Iron Man 2 is still a solid 6 months away, and already rumors are swirling about the third film.
Recently, Faran Tahir, who played Raza, the leader of the Ten Rings Terrorist organisation that imprisoned Tony Stark at the beginning of the first film, has been speaking about his character possibly becoming the mustached supergenius Mandarin.
"At some point, they want to introduce Mandarin into the storyline and my character, like Mandarin, was the leader of the Ten Rings," he told Moviefone. "We're leaving it open because, partly, it makes good business sense for us to leave a little bit of uncertainty for people to speculate on."
"He [Favreau] has known for a long time where he wants to take it and I don't want to speak for him, but my feeling is that the second movie didn't want to just follow a singular storyline. They wanted to expand the characters to show that it's not a linear saga like Lord of the Rings. There's a linkage somewhere in there, but the big idea is to do at least one more Iron Man movie and then go into The Avengers."
Iron Man 2 hits theaters on May 7, 2010.