The spilled popcorn from last evening’s debut screenings of Iron Man has barely been swept off the floor and we are already starting to hear word that tentative plans are being made for a sequel to be hitting theaters this same weekend two years from now.
Empire On Line is reporting that Paramount honcho Brad Grey has been quoted at the film’s Los Angeles premier that if the film does as well as expected, the studio will greenlight a sequel almost immediately, to premier this same week in 2010. Currently the film is being tracked for an opening weekend gross of just north of $100 million.
Although the third Chronicles Of Narnia installment, The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, is currently scheduled for release on May 7, 2010, Iron Man 2 could still open on April 30. This, of course, raises the question of how early can the summer blockbuster season begin and still be considered in the summer?
This is exciting news as the film subtly lays the foundation for many possible storylines from the comic’s 40-year history to be adapted in future installments. And that’s not including what was promised in the short scene after the film’s end credits have rolled.
Look for our Iron Man review later today.