"Iron Man 3" Concept Art Highlights "Extremis" Ties

It seems a banner day for Marvel Comics releasing pre-Comic-Con teases via Entertainment Weekly. Aside from the announcement of the publisher's Marvel NOW relaunch, the superhero entertainment giant is also teasing out details from director Shane Black's "Iron Man 3" film which is expected to hit big at the San Diego convention.

EW's posting of this new concept art from Marvel Studios artist Ryan Meinerding is accompanied by some speculation as to what the image tells fans about how Black will be adapting Warren Ellis and Adi Granov's "Extremis" storyline to the screen. Without Tony Stark's signature wristband sensors to engage his Iron Man armor, it does seem that the billionaire hero will have a biological connection to his superhero identity as expected.

As for who the black ops-style men attacking Tony may be, it remains unclear. However, that kind of action fits well within the crime and spy director's wheelhouse.

When Black spoke with CBR about the film last year, the director noted, "There's always been the tendency to make Iron Man the real-world superhero who deals with things a bit more rooted in geopolitical reality and then have comic book elements added." He also said of the film's comic roots, "I want to keep it dark and interesting and edgy and spicy and all those things, but I don't think we want to go as far as to deal with Tony's descent into alcoholic madness. That's maybe not where we want to be."

For more speculation the concept art, check out Entertainment Weekly, and stay tuned to CBR News for more on "Iron Man 3" from Comic-Con.

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