Are you still in denial over Jon Favreau not directing Iron Man 3? If so, you should really let it go because Paramount and Marvel are moving ahead with their decision to find another helmer for the sequel. According to THR, the studio is courting Shane Black to not only direct but write the screenplay for the film. How do you feel about that?

The trade reports that Black has met with the execs over at Marvel and given them his take on what the third Iron Man film should look like. At the moment, he’s just being considered for the job but if he’s hired he’ll both write and direct the film. The studio is keeping the story for Iron Man 3 under wraps, so we’re not sure what to expect in terms of the villain this time around.

If the addition of Black to the production sounds weird it shouldn’t. He previously worked with star Robert Downey Jr. on the film Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang. The duo already have a great working relationship. Also, during the eighties and nineties, Black was one of the most coveted action screenwriters around. He penned the script for the first Lethal Weapon movie.

Iron Man 3 is scheduled to open in theaters on May 3, 2013.

What do you think of Black as a possible Favreau replacement?