When the first trailer for Iron Man 3 debuted in October, the first impression of the Shane Black-directed sequel was undeniably dark. Teasing tough times for Tony Stark, Pepper Potts and James Rhodes at the hands of the villainous Mandarin, the trailer made the movie seem much more serious than the lighter banter contained in Iron Man and Iron Man 2.
But speaking with The West Australian, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige contends the film won’t be as somber as the trailer leads viewers to believe. “It’s not a serious movie, but we seriously dig into exploring more of Tony,” he said. “The trick is just trying to make great movies. We try to make them all great, all different and all fresh. What you’ll see in Iron Man 3 is some very unique directions that were taken.”
Black elaborated on the film’s mission statement, noting it would still go in a different direction from the previous installments.
“We’re not aiming for bigger, necessarily. We’re aiming for different and fresh and new,” he told the newspaper. “It’s all about capturing that lightning-in-a-bottle feel, about trying to get as much into this as we can. We’re looking to get a ton of thrills into a short space, to make a nice little stew for you.”
Directed by Black from a script he co-wrote with Drew Pearce (No Heroics), Iron Man 3 is loosely based on the 2005-2006 “Extremis” story arc by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov in which a criminal is injected with a nanotechnological drug created by the U.S. military in an attempt to replicate the Super-Soldier Serum, triggering a mutation that grants him superhuman abilities. The latest synopsis also explains that Stark will be dealing with these new threats while his life falls apart around him, mostly likely due to the Mandarin’s machinations.
Opening May 3, the film stars returning cast members Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau, joined by Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale and Ashley Hamilton.