Although it’s the third installment in the series, 'Iron Man 3' operates in a new and different world than its predecessors. Taking place after the events in 'The Avengers,' the film examines the repercussions of Tony Stark surviving a near-death experience in order to save Earth from an alien invasion – PTSD, the possibility of other extraterrestrial invaders, and so on. But star Robert Downey, Jr. says that the change in the world within the film is symptomatic of changes in the one outside of it.
“On the first Iron Man, we went out and we went to Comic Con, and had a flip phone in his hand and he goes, "This is how it's working from now. You know, the filmmakers, the artists, the departments heads they're all showmen and the audience is talking back, and they're going to ask you that question. In the post Avengers world, "what was it like for Tony and this and that?" So you kind of have to have thought about, and you have to have addressed it creatively.”
The man responsible for addressing it in 'Iron Man 3' is Shane Black, who directed the film and collaborated on its screenplay with writer Drew Pearce. We spoke to the pair at the film’s Los Angeles press day, where they talked about the changing landscape of Tony Stark’s life, and the changing world of superhero films within the Marvel Universe.
Last year at this time, the world was preparing itself for the opening of 'The Avengers,' which would gross $207 million domestically in three days, shattering the record held by 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2' ($169 million). Now here comes 'Iron Man 3,' the inaugural film in Phase Two of Marvel's superhero series. So can Tony Stark top 'The Avengers' all on his own?
When 'X-Men' arrived in 2000, the landscape of the cinematic blockbuster was changed forever. Superheroes still dominate the summer and more often than not, they tend to have come from the Marvel comic book universe. Sure, the occasional Batman or Superman film (
It was well known that -- partly to appeal to an ever-growing global audience -- Marvel thought ahead and included Chinese actors for an extended cut of 'Iron Man 3' that was made specifically for the Chinese market. Now that the film has been released in China, the content of those additional scenes have been revealed, and it turns out that the rest of the world isn't missing much.
Who can forget last summer, when the might Marvel vs. DC war raged on throughout the summer as fanboys feverishly debated whether 'The Avengers' or 'The Dark Knight Rises' was better. We're not sure that was fully settled but the Marvel vs. DC battle lied mostly dormant in the past few months. That is, until now, when 'Man of Steel' director Zack Snyder threw down the gauntlet with some harsh words for his competitors at Marvel. Find out what he said and let us know if you agree.
We'd be sick of hearing about Mondo posters at this point if their output wasn't so consistently cool and the Austin-based poster and company's new 'Iron Man 3' posters do little to change that. Three posters inspired 'Iron Man 3' will go on sale this Friday and they look like a must-own for all of the superhero fans out there. Check out all three and find out how you can own them below!
What's better than seeing 'Iron Man 3' before almost everybody else? Well for a group of amazing kids from New York City they found out that answer. As they attended a charity screening for Hurricane Sandy volunteers, they got to see 'Iron Man 3' with Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr.
The 'Iron Man 3' post-credits scene has been revealed following a screening of the film in Paris and if you don't want to know any details about the top secret scene and which other Marvel character is involved, be warned, there are spoilers ahead. But if you're dying to know how it all plays out, we've got the details for you below.
From the earliest days of his appearances in Marvel Comics' 'Tales of Suspense,' Tony Stark has always been modeled after aviator/inventor/industrialist Howard Hughes. With 'Iron Man 3,' Stark assumes a new dimension of Hughes' persona: that of the paranoid shut-in who, in his later years, became notorious for roaming his private floor of the Desert Inn Hotel in Las Vegas, freaking out about invisible germs and collecting jars of his own urine. 'Iron Man 3's' Tony Stark, played once again by the inimitable Robert Downey Jr.isn't quite that bad, but he's getting there.
After the events chronicled in 'The Avengers,' where Manhattan was nearly leveled by invading aliens and Tony himself was almost killed, he's become obsessed with upgrading his armor -- leaping all the way from the Mark VII to the Mark 42 in a matter of months. When anyone mentions New York or aliens, Tony gets panic attacks. There's a reason Daredevil, not Iron Man, is the Marvel hero known as "The Man Without Fear." Poor Tony is terrified.
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