After the teaser to the teaser trailer put us all in a tizzy, we can finally relax, having enjoyed the first trailer for Iron Man 3. All I can say is, “Oh yeah!” This one definitely looks better than Iron Man 2.
For me, Iron Man was one of the best Marvel Comics based films to debut. When I saw Tony Stark in live action, speeding through the skies, war-gaming with Jarvis, I had to wipe a tear from my eye. A comic book legend had really, truly come to life. And hardly any actor looks more like his comic book alter ego than Robert Downey, Jr. looks like Tony.
If we’re honest, the highlight of the sequel was meeting Black Widow. I thought Mickey Rourke did a pretty spectacular Russian accent and it’s always a joy to see Sam Rockwell on the screen, but let’s face it, some bits with Whiplash were a little cartoony.
Yes, Joss Whedon’s Avengers was awesome, but that doesn’t mean I had the highest hopes for a thrilling Iron Man 3. Don’t even get me started on Captain America 2. Will they introduce Sharon Carter or not? I simply must know!
I have to say this trailer restores my faith in the Iron Man solo franchise.
Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios will release Iron Man 3 in 3D and 2D on May 3rd, 2013. The film is directed by Shane Black. Along with Downey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau and Don Cheadle also return. Are you ready for some bad guys? Okay, so Ben Kingsley is acting as scary villain, The Mandarin. Right now I’m on the fence about how I feel about this. Sir Kingsley is an Oscar winner, but he also played a role in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. The film wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but there’s a danger here of what happened to Whiplash in part two. There’s a fine line between drama and melodrama.
Now the baddie who cannot fail is Mr. Guy Pearce. Yes, you heard me. He just performed a killer cameo in Prometheus as Peter Weyland and now he’ll be a comic book villain. Rock on! He was pretty much already a super villain in Prohibition film, Lawless, anyway. He knows what he’s doing.
Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak and James Badge Dale round out the cast. Seems to me the plot will loosely follow the Extremis storyline from the comics. The synopsis circulated the web were a little vague, however. They refer to The Mandarin as simply “an enemy whose reach knows no bounds”. Stark will suffer some personal trauma. It looks like his home is toppled into the ocean. This seems to test Stark in a grueling way, the likes of which we haven’t seen since his original story. Here’s the money line: “Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?”
I’ll be watching! Now, who can tell me why there’s a red, white and blue iron man suit? Okay, it’s more of a silver than a white, but that made me very nervous. If you’ve read Marvel’s Civil War arc, you’d be anxious about it, too. Oh, I get it now. The patriotic suit belongs to War Machine, a.k.a. Rhodes. Duh.