Despite seeming nigh-invulnerable (or Hulk-invulnerable, if you will) after The Avengers’ box office dominion, Marvel suffered a bit of a hiccup this week—Robert Downey Jr. injured himself on the set of Iron Man 3, which will delay production on the sequel that hopefully doesn’t suck as much as Iron Man 2.
Apparently, Robert Downey Jr. suffered an ankle injury while performing a stunt for Iron Man 3 (currently filming in Wilmington, North Carolina), and that has put production on hold since, well, he’s Iron Man, after all. Perhaps this will give the production team time to film more boring exposition and backstory for the series’ increasingly boring villains (a bald Jeff Bridges as a cuckoo exec growling inside a walking CGI tank? Mickey Rourke as an oddly-coiffed Russian with whips?) to pad out the film, which is basically a two-hour commercial for The Avengers 2.
Anyway, here’s the boilerplate statement from Disney Studios, which now owns Marvel:
Robert Downey Jr. sustained an ankle injury on the set of Iron Man 3 in Wilmington, North Carolina while performing a stunt. There will be a short delay in the production schedule while he recuperates.
Disney doesn’t seem too panicked, so it’s unlikely that this injury was serious enough to produce a delay significant enough for the film to miss its May 3, 2013 release date. So don’t worry, Iron Man fans, you’ll still have your glib one-liners and depth-less CGI come next May.
What do you think of the Iron Man 3 news?