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"Iron Man" Gets 2008 Release Date

Jon Favreau The Hollywood Reporter says Marvel's next comic-book adaptation, "Iron Man," will be released May 2, 2008.

The film marks a departure for Marvel Comics since it will be the first Marvel property self-financed by the company. Previous efforts, such as the "Spider-Man" and "X-Men" films, were co-financed by major studios.

At first glance the new autonomy would seem to be a good thing, but free reign isn't always the best option. Exhibit A: George "Free as a bird" Lucas' "Star Wars" prequels. Yeah. Scary.

However, "Iron Man" is in the hands of actor/director Jon Favreau ("Swingers," "Elf") and Favreau is already displaying an uncanny ability to find and cultivate an audience. The film won't go into production until January, but Favreau is stoking early fan-boy lust with his very own MySpace Iron Man Group. (Incidentally, Favreau deserves major props for using a shot from "PCU" as his MySpace avatar.)

Now that "Iron Man" has a release date, expect other major announcements -- including casting -- to quickly fall in line. And you can expect they'll all be chronicled in detail on this very site. -- Mac Slocum

Posted by Mac on June 23, 2006 7:06 PM
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