One fatal flaw that many superhero films tend to suffer is the “Multiple Villain Curse”. In an interview with The LA Times, Jon Favreau assures us that won’t happen:
“You want to be sure you don’t suffer from multi-villainitis,” Favreau said. “That’s been the downfall of many other superhero franchises.”
“I was more concerned about the interpersonal dynamic and how the presence of Natasha [a.k.a. the Black Widow, played by Johansson] would affect Tony and Pepper, because what I didn’t want to do is make this film episodic, like just another episode of a TV series. So one way to approach that is shift the dynamic with the introduction of new characters. So you have Justin Hammer [Rockwell] inserted into the Tony-Rhodey relationship, and you have Natasha Romanoff inserted into the Tony-Pepper relationship. When done right, a superhero movie has the character’s personal life mirroring what’s happening in their superhero world, and sometimes you have to force things to do it. In this case, I’d say, we found an organic way to do it. We wanted both A-story and B-story to be affected by these new characters.”
Favreau didn’t name which franchises he was referring to, but it’s safe to assume he was thinking of Raimi’s Spider-man 3 and Joel Schumacher’s Batman films. It’s comments like these that show me Jon Favreau knows how to make a good film.
Iron Man 2 hits theatres on May 7, 2010.