility for May 2010, assuming of course Paramount give the green light.
Robert Downey Jr. also seems to be keen to make another, and his personal trainer is said to be preparing the actor for being able to don the suit again in just 5 months time.
All of this bodes well for Marvel, who are now acting as a true independent entity. Since the comic book creators starting churning out films again steadily in 2002, with the original Spiderman, they have released 2-3 films per year.
However, after this year’s Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and Punisher: War Zone, the schedule looks pretty sketchy. Only The X-Men Origins: Wolverine is set for release next year, and then there’s nothing.
A fourth Spiderman film, plus big screen outings for Captain America and Thor seem to all be stuck in development limbo, meaning Iron Man could prove to be the big hitting saviour for the company.