Iron Man 3: Bob Layton to Talk with Shane Black About Possible Villain THE GHOST

<i>Iron Man 3:</i> Bob Layton to Talk with Shane Black About Possible Villain THE GHOST

The legendary comic book writer informs 411 Mania that he will be meeting with the director of IM3, and will discuss his desire to see Robert Downey Jr. duke it out against The Ghost. He also describes the flaws of Iron Man 2.

Shawn Lealos writes for 411 Mania and Yahoo, he sat down with Layton and got him to open up quite a bit. Bob Layton is the man who revived the Iron Man comic with such wonderful story arcs like "Demon in the Bottle." Something that was poorly touched on in the last sequel.

Now mind you that this interview took place on the 11th of June, so there is a good shot that Layton has already met with Shane. Why this interview slipped through the cracks is bizarre, but I love the idea of using The Ghost.

Shawn Lealos – They say Shane Black is taking the movie back into the espionage side of things. Maybe bring back some classic bad guys like The Ghost.

Bob Layton – I'll let you know when I talk to him. The Ghost is who I want them to go with. It's the villain I want them to use. I'm looking forward to getting the chance to talk to him about it.

Shawn Lealos – When Rhodey put on the armor was that on your run?

Bob Layton – No. We created Rhodey but someone else put him in the armor. Which, I was always against by the way. Every time you have more than one Iron Man, it loses the uniqueness of Iron Man.

Shawn Lealos – At the time they put him in the armor, it was because Tony was going through the alcohol problems…

Bob Layton – But the trouble is, you can't put that Genie back in the bottle. We tried to do that because when we took over, we had Rhodey have a huge accident and swore he'd never put the armor on again, so we wouldn't have two Iron Men running around.

Shawn Lealos – But it happened anyway.

Bob Layton – Exactly. Look at the Iron Man 2 movie. It dilutes the uniqueness by having Rhodey running around as War Machine. Plus you have all those robots and everything. Every time you do that, it diminishes your lead character. I'm not a big fan of that.


"Ghost is an industrial criminal, someone who can sabotage corporations and steal secrets from them through computer technology. With Tony Stark's company based mostly on technology, this cyber terrorist might be a fresh concept to help "Iron Man" hit the ground running once " - Shawn Lealos, Yahoo

Powers and abilities - The Ghost wears a battlesuit that he designed, and that contains various devices powered by electricity. Cybernetic circuitry in the Ghost's hood enables him to control the devices in his costume by mental command. The Ghost's costume, due to the Ghost Tech, allows him to become invisible and to turn other objects invisible as long as he is touching them. The Ghost's costume also enables him to become intangible by placing him out of phase with this dimensional plane, granting him the ability to phase through objects. The battle-suit does not allow him to be both invisible and intangible simultaneously; it also does not allow him to pass through an unknown synthetic material developed by Justin Hammer's scientists. Circuitry in the battle-suit enables him to control and reprogram computers by touching the computers or equipment containing computers.

His battle-suit renders the Ghost undetectable by most scanning devices.
The Ghost also invented guns that fire bursts of electricity, and guns that fire concussive force blasts. He uses various explosive devices, including self-targeting Anson grenades and bombs activated by sound, and a large arsenal of high-tech weaponry.

The Ghost has a gifted intellect, and is a brilliant inventor, technician, engineer, demolitions expert, and computer scientist.
Courtesy of wikipedia

Iron Man 3 hits theaters May 3, 2013.

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Asterisk - 9/2/2011, 8:07 AM
The Ghost is awesome. Good pick.
95 - 9/2/2011, 8:18 AM
Just bring Iron Man to a war zone and I'm fine.

Actually, I'm less excited about this now.
MaddMonkk - 9/2/2011, 8:19 AM
No Mandarin, No movie. Ghost is cool for reboot
PaulRom - 9/2/2011, 8:21 AM
Not a bad choice, but the Mandarin has to be in it.
KungFuKoala - 9/2/2011, 8:22 AM
Can't argue with his assessment of Iron Man 2. People tend to blame the Avengers tie ins for the lacklustre overall product, but I've always felt that there was a tech overload on show which weakened the movie and the main character.
HelaGood - 9/2/2011, 8:23 AM
Ghost would work! could be a different angle than what weve seen already... thank god its not another bad robot villain.

Ghost always reminded me of something Mike Mignola would come up with... very similar to Johann Kraus
Minato - 9/2/2011, 8:26 AM
TheBatman938865 - 9/2/2011, 8:26 AM could you go to a small villain like The Ghost when we were building up to Mandarin and after the events in The Avengers?! i want Jon Favreau back, granted Iron Man 2 wasn't perfect..but it was still cool and now that they got The Avengers established they could go back to the awesomeness that was Iron Man 1 but keep the action they had in 2
95 - 9/2/2011, 8:28 AM
Shane Black, say no!
mikesinuman - 9/2/2011, 8:29 AM
NOOO!!! its the MANDARIN!!! or they could try the FOOKIEN, or the CANTONESE. any way there are a lot of chinese language they can choose.^_^
Minato - 9/2/2011, 8:29 AM
I want Mandarins Rings the Infinity Gauntlet and a Green Lantern Ring. Super Bling
superotherside - 9/2/2011, 8:30 AM
would love Ghost to be in it! I don't mind if Manderin is like introduced, he could be like the final fight villain and then go after him in IM4... because with a huge character like that I'd like him in at least two films...
RunDTC - 9/2/2011, 8:30 AM
who should play Ghost? Ben Foster maybe?
Starlight - 9/2/2011, 8:32 AM
Awesome description, never heard of the character.
Ironnick - 9/2/2011, 8:36 AM
I didn't know who The Ghost was before this, after reading this I like the idea of him being the villain in the next movie.
TheShakeBake - 9/2/2011, 8:37 AM
Ghost is good, but i really wana See Crimson Dynamo or Mandarin.. why did we have to have Whiplash in the last one? we Could have had Crimson then the third one could have had Mandarin!!
Minato - 9/2/2011, 8:38 AM
@Otherside I could see that working well especially since the 10 rings were already in the other 2 movies.
Spidey91 - 9/2/2011, 8:40 AM
essentially it's another suit wearing villain,only far more's cool and everything,but I would like to see The Mandarin in IM3...unless they're saving Mandarin for something MUCH bigger,you know what I mean? ;)
jjmeylar - 9/2/2011, 8:40 AM
I think Spy Master, the Ghost, Living Lazer, and Radioactive Man are some good ideas for possible villains. ((no more than two of them, though))
jjmeylar - 9/2/2011, 8:41 AM
OH! Zeke Stane, too.
Minato - 9/2/2011, 8:46 AM
I like the Armored Adventures design shown above with the hood and ninja-esqe feel to it.
Minato - 9/2/2011, 8:48 AM
I want the Mandarin just as much as everyone else but if he is not done well or underused (Red Skull) everyone including me will be bashing it on this website.
Zarog - 9/2/2011, 8:49 AM
I'll be pissed if they don't have Mandarin in this. They've made mentions of the ten rings already, it's time to get IM's best villain out.
Minato - 9/2/2011, 8:50 AM
BTW does anyone but me like the Ironman Armored Adventures cartoon that comes on Nicktoons wednesday nights?
spidey1994 - 9/2/2011, 8:51 AM
Still hoping for The Mandarin, I will be pretty pissed off if he's ot in the movie.
rbfn04 - 9/2/2011, 8:57 AM
Ghost is cool, but RDJ is getting up there in age. Don't know how many IM movies he has in him. Mandarin gotta be in it
marvel72 - 9/2/2011, 8:58 AM
the ghost would be cool,but i want another villain as well.

-crimson dynamo
-titanium man
-living laser
-spy hunter
-fing fang foom
-modok & a.i.m
DioFoRio - 9/2/2011, 8:58 AM
that pic of Ghost looks like Psycho Mantis
dahamma - 9/2/2011, 8:58 AM
Heck yes they should! I wouldn't of thought of him, but now that i think of it it could really work.

I agree about the war machine thing, he shouldn't be in the movie, It does take away from the Uniqueness of Iron Man. I have that same concern with BEta Ray Bill being in THor
SageMode - 9/2/2011, 8:58 AM
All I gotta say is.....If they Ghost in IM3, THEY BETTER PUT THE [frick]ING MANDARIN IN THERE AS THE MAIN VILLAIN.
longbowhunter - 9/2/2011, 9:00 AM
I like Ghost.
Lockjaw - 9/2/2011, 9:02 AM

Sounds cool, maybe you could work the extremis storyline in there as well... and then have the manderin & fin fang foom in IM4 hinting at thanos...
ThreeBigTacos - 9/2/2011, 9:06 AM
Hush2010: im actually watching the whole first season on netflix now, its really awesome! I thought the idea seemed dumb but its pulled off well and the Action is sweet.
Digitaria51 - 9/2/2011, 9:06 AM
Sooooooo, saving Mandarin for Avengers 2?
ThreeBigTacos - 9/2/2011, 9:07 AM
And the if he's in any of the movies, Mandarin should look like he does in the Armored Adventures series.
Minato - 9/2/2011, 9:13 AM
Agreed. I thought making him a teenager would turn me off to the entire thing but I dont mind so much. If you get the mandarin in IM3 would you rather the armoered version from the toon or the original human one?
jaysin420 - 9/2/2011, 9:18 AM
I totally agree with the War Machine stuff.

IM should have beat him to death in 10 seconds when they fought, drunk and all.
SCOURGE - 9/2/2011, 9:21 AM
I'd rather have Spymaster working for the Mandarin
VictorHugo - 9/2/2011, 9:25 AM
Good pick! That should be an interesting challenge. I´d love to see a depowered Mandarin though.
HelaGood - 9/2/2011, 9:26 AM
Mandarin would be a good villain too. especially since weve had so much Mandarin foreplay. and then we could have fin fang foom too!
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