Still coming off the weekend high, I don't think that anyone will be surprised that Disney announced yesterday that they have put The Avengers sequel in to development. They would have been pretty damned stupid if they didn't but, the big question will be if they can re-make the super special recipe that made the first one so great. It also will be exciting to see if they decide to bring back Joss Whedon to write and direct and if he would be able to pull it off twice and not go all "Jon Favreau: Iron Man 2" on us.
Another big "hurdle" will be that after Iron Man 3, Robert Downey Jr. will have completed his 4 picture deal and they will have to re-negotiate his contract. I can't imagine that he would decide not to do it, but I can imagine that it will cost them a lot of money…a lot. Luckily, all the other main characters are already locked in by multi-picture deals which also makes me hope we could potentially be treated to a Black Widow and/or Hawkeye stand alone film. That would be fun.
Speaking of Iron Man 3, it has finally found its female lead. After much back and forth with Jessica Chastain, she finally told her fans that she won't have time to fit it in to her schedule. And today, they went with Rebecca Hall who last appeared in The Town with Ben Affleck and what an interesting choice that is. Her character will be a scientist who plays a crucial role in creating the nanotechnology known as Extremis. I adored her in both The Town and Vicky Cristina Barcelona. I'm not sure that I find her particularly funny and I hope she can keep up with the RDJ wit but I do really want to love her and hope that Iron Man 3 can capture some of The Avengers' magic and return to its glory days!