It's not a question of whether or not we're going to see 'Iron Man 3.' Rather, it's question of how early we're going to get in line. Even after the disappointing 'Iron Man 2,' we have faith that director Shane Black can ride that post-'Avengers' momentum and tell a great Iron Man story. After all, what goes down here is bound to color the entirety of Marvel's Phase Two!
Since we're a bunch of obsessive nerds over here, we went through that brand new 'Iron Man 3' trailer frame-by-frame to see what we could discern about the latest adventure of Tony Stark. Join us as we take a look at the ten moments in the new trailer that have us pumped for 'Iron Man 3.'
Tony Stark Has Some Issues
"I'm Tony Stark. I build neat stuff, I got a great girl and occasionally save the world. So why can't I sleep?
How would you feel if you barely survived saving the world from an alien invasion while fighting alongside a Norse god and a giant green rage monster? You'd probably question everything. We've heard that 'Iron Man' will deal directly with the fallout of 'The Avengers' and it looks like Tony is having a hard time getting back to the way things were before. This is probably the closest we'll see to an adaptation of the infamous "Demon in a Bottle" comic storyline (which dealt with Tony's alcoholism) -- how exactly does a superhero deal with crippling personal trauma? It looks like his fourth outing as Tony Stark will allow Robert Downey Jr. to really bring his acting chops.
'Iron Man 2' saw Tony's best friend James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) obtain the War Machine armor and join the final battle against Mickey Rourke's Whiplash. For the new film, Rhodey's position as an officer in the United States Air Force has led to his armor getting a red, white and blue paint job, transforming War Machine into the Iron Patriot. The results look slick, but you know Tony is going to have a few snarky things to say about it.
"Mr. Stark, today is the first day of what's left of your life."
Tony Stark is usually a guy with a plan. Being a super genius with a suit of high tech armor means always having the upper hand...until now. We've already seen the destruction of Tony's home in the previous trailers, but this one showcases just how unexpected and horrifying it is and just how unprepared Tony is to deal with the attack. Seeing Tony struggle to get his armor on as his home collapses around him is pretty thrilling stuff.
"Do you want an empty life?"
The casting of Gwyneth Paltrow as Tony's love interest Pepper Potts is the gift that keeps on giving. First, she was the perfect verbal sparring partner for Robert Downey Jr. in the first two 'Iron Man' films. Then she gave Tony something to fight for during the exhilarating climax of 'The Avengers.' Their relationship looks like it's going to be pushed to the limit in the new film and since we've spent three films watching (and loving) these two together, it should have more weight than your typical blockbuster romance.
The Mandarin: Our Next Great Comic Book Villain?
"You're not a man. You're nothing more than a maniac."
If the trailer is any indication, Ben Kingsley is looking looking to establish a new high watermark for cinematic supervillains with his take on the Mandarin, which looks like it could be something special...or a special kind of disaster. Between his ambiguously accented voice and militaristic cult wardrobe, Kingsley looks and sounds downright bizarre. And you know what? We'll take it. The past two 'Iron Movies' were marred by forgettable villains, so it's about time this series took a risk and swung for the fences with its antagonist. We just hope whatever Kingsley is doing here ends up being more than a collection of oddball tics.
Who is Aldrich Killian? We know he's being played by Guy Pearce and we know that he's a scientist who has created a dangerous new technology called Extremis that will spell all kinds of trouble for Tony Stark, but that's about it, really. The trailer doesn't feature much of Pearce, but we do get to see him strolling through a creepy laboratory filled with shady villain types, so we definitely know he's up to no good. After all, if you need to put your lab in what appears to be an underground bunker, there's no way in hell that you're trustworthy.
Putting on That Armor in Style
Each movie featuring Iron Man has faced a difficult challenge: how do you get Tony Stark into his armor in the most badass way possible? We thought nothing could top the scene in 'The Avengers' where Tony activates his armor while plummeting off the side of Stark Tower, but it looks like 'Iron Man 3' may have topped it. In true action hero style, Tony leaps off a platform (while something explodes behind him, of course) and slides right into his auto-piloted armor. To call it cool would be an understatement.
"No politics here. Just good old fashioned revenge."
Robert Downey Jr. is a naturally funny actor, a fact that didn't escape previous Marvel directors Jon Favreau and Joss Whedon. You don't go to an 'Iron Man' movie for the awesome armors -- you go for Downey Jr.'s quick witted sarcasm. The action is just a nice bonus. 'Iron Man 3' director Shane Black has previously worked with Downey Jr. on the wonderful 'Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang' (where the actor was a comedic force of nature), so we're looking at a duo who know how to get the best out of each other. As dark as 'Iron Man 3' looks, we're happy to know that there will be plenty of laughs tucked in around the superhero antics.
"There's my boys."
The moment we saw them on the poster, we knew this would be the BIG MOMENT of the new trailer. In order to properly combat the Mandarin, Tony and Rhodey need a little help...and dozens of Iron Man armors answer the call. We don't know where they come from. We don't know if they're being worn or being remote controlled. We don't know exactly how they'll figure into the movie. But we do know that 'Iron Man 3' is going to feature a literal army of Iron Men for the big climax.
Your move, other 2013 summer blockbusters.
Among Tony's various armors, the trailer gives us a quick and memorable look at a massive suit that can best be described as the Iron Man version of a tank. The internet has already pointed out that is bears a pretty strong resemblance to the "Hulkbuster" armor of the comics, which Tony creates to help combat a certain, uh, Hulk. Is this just another cool amor or is Marvel sowing the seeds for a conflict in a future movie? Hmm...
'Iron Man 3' opens on Mar 3rd. It's going to make <em>all</em> of the money.