Your prayers have been answered. At least, I assume you were praying for this. If not, well …

Deadline reports that Shane Black is in final negotiations to direct Iron Man 3.

There are hints within Deadline’s report that Black’s name may have been leaked to gauge fan reaction.   Marvel’s done this before, and I wondered if the wave of positivity that spread across the Internet might not tilt things into Black’s favor.

At this point, it’s not known if Black will also be writing the script to Iron Man 3. Marvel, if you’re listening — let him. Really. We’re cool with that.

In addition to making a swell Iron Man installment, this should give Black a ton of franchise and big budget cred.  I feel confident those of us who want a Doc Savage movie just saw that inch a little closer to reality.