‘Iron Man 3′ Extended Footage Preview: Is This a Darker Tony Stark?

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Iron Man 3 Footage Preview Iron Man 3 Extended Footage Preview: Is This a Darker Tony Stark?

New-to-the-franchise director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) will steer the Iron Man series in a darker direction according to the 20 minutes of Iron Man 3 footage Disney recently screened for journalists – in conjunction with interviews with Black, star Robert Downey Jr., and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige.


The footage builds on the already-grim first trailers, which show a post-Avengers Tony Stark confessing to insomnia and guilt. He’s clearly rattled by his near-death experience riding an atomic bomb out to space, as well as the uncomfortable revelation that he’s possibly outranked on earth by superheroes who don’t need his sweet armor.

“He used to think he was the top s–t,” said Downey Jr. at the event. “His solution is to keep building new suits.” His latest invention gets a lot of play in the chunk Disney showed of the film: a suit that comes when he calls it like the world’s coolest guard dog – and his new super-threads proved their worth in the sequence we saw. Feige introduced the reel with this set-up: new villain The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) has nearly killed Col. Rhodey (Don Cheadle), triggering an angry Stark to publicly dare the Mandarin to attack him next—and then, of course, Stark can’t make himself shut up and reveals his home address.

Maya Hansen Rebecca Hall in Iron Man 3 Iron Man 3 Extended Footage Preview: Is This a Darker Tony Stark?

The Iron Man 3 footage starts with Dr. Maya Hansen (The Town star Rebecca Hall) arriving unannounced at Stark’s Malibu mansion with some crucial information she never gets a chance to reveal. The first distraction is Tony awkwardly cracking jokes about their past romantic dalliance in front of an unflappable Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). The second distraction is Pepper elbowing into the conversation to urge Tony to pack a bag in case the Mandarin actually attacks. And then the third, of course, is the attack: helicopters blitz the seaside home with missiles, Pepper accidentally summons Tony’s new suit and saves him and Maya from the crumbling house, and then Tony wrests control of the suit to fly back inside and destroy the rest of his outfits so the Mandarin can’t get his hands on his weaponry.

There’s a cool shot of Stark taking out a helicopter with a grand piano, which is almost as great as John McClane destroying one with a cop car in Live Free or Die Hard. But things don’t end well. Before Stark can escape, the mansion slides off the cliff and spills into the water—the ending image of the initial US trailer. A weakened Stark barely manages to get freed from the cables by pulling a cool move called The Gauntlet, where his suit disengages its own hand to pull itself out of its snares. Picture a super-strong Thing from The Addams Family saving the day. Before Stark passes out unconscious, he asks JARVIS to fly him to safety, and manages to slip away unnoticed by the Mandarin’s minions and Pepper and Maya.

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Stark comes to in a frozen field five miles outside of Rose Hill, North Carolina (which, side note, happens to be the site of the world’s largest frying pan). JARVIS is out of juice, which puts our cocky hero in the tough position he secretly craves: he’s forced to be Iron Man without his Iron Man. The image of Stark, naked and vulnerable, dragging the dead weight of his heavy suit behind him in the snow is instantly iconic.

He lumbers to a rural farmhouse and breaks into a workshop conveniently littered with gadgets that can probably help him rebuild. After calling Pepper and leaving the apology message heard in the trailers, he’s surprised by a young kid named Harley (Ty Simpkins of Insidious), armed with a potato gun, who shows Stark a newspaper declaring him dead. The kid’s one of those blonde, bubbly moppets, but the sweetness of the scene is undercut by the best joke in the footage. When Harley sighs that his father ditched him and his mom, Stark snaps, “Dads leave. No need to be a pussy about it.”

Iron Man 3 Preview Tony Stark Farmhouse workshop Iron Man 3 Extended Footage Preview: Is This a Darker Tony Stark?

The footage ends with a quick taste of Kingsley’s Mandarin as he readies to go on TV. His slick PR handler Guy Pearce is buzzing about before the broadcast—“No talking, no eye contact unless you want to get shot in the face,” he cautions the PAs and assorted goons—and the camera pans over to show our stern villain perched on a throne between two carved Chinese dragons, his gray hair and beard dominating the frame. Alas, he doesn’t open his mouth, but there’s a taste of his delivery in the trailers when he rasps, “Lesson number one: Heroes? There is no such thing.”

Of course, it’s all but ordained that Stark will convince humanity that the Mandarin is wrong. The real question is: How dark will Black let things get before Stark sets things right? The kid subplot could be too cutesy if it goes on too long – but so far, Iron Man 3 looks to at least tie back to the bleakness of the opening cave scenes in the first film—which is appropriate, as Stark’s captors were the Mandarin’s Ten Rings terrorist group.

The second question is: Do audiences want an agonized Iron Man, or do they like him brusque and confident?

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The answer to that won’t come until Iron Man 3 opens on April 25th (internationally) and May 3th (domestically).


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  1. I cant see him being agonized but i sure hope he is. The new trailer gave off the same tone ive seen from all marvel films big action and one liners. Maybe a hint at thr arcs at the beginning

    • Dude, you b**** about EVERYTHING Marvel does. This looks leaps and bounds better than that TDKR POS.

      • I b**** about marvel because no film has lived up the the first ironman. It had story, humor, action and it felt fresh. Everything else has just followed a similar formala. This looks in many cases diffrent which im happy with

      • …and many people have been doing same about DC. Your point?

        • What are you talking about?? Superman & Batman are always fresh. I love watching the same origin stories over and over again.

          • Then, sadly, you’ve missed quite a bit more. C’est la vie.

            • Little bit o’ sarcasm. Never really ever gets through on here. I guess there must be a particular group of fine citizens that actually like watching the same origins over and over.

              • Nah, I got the sarcasm easily enough…still wanted to make the point.

              • Batman begins wasnt the same origin it was much revamped with a diffrent tone. All batman films as bad as some has been have been emmensly diffrent. Same with superman and superman return.

              • Oh like Spider Man – Damn cant get enough of him being bitten by arachnids!

          • lol

          • Lol


    • Star Trek?

      • facepalm

        • i swear ive read this whole thing before.

      • Ecselsior class Starkship?

        • Excelsior is the NAME of a ship in Star Trek.

          • Oh, I know. Didn’t you get my pun? Albeit, not a great one.

          • Oh, hang on. Isn’t there an Excelsior class? I thought they named new classes of starship after the first of their kind. Hence Sulu’s excelsior!?

        • Make that Excelsior with an X.

          I hate when my already un-witty posts have typos that totally dissolve any chance at amuesment. :(

          • that last typo really was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

            I’m quitting while i’m behind. :(


  3. I don’t see why he can’t be both at different points in the film. It’s natural progression. With what he went through in the Avengers, he’s bound to have baggage. The movie can let him emerge from his “depression” over time until he’s the same Stark as he was in the bridge scene from the Avengers. I’m pretty excited to see how they pull this off. Great article!

  4. this is awesome, but…… maybe a “spoiler tag” should be posted at the top or heading of the article.
    don’t get me wrong, I love spoilers etc.. but I can already hear people grumbling once they finish reading this..
    this film might actually top the first Iron Man [which sadly had a very weak 3rd act]
    I’m Uber Excited.

    • It says “Spoilers” in capital letters.

  5. Like I said in another thread, Line forms BEHIND ME!

    • Not if you ate beans. o)

  6. I think I OD’ed on ScreenRant Iron Man-related posts today.

  7. I love the sound of this film’s tone.

    Unfortunately, I can’t see many US audiences taking to a version of Stark that isn’t all macho and over-confident.

    This could be as great as TDKR with the hero looking down and out and needing to claw his way back stronger than ever to face a major threat.

    • I think the audience wanting Stark to be macho and overconfident is exactly what will make his darkness in this movie work. People like Stark when he’s being that way, so his downfall or “troubled spots” in this film will seem like true problems and people will be rooting for his redemption and recovery.

  8. Does anyone have any information on when advanced tickets will become available?

  9. THE NEW TRAILER IS SOOO BADASS, it looks like everyone that was in the earlir article about the armors is in this movie!!! there even seems to be a purplish one in the scene where they all fly in and line up, It is all the way to the right of the screen and only can be parially seen ALSO the Space armor is right to the center suit on the left of it!! THIS IS THE BEST PREVIEW FOR ANY MOVIE EVER!!

    Pause it when the armr is going into the underground (armory?) I guess it could be called, there are a cpl cool suits in there as well

    • “Best preview…ever”? Ummm, no. It was good, but it was not even the best for this year, much less EVER.

      • No, it is the best one so far this year for sure of any movie shown yet, but it’s early yet. Thor might be better.

        • No, it really is not…but you are, of course, welcome to your opinion. My opinion, however, is decidedly different…and just as viable, no matter how much you might froth at the mouth that your namesake’s trailer was not the end-all-be-all of movie trailers.

          I found it good…I’ve seen better.

          • It’s a matter of personal opinion people.

  10. alas the nolan influence hit Ironman… the agonized and bruised hero but the difference is that stark has still has humor

    • If you think Nolan’s the first person to use that trope you’re wrong. It’s been around for thousands of years in literature.

      • you may be right but this is our generation..

        • I’m saying IM3 taking a darker turn, “Tony falls & gets back up” doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with TDKR. If TDKR had never come out, it’s likely IM3 would still be going this route.

          • Yeah, falling and getting back up has been used in thousands of movies before nolan. Its called his influence cause his impact on the superhero genre and film. When really he was just making a movie

            • Nolan = worst thing to happen to the CBM genre, period. his influence was not original, and not good.

              • WOW. Just…wow. My ridiculousness quota has been filled for at least the next 72 hours.


        • And your generation can only ingest narrative in movie form?

        • lmfao it doesn’t matter what generation does what, its still been done before, and it doesnt matter if it was done in this generation or the next, nothing about this movie was “Nolan”-influenced. It may seem like a Dark film, but in recent reports it said to have the same tone as the first Iron Man film, which in a sense you can call “dark” because he was captured by terrorists.

  11. Spiderman #1 & #2 were great, as were Iron Man #1 and Green Lantern was much better despite some real problems than most of you want to admit. Fantastic Four was watchable, X-men #1 & #2 were pretty good, most of the subsequent X-films were very mediocre at best. I could go on about other movies, but just felt like flapping the old lips aimlessly here a bit. Oh, and all the Superman and batman ones were only very mediocre at best. Hope Man of Steel rectifies that.

    • Sigh…you had me until your penultimate sentence…double sigh.

  12. Tony Stark doesn’t have like a back up suit hidden anywhere else? pfft

    • Of course he does. To what are you referring exactly? There’s nothing in the trailer that’s indicated he runs out of suits.

      • that “place in Tenn” where Jarvis flies him to is actually one of his secret armories. sorry.

  13. I love Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. That gives me a lot of faith.

  14. Am SO looking forward to this being darker and more like the original one. As long as they don’t turn Tony into a raging alcoholic, I’m looking forward to Tony with some real people problems and having to deal with them minus all the arrogance and snark. Granted, that’s part of the character, but in the last movie & the Avengers, he was on snark overload and it was getting to be a bit much. Taking Tony down a few notches–as long as they leave him & Pepper intact at the conclusion–is exactly what I want to see. A little realism here is what’s needed, and it looks like that’s what we’re getting. Can’t wait–everything sounds AWESOME.