Marvel Boss Reveals Iron Man 3 Details
Marvel Movies boss Kevin Fiege has been speaking at length with MTV about Iron Man 3, revealing new details about the plot, the main villain – the Mandarin – and how the events of the film are directly influenced by Tony Stark’s experience during The Avengers.
“This film, it’s much less the culmination of the previous Iron Man movies: this is ‘Iron Man: A Shane Black Film’,” says Feige. “That, to me, is by far the most unique thing about this movie.”
That doesn’t, however, mean it exists in a vacuum. “So much of the journey of Iron Man 3 is informed by Tony’s experiences in The Avengers,” he says. “It’s almost like post-traumatic stress: he really has retreated after the events of The Avengers into his workshop, where he’s building advanced versions of his suits. He has designed a version of the suit that can latch onto him in individual pieces, any time, anywhere.
“As he starts to realise, it’s basically because he doesn’t want to be out of the suit: he’s seen a lot of things in Avengers and has encountered a lot of powerful people, much more powerful than he is.”
But then his lab is destroyed, “just as he’s starting to realise he needs to be in the suit at all times and in the safety of his workshop… It brings us back to the Tony we met in the first part of Iron Man where he’s removed from that convoy and brought to the cave with nothing but a box of scraps. It’s fun for all of us to watch Tony try to figure out how to get out of that scenario. Much of the movie is Tony in the middle of the country without his tools and a fairly broken suit to help him. But that’s his superpower: he wasn’t born on Asgard, he wasn’t hit by gamma rays, and he doesn’t have the super soldier serum. His power is his brain. It’s fun to put Tony Stark in a corner with nothing and see how he can get out of it.”
Of the film’s main villain, played by Sir Ben Kingsley, he says, “We felt there was leeway to explore the Mandarin in a way that hasn’t been explored before. We found we couldn’t point to any sort of definitive Mandarin story in the comics, so as we’ve done with many of the films, we did an amalgamation. The Mandarin is relentless: he’s a non-stop threat, and you’ve seen that in the first teaser trailer when Tony Stark’s house tumbles into the sea. He doesn’t mess around, this guy.”
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