question of the day: Who should Iron Man battle in ‘Iron Man 3’?

So it’s $128 million for Iron Man 2 over its first weekend in North America: that’s down more than $5 million from the Sunday estimates, but it’s still good enough to trump Iron Man’s $98 million opening two years ago. (IM2 dropped 52 percent in the U.K. over its second weekend there, but still easily retained the No. 1 spot at the box office.) If Iron Man 3 wasn’t already inevitable, it is now. Which prompts the question:

Who should Iron Man battle in Iron Man 3?

Director and big ol’ geek Jon Favreau has already gone on record as saying that he’d like the next villain to be the Mandarin (this means nothing to me; I’m totally unfamiliar with Iron Man story history). From MTV:

“You’ve got to do the Mandarin,” Favreau said of the next “Iron Man” baddie, a martial-arts expert who has superhuman powers that can tear apart Iron Man’s suit with his bare hands. “The problem with the Mandarin is that the way it’s depicted in the comic books, you don’t want to see that.

“He has 10 magical rings — that just doesn’t feel right for our [franchise],” the director reasoned. “So it’s either tech-based, or the rings are not really rings. But maybe with Thor and all those others, you’ll introduce magic to that world and it won’t seem so out of place.”

As Favreau hints there and goes on to note, everything is necessarily still up in the air regarding the content of an Iron Man 3:

” ‘Iron Man 3,’ to pay it off, there’s so much left to understand about what the world is going to be like then,” the filmmaker reasoned. “You’ve got ‘Thor,’ ‘Captain America,’ ‘Avengers’ all happening with different directors before ‘Iron Man 3,’ and that’s all going to affect ‘Iron Man 3.’ ”

What advice/suggestions/pleadings would you have for Favreau for Iron Man 3?

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