In February it was announced that Shane Black would pick up where Jon Favreau left off in Marvel’s live action Iron Man franchise. Black knows a thing or two about the action genre, and he’s worked with Robert Downey Jr. in the past, so there was little to no concern regarding his ability to fit in with the established crew. Although he’s talented, Black’s area of expertise isn’t directing, it’s writing, therefore we were shocked when he wasn’t also confirmed to pen Iron Man 3′s screenplay. But don’t worry, according to AICN, he’ll tackle the camera and the page!

Black recently appeared at the Omaha Film Festival, where he spoke openly for the first time about Iron Man 3 and his new gig. He told the audience that he would be writing the film’s screenplay and both him and Downey are scheduled to meet later this week to discuss the story. Apparently, the actor will have input into where the superhero will go this time around. We’re not sure if that’s a good or a bad thing, but it seemed to have worked for Edward Norton in The Incredible Hulk (but look where he is now?).

Black said, “Iron Man 3 will not be another ‘two men in iron suits fighting each other’ film. Instead, it will be more like a Tom Clancy-thriller, with Iron Man fighting real world villains.”

When you think Tom Clancy, you think of a world driven by politics and greed. What better way to introduce that than with The Mandarin? He’s always been Iron Man’s arch-nemesis and it makes no sense for them to consistently ignore him in this series. Sure, they’ll have to make a few changes to tone him down, but it could work!

What do you think of Black writing the script for Iron Man 3? What do you think of its tone? Should Downey have input?