Iron Man 3: Does the suit make the man or does the man make the suit?

From the very first second of the trailer we realise that Jon Favreau is no longer guiding us through the Iron Man mythos – he’s left us in the brilliant hands of Shane Black – and that this is not the world we once we knew. This is a world post-Avengers; post-apocolaypse. A world in which Tony Stark only barely survived a near brush with death. A world where the extrovert will look within himself for answers. And finally, Tony will realise the true ramifications of his hubris at the end of the first movie.

When everyone knows your secret there’s no place to hide.



Black and Downey worked previously together on the brilliant Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang and I expect this time round it’ll be much of the same – a sly mix of roguish charm and weighted gravitas but mostly that roguish charm.

The official synopsis (below) is one of those interesting pieces of writing that uses broad/general descriptions to make you think you’ve learnt quite a bit about the movie but actually leaves you even less informed than you were before. Much like this blog. However, allow me to lay out a short list of facts, and pure speculation, for you (SPOILERS may ensue if you haven’t seen Marvel’s phase one of movies but what are the chances of that?).

1. Tony is in deep shit (duh!). “Nothing’s been the same since New York,” he says in the trailer. And this would be a reference to the hell storm that rained down on the big apple during the climax of The Avengers. The man can’t sleep and when he does he has nightmares. So, in the trailer when we see an Iron Man suit grab Pepper Pots while Tony is next to her is that a nightmare? Probably. A little cliche and that’s not Black’s style but still possible.

2. Early reports indicated that the third installment would be based on Warren Ellis’ Extremis arc which saw a group of scientists supply nanotech to terrorist that could greatly enhance their abilities. Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall will be playing these unscrupulous scientists Aldrich Killian and Maya Hansen respectively. Of course, this doesn’t mean Pearce’s and Hall’s character will be just as unscrupulous in the movie.

3. The Iron Man suit in red, white and blue is in fact War Machine (the silver suit from the second movie that Rhodes stole from Stark). Well, the US army has had it for awhile and apparently went all patriotic on it. The scene in the trailer could possibly be a test for the brass to check out how their modified stolen tech is doing (looks a lot les bulkier than in the second movie. Also, images below).

4. Ben Kingsley is the Mandarin. Not the chinese exile that discovered ten magical rings in the wreckage of an alien ship but rather a terrorist (I think).  Those of you paying attention will remember that the Ten Rings were the terrorist group that kidnapped Stark in the first movie and helped out Whiplash in the sequel. So the man pulling all the strings from the shadows has finally stepped into the light.

(Images via Collider)

The official synopsis:

Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Iron Man 3 will be in theaters May 3, 2013


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