shaneblackWhile it may be "far from a sure thing," Heat Vision says that writer/director Shane Black is a strong contender to direct Iron Man 3. The hot seat was made vacant after Jon Favreau opted out of the project to work with Mickey Mouse and Pluto on Magic Kingdom. Word on the e-streets is that Black met with Marvel Studio executives and, if chosen, would also write a draft of the script.

Robert Downey Jr. and Black previously joined forces on Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and it would be great to bring that mix of maniacal outrageousness back onto the big screen. In the end, all we're really hoping for is a lengthy slow-mo battle royale (in the rain) between Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow and Gwynth Paltrow's Pepper Potts.

Iron Man 3 is scheduled for a release on May 3, 2013. Do you think Shane Black has what it takes to direct the Marvel franchise phenom? Vote in our poll below.