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Irish author Eoin Colfer plans to bring Iron Man to Ireland to face off with Dublin girl who can match his banter

Published 04/11/2015 | 12:24

Robert Downey Junior as Iron Man in the movie adaptation
Robert Downey Junior as Iron Man in the movie adaptation

Wexford author Eoin Colfer has revealed he intends bringing Iron Man to Ireland in the next instalment in the Marvel book series which he has signed up to write.

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Colfer plans to bring the character, made popular by Robert Downey Junior's portrayal in the big budget Hollywood blockbusters, to the capital for an "eco summit" where he will encounter a Dublin girl who can match Tony Stark's PhD level banter.

"I really wanted to bring him over to Ireland," he told Anton Savage on Today FM. "I had to clear that first.  With Disney and Marvel they're very precious with their characters.

"For the first time in my life I had to put a summary of what I intended to write, and my big thing was I wanted him to come over to Ireland, to Dublin specifically, and that was cleared."

However, Stark can expect to get quite a different reaction from the Irish people than the one he's used to at home in the States.

"I think Irish people's attitude towards superheroes would be a little bit like their attitude towards famous people and rock stars in general," added Eoin.

Author Eoin Colfer
Author Eoin Colfer

"They're highly sceptical, so he's not going to get the adulation he would get in America. 'Ah here, would you look at yer man in his suit of armour!'

"I think that would be an interesting dynamic!"

Eoin also revealed he has no plans to give Pepper Potts a large role, although he "might introduce an Irish girl."

He said, "I don't know about a love interest but definitely someone who can give as good as she gets in terms of the Stark banter.  A Dublin girl would be able for Tony."

The Artemis Fowl author's take on Iron Man will be released in the autumn of 2016.

Initially he was asked to write a book about both Iron Man and Captain America.

"I said I'm not really interested in Captain America because he's very good and he's totally noble whereas Tony has got this little dark side to him which I kind of like and I can play with. He's got plenty of Achilles heels.  Every limb is an Achilles limb.  He's going to have some problems in this book."

Colfer revealed that he would love to see the book inspire a big screen adaptation or "cartoon series" or "graphic novel".

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