Marvel may just be blowing in the door with Iron Man 3, the first of the movies released as part of the company’s post-Avengers Phase Two. The tale of billionaire inventor Tony Stark’s struggle with terrorist mastermind The Mandarin is already receiving positive reviews, and we at Screen Rant are all but chomping at the bit to get a look at the superhero thriller.

Until then, we have another clip from the film to tide us over during the last week until Iron Man 3‘s stateside release.

Iron Man 3 sees Robert Downey Jr. stepping into the shell-head’s shoe’s once again. He is joined by returning cast members Gwyneth Paltrow (Contagion), Don Cheadle (Flight), and John Favreau (The Wolf of Wall Street). New to the ensemble are Ben Kingsley (Hugo), Guy Pearce (Prometheus), and Rebecca Hall (Transcendence).

This latest clip from the movie expands on a scene glimpsed through almost all of Iron Man 3‘s previous trailers. There’s little flash here, instead leaning on Downey Jr. and Paltrow’s easy back-and-forth to sell Tony Stark’s revelation that he may be suffering from some kind of post-traumatic stress.

It’s an interesting scene to highlight, but helps to underscore that the Iron Man franchise – despite its impressive special effects and big action – has always been driven by the strength of its characters (not to mention the principal actors’ great performances).

It’s strange that a quiet scene like the one above would actually be one of the main selling points of the film set to kick off the summer blockbuster season. And yet, without these kinds of interesting, surprisingly nuanced interactions, Marvel’s films wouldn’t have become as successful. Only one week to go!

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Iron Man 3 blasts into theaters on May 3rd, 2013.