A week ago we heard that screenwriter-turned-director Shane Black was a candidate to replace Jon Favreau as the director of Iron Man 3. Now according to Deadline, Black has been offered the job and he’s currently in negotiations to direct the third film in the Marvel franchise.

This will mark a reunion between Black and star Robert Downey Jr. who previously worked together on the film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. 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.

It’s not clear if Black will also pen the script for Iron Man 3. The screenplay deal hasn’t been finalized. We’re also not sure what storyline they’re interested in tackling for what should be the hero’s final battle.

Even though it’s going to be weird watching Iron Man 3 without Favreau’s name attached, Black’s not a bad choice. He already has a relationship with Downey and he knows his stuff when it comes to the action genre. We approve of his hiring.

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

What do you think of Black replacing Favreau as the director of Iron Man 3?