How to Be Conversant in Shane Black in Under 8 Hours

"Shane is just a genius!" — Robert Downey, Jr.

In last year's The Avengers, Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), risked his life to protect the Earth from an invading alien armada. How do you top saving the entire world and all six billion-plus people in it? That was the quandary facing Marvel Studios in the post-Avengers Marvel Cinematic Universe. Rather than hiring someone like Jerry Bruckheimer or Michael Bay to go bigger and even more bombastic, Marvel went the opposite direction, tapping Shane Black to co-write and direct a smaller and more personal adventure for Stark in his third solo movie, Iron Man 3.

Though you may not know his name, chances are you are already familiar with Shane Black's work. Fresh out of college, he wrote a screenplay that launched an action movie franchise and catapulted a little known actor to stardom. He would
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