He's everywhere! How J.J. Abrams helped make Iron Man 3

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Mar 6, 2013, 2:59 PM EST

Fans are already a little miffed that J.J. Abrams has his hands in the Star Trek and Star Wars cookie jars, but it turns he’ll also have some finger prints on Iron Man 3 once it opens later this year. Huh?

After directing the first two Iron Man films, Jon Favreau handed the reins over to Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) for the third installment. Though he was the man calling the shots, it sounds like Black is also smart enough to not let his ego get in the way, and star Robert Downey, Jr. has revealed that both Favreau and Abrams helped pitch in ideas to wrap up the (apparently epic) third act of the film.

Here’s what Downey, Jr. told IGN:

“By the time all was said and done, a million things had changed, but the essential storyline and arc and what it was about and him kind of on the road and this kid and Pepper’s got her own thing. There were a couple times in Iron Man 3 where our lifeline was we’d call Jon Favreau. 'What do we do?' He’d be like, 'Stick with this. Stick with the love story,' or whatever. Then he’d say, 'Wait, didn’t we used to do this same thing with Shane?' Because we reached out to Shane a bunch, particularly in the first Iron Man, the scene where Tony comes back from captivity and readdresses his public and the press.

Shane said it should all be about what his dad would think, and that’s why blah, blah, blah. So there was that. Then I think we reached out to J.J. Abrams at one point when we were really confused in Act III, and he helped us, too. It’s just interesting. Usually you think, in the legacy of filmmakers that come and go, there’s something so evocative about how strange it is that this particular strain of the Marvel universe was so successful, so what are the reasons for that and how do we keep that vital and just have fun?”

That's pretty awesome. It’ll be interesting to see the best ideas of a veritable who’s who of famed directors come together on screen once this one finally opens on May 3.

What do you think Abrams’ contribution might be to the sequel? Lens flare?

(Via IGN)