Well the Iron Man 3 trailer has been up for a few days now, and I’m finally getting around to writing about it. So while you should have watched it (several times) by now, here it is again!
Gut reaction, some serious stuff is going down. The tone is far darker than the previous installments. Iron Man 2 tried to go a bit more in this direction, but still maintained that superhero-y, tongue in cheek vibe. This seems like a very serious conflict with some hefty dramatic weight. Some fans seem worried that Mr. Stark has gone all Nolan on us, and the movie will lose the sense of fun that made the first movie such a joy. The movie certainly seems to have higher stakes and more realistic feel, but don’t expect the comedy to disappear. With Shane Black at the helm and Downey on board, this might have some of the best zingers of the series. Can you really expect our hero to go a whole movie without making fun of the Mandarin and his crazy fashion sense? Doubtful.
Robes are so last century.
I’m quite okay with this tonal shift. The Avengers is your bigger, brighter, more classic superhero action while the solo adventure takes Tony’s story in a different direction. This generally happens in the comics as well. The Avengers comic has stories like Galactic Storm while the solo Iron Man stories were more along the lines of Demon in a Bottle and World’s Most Wanted, both more tragic and haunting tales. I don’t want to see an overhaul of what makes the movies work, but taking things in new directions is the only real way to keep a franchise relevant.
Both suits also look great in studio parking lots.
But let’s get in to more concrete details. The new suit, as expected, looks much better in action. It’s very sleek and stylish, which seems to fit the tone of the movie. Iron Patriot armor looks superb. And then we have the Mandarin. I have to say I’m excited. He looks bizarre, full of menace, and has a voice almost as crazy as Bane’s. I think that somehow, they’re going to make this work. My big question is whether we see physical conflict between Stark and the Mandarin. The Mandarin looks very mortal, but maybe he uses the Extremis virus on himself? It would be a shame if we never see Iron Man throw down with his archnemesis. By the way, take a look at the symbol on the back of the Mandarin’s neck. Is that Cap’s shield emblem, with the star replaced by an anarchist A? I believe it is.
We don’t know what it means, but it’s awesome!
The new trailer has a lot to get excited about. If Iron Man 3 can hold on to what made the first movie such a success while pushing the boundaries of Tony’s identity, we could have a perfect follow up to the Avengers.