While promoting ‘Iron Man 2,’ Robert Downey Jr. confirmed that ‘Iron Man 3’ will start shooting after ‘The Avengers’ is complete. ‘The Avengers’ will feature many superheroes, including Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Nick Fury and Loki. ‘Iron Man’ director Jon Favreau won’t be directing it, but he will be an executive producer. I realize that ‘The Avengers’ is very popular with Marvel, but this just sounds like a bad idea. If Favreau isn’t directing it, it could potentially change the entire tone of ‘Iron Man,’ and therefore threaten ‘Iron Man 3.’ I guess Marvel figures that there is a lot of money to be made from potential superhero spinoffs. That money won’t be made though if the film tanks. I say convince Favreau to direct.