Deal would hand the lucrative Marvel superhero franchise to a helmer with no tentpole experience — a la Jon Favreau, who helmed “Iron Man 2.”
Disney has already skedded the actioner for May 3, 2013. Pic would follow “The Avengers,” which it is releasing during summer 2012.
With casting on “Avengers” nearly wrapped — “How I Met Your Mother’s” Cobie Smulders is now set to co-star — Disney is eager to get its Marvel franchises off the ground.
And that includes deciding whether Black will also write the third “Iron Man,” which Black would prefer, given his background in writing action pics like the “Lethal Weapon” franchise.
There’s also the issue of timing, given that Black is set to direct “Death Note” for Warner Bros. and is developing “Doc Savage” for Sony.
Downey may get the last word, given his influence over the role and property to date. Thesp worked with Black on “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” in 2005, a pic that helped put Downey’s career back on track.