‘Iron Man 3′ Trailer Analysis – Part 2

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 8th, 2013 at 6:42 am, This is a list post.

While Iron Man 3 fans are still trying to recover from all the action set pieces and armors seen in the latest Iron Man 3 trailer, there's definitely more contained in the footage than is necessarily discernable on first viewing.As we did with the first Iron Man 3 trailer analysis, it seems time to take a close look at the new trailer, and point out the most promising teases and nagging questions put on display. First, we thought it would be a good idea to clear up a few of the things we know would be useful to readers.Those willing to endure some serious story spoilers can check out our preview of the Iron Man 3 extended footage, but for our purposes here, nothing will be spoiled beyond what's actually shown in the trailer itself.

The President: Friend or Foe?

Iron Man 3 Trailer Presidential Address

Tony Stark has had a long and complicated history with the US government, being ordered to turn over his Iron Man to military authorities in Iron Man 2. Stark ultimately refused, but Colonel James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) did it anyway.With the President shown so prominently in the second trailer, we can't help but wonder if Stark's rescue of New York City in The Avengers (2012) did little to get the military on his side. That's assuming that the President's pledge to protect the country is related to a private citizen owning a personal armory of attack aircraft, and not an impending attack from The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) himself.Since The Mandarin seems to be focused solely on Stark, we're inclined to think it's the former, but anything's possible. If the Commander-in-chief still has doubts about Tony's intentions, hopefully his daring rescue of the Air Force One attack will straighten him out.

The Iron Patriot

Iron Man 3 Trailer Rhodey Theories

The Iron Patriot's new paint scheme has been public for some time now, but the reasons for it aren't completely clear. Iron Man 2 ended with Rhodey seeming to adopt the role of both a Colonel and the War Machine, but his new star-spangled duds imply public appearances more than active duty.It's possible Rhodey's friendship with Stark, and his key role within the military make him a target for The Mandarin alongside the Iron Man. But the way he - and his superiors - have put the suit to use deserves some explanation. He was a no-show in The Avengers, after all - but apparently, there is an explanation for that.Whether acting as Tony's sidekick, or a public deterrent to America's enemies (like escorting Air Force One), Rhodey's role in the plot remains murky. He's apparently next to Tony at the film's climax, but the path he took to get there is uncharted thus far.

The Mandarin's Men

Iron Man 3 Trailer Extremis Subjects

Those familiar with the "Extremis" comic book story line that Iron Man 3 will be adapting won't be surprised to see Dr. Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) apparently up to no good, injecting several subjects with what can be assumed to be a strand of the same nanovirus. But up to now, it was assumed Killian's role would be a minor one in the grand scheme. Mainly, because that's what Pearce claimed.The actor has been known to mislead in the past, and his position implied in the footage (as squarely on the villain side) has us thinking he and his discovery will be playing a much larger part. If these test subjects are being injected with Extremis as well, then to what end? Will they make up the army Stark will needs reinforcements to fight?Set photos have hinted at an Iron Patriot hijacking, certainly explaining Rhodey saluting the President with his mask closed. Tony just might have his hands full.

Wasp/Extremis Connection?

Iron Man 3 Trailer Wasp ExtremisWhen the first Iron Man 3 trailer landed, the mysterious redhead seemingly forcing herself onto the billionaire playboy caught our eye. Questions were soon answered, as the crimson-haired woman was revealed to be actress Stephanie Szostak, billed as 'Bethany Cabe.'Her name being listed prominently in the movie's synopsis convinced us she'd be playing a major role, and undergoing a medical procedure at the hands of Dr. Killian confirms that (and fits with her comic book origins as War Machine). If she is in fact playing Wasp, how does Extremis fit? Will ability to shrink, grow wings, and fire energy be granted by the virus?Originally set to appear in The Avengers, Wasp's introduction seems inevitable. Extremis may be a plausible explanation for her abilities, and would make those rumors of a shocking post-credits reveal more plausible. All speculation, but really, how many redheads can there be in this movie?

What's the Problem With Pepper?

Iron Man 3 Trailer Pepper Potts

Now established as a happy couple, it's been no secret that Tony will be doing everything in his power to protect Pepper Potts. Given the rumored deaths awaiting some of Stark's friends, it's not hard to grasp his sense of urgency.Yet despite his best efforts, it's clear Pepper won't just be involved in The Mandarin's attack on Stark's coastal mansion, but will wind up locked in the same contraption as Dr. Killian's other test subjects. Will he succeed in injecting Pepper with Extremis as well? It would offer the chance to see her suit up in the RESCUE Armor (as she did in the comics), but we have to think Tony would wish to keep her safe, not weaponized.The later shot of Pepper undressed, confused, and back-lit by a fiery blaze leads us to believe that she'll escape death narrowly at some point, but whether that's before or after Dr. Killian's dastardly procedure is anyone's guess.

Bare Knuckles vs. Armor

Iron Man 3 Trailer Killian FightIf you were watching the trailer closely, there's a good chance one shot in particular had your eyebrows raised a moment after realizing what you'd just witnessed: a man wrestling a suit of armor. For reasons that shouldn't need further explanation, Tony, Rhodey, or anyone in a metal suit shouldn't really be trading blows with an unarmored human for fear of killing them. So what's going on here?If the fearless fist-fighter is Dr. Aldrich Killian - he seems to be the only main male character we've seen with hair and build to match - then how is he not being crushed? A grueling fitness regime? Or has his own experimentation with Extremis granted him superstrength?If that's the case, will Pepper, and possibly Wasp, be imbued with the same power? We don't yet know what the film's take on Extremis's side effects will be, but as comic book fans, this fight has us scratching our heads for a few reasons.

The Iron Legion

Iron Man 3 Trailer Legion of Armors

It's the unveiling every Iron Man fan was waiting for: confirmation that Tony Stark hadn't just spent his time designing suit after suit following his Avengers near-death experience, but would send them all into battle simultaneously.While we predicted many of the suits that were ultimately revealed (and still hold out hope of seeing a few more of our favorites), exactly who or what they're being called to fight is a complete mystery. The Mandarin's forces haven't been discussed, with little more than speculation to go on.The same can be said for the true nature of this Iron Legion. It's been assumed that they're psychically controlled by Tony himself, but whether the same can be said of The Mandarin's army, and how the ensuing fight will take place (and what role Pepper, Rhodey, and Dr. Killian will have in it) are open to predictions.


Those are the moments that most stood out to us, but be sure to leave your own theories in the comments.To get your Iron Man 3 fix, be sure to check out: Iron Man 3 hits theaters on May 3, 2013.Follow me on Twitter @andrew_dyce.
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  1. why would marvel allow a side character like Bethany Cabe to be the Wasp… why not just call her Janet van Dyne?

    • It’s possibly a codename to hide her true identity, before the big reveal.

      • well, its an actual character from ironman history, so we cant rule out that its actualy her

    • Or more plausibly because it’s NOT Wasp at all. Why would Marvel have her listed as Bethany Cabe when she’s not… I think SR is wishing too much into this. I don’t think Marvel would screw that much the origin of the Wasp, nor would they make another character become the Wasp instead of Janet Van Dyne.

      So until proven wrong, I consider what is listed on IMDB as real, and that she will play Bethany Cabe. No Wasp in sight for IM3. No origin screw-ups. Which would be kinda good news. Anyway, I don’t think Wasp was ever involved in the Extremis storyline…

    • If you look on wikipedia it says her character is “to be revealed” NO MENTION of Bethany Cabe so I dont know where that name came from but if they are holdig it so close to the vest that wiki is not allowed to reveal it I dont think SR can say who she is playing!

      Either way THAT is a big enough secret to keep IT THAT QUIET she will be playing someone the fans are going to go NUTS about… I think all fans are expecting Janet Van Dyne (aka the wasp) HY ELSE would it be kept SOOO SECRET???

        • It does fit for sure! but who is to say that IMDB is the end all be all? It could all be a ruse just to keep ppl guessing! I have no clue either way,it does fit the Cabe story line, But Marvel can be quite good at giving FALSE info to throw ppl off..

          Thanks MANDO

        • Good info!

  2. The beauty of anticipation!
    ’nuff said…

  3. Rihanna should be the Wasp

    • …No

    • No. Seriously… just no.

      • Just a thought, but how about instead of Rihanna to play the Wasp, how about we get an actress, that can actually act. Battleship?!?!? I mean come on.

    • She would definitely rock as Wasp! I’m on it.

      • these are the best movies ever but why can:t we watch them online?

    • +1 :)

  4. I think it’s safe to say that the guy swinging at the armor has superhuman strength due to the Extremis virus. There can’t really be any other explanation.

    The Wasp thing is a little weird though. Just introduce her in Ant-Mans film. She shouldn’t be involved in this at all.

    • that could be Iron Fist… lol

      • That would be a bigger surprise than Fury showing up at the end of Iron Man 1

  5. Wasn’t Cabe part-owner of a bodyguard service and somewhat of an ally to Stark and Rhodes? I just got done reading Demon In A Bottle again and she was a pretty prominent part of that story so maybe they’re setting her up as a big player similar to Hill and Fury (as in, we see them and recognise them but they don’t save the day so much as the main characters)?

  6. I couldve seen olivia wilde as the wasp personally

    • Olivia Wilde or Kristen Kreuk maybe.

      • Kristen isnt an a-lister to put on the roster tho sadly. Tho if that chun li movie had anything to show is that she would be majorly out acted

        • Kristen Kreuk is an absolutely, stunningly , beautiful woman and quite a resourceful actress who just needs to given an opportunity in a role for a major movie. Olivia Wilde isn’t really an a-lister either though admittedly has a bigger profile. Then again she was once a television actress as well who was given her chance, so Kristen deserves hers as well.

  7. the guy going bareknuckles with the suit could be Coldblood, we still havent seen much about him and firepower, and they are both pretty powerful, even as minions, I still wonder how they will play in

    anybody else think we might see DeathLok in the future, he could have his origin related to this whole incident….

    • and we still dont know its wasp, could be cabe, could be madam Mask for all we know, we just need to wait and see. hmmm wonder if Damage Control will ever show up XD

    • That’s true and as we know, in the comic book, Killian isn’t the guy going hand to hand with Iron Man and the guy had the same energy beam power as Stark’s repulsors so maybe they’re giving Coldblood that role or changing it so Killian gets to be the one fighting Stark and ultimately killed by a point blank repulsor to the face?

      What I love is that we have enough nods towards the source but enough changed to make the whole thing different enough to not feel like you’ve seen it all before.

      • well there is the chance we could see MODOK coming out of this movies events, as we are getting AIM, and it takes some powerful tech to make him, heck I could see them turning killian into MODOK even, but we will have to wait and see

        • You mean if there’s something left of him if he is the guy fist fighting with Iron Man?

          Interesting….I like your thinking.

  8. Was that the Hulk-Buster armor at the end of that trailer

    • more of a proto version, but we could see a specialized version built off it

  9. If you watch the new trailer then watch the super bowl trailer you know air froce one blows up when tony goes to catch the people and with the new trailer you can see the presdint is about to go in to air force one so else the presdent is one of the people falling from the plane he most likely dead

  10. I didn’t know about Bethany Cabe’s role in the source material, but now that I’ve looked it up, it seems to fit with some of the themes of the movie besides Extremis. But it’s still possible that this is just an alias to keep us from knowing her true character

  11. Carrie Fisher could do the Wasp also

    • Dude, she’s close to 60 years old! Get real 😛

  12. I’m starting to think that Stephanie Szozak will NOT be The Wasp…
    I think she will be related to the little kid that found Tony instead. As much as I want the Wasp to appear, it’s still a bit too early for her appearance, since Ant-Man is out in 2015. Beside, if her power came from Nanovirus, I’m sure if I’m going to like that idea… she needs to get her power from Hank Pym, that’s what I want to see.

    • I’m still thinking we’ll get an “Oh, this is Janet Van Dyne, she’ll guide you through it” line in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

    • SR makes us think she still might be with their analysis of the second trailer, but IMDB listed her as Bethany Cabe, a character from the Ironman comics that I’m not very familiar with, but who fits logically in the Extremis storyline. Janet Van Dyne has no connexion whatsoever with this storyline, so I highly doubt that it’s her.

      Don’t get me wrong, I want to see the Wasp, but not along a complete reboot of her origin story that would not make any sense.

      As for the rest of your comment, I completely agree with you :-)

  13. This is going to awesome. Totally missed the Wasp cameo thing. I’m still wondering if Radioactive Man is going to play a part of this. And Ant Man what about Ant Man?

  14. Also, am i the only one who thinks they’re telling this Extremis story too soon. I mean it’s only the third movie in the trilogy and they’re already going through with this.

  15. “This is just a good, old-fashioned revenge.”

    Hmm, wonder if someone’s going to die?

  16. To have Wasp get her powers from some sort of medical procedure/extremis is nothing but HUGE fail in my book. She is supposed to be tied to Hank and his Pym particles which grant her her shrinking ability. To do otherwise would be ultra lame.

  17. Ok, hopefully this turns out to be better than its predecessors. I mean Iron Man was good, Iron Man 2 was eh, and The Avengers was great. Now, this looks to be like a very good film. I hope they keep a balance, like The Avengers did exceptionally well at, with lightheartedness and seriousness. The chemistry between Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow is fantastic, they should keep it going

  18. Rooney Mara as Wasp would be cool

  19. Also who’s with me. At some point Paltrow needs to be featured in a love scene in this film. I mean she has developed throughout these movies just as Stark has. Should be interesting

  20. I think Paltrow mentioned that this may be her final Marvel film! I bet Happy dies, and maybe something happens to Pepper that HOEFULLY tony gives her the rescue suit! DOES ANYONE know what the HEARTBREAKER suit is all about?? I dont know much about it, can i get some help!! ALSO did ayone see the suit in the trailer when “his boys” show up, THE SUIT ALL THE WAY TO THE RIGHT OF THE SCREEN…. it looks like a purple or blue suit maybe BUT TO ME IT LOOKS PURPLE, a I have watched it a few times MORE AND MORE IT LOOKS PURPLE

  21. We Need This:

    Goliath (Hank Pym: cool blue/yellow costume)
    Wasp (Janet Van Dyne)
    Quicksilver (Pietro)
    Scarlet Witch (Wanda)
    They can either be in Iron Man or preferably, Avengers. But we need them.

    That was for the good guys. We also have bad-guy needs:


    Make these things all happen, again preferably in Avengers, but Iron Man would be OK, too.

    • Or Hank Pym can be Yellow Jacket? I prefer Yellow Jacket, but that is just me.

    • First off with Pym, it goes ant-man, then Ant-man/Giant-man, then Goliath, then Goliath/Ant-man(finally can shrink again, adds attenaes), THEN Yellow jacket. Also we proably wont see QS or SW anytime soon, when they have the full rights to other characters they can use completely. Skrulls cant happen till FF returns to Marvel Studios. Kang is equally unlikely, because though he does first show up, he is highly involved with the FF and is a Descendent of(or possibly even due to time-space anomalies) Doctor Doom, so Marvel would only have limited use if any at all

      You gotta keep in mind where the rights are

      • I like earths mightiest heroes to catch an antman episode. It would be a sick movie with both lang and pym and pym ends up as yellowjacket

  22. Great analysis. But what the hell? Isn’t anybody gonna talk about the Hulk-Buster armor? Did it really not get you guys excited? I know ScreenRant mentioned it in a previous post but that was just a rumor then. Its a subject that deserves an entire article to fully discuss. Os is that in the works?

    • Meh. Like Blank Panther ever getting a movie, its just not *that* important to everything else.

      • @Adarsh V: Aside from what we’ve discussed the armor’s presence meaning when the first concept art was leaked, and our time laying out the possible World War Hulk, and Planet Hulk adaptations, for right now there isn’t much to say.

        More recent word is that whether the armor is there or not (and whether it’s Hulkbuster or not, and just some brute armor) the Hulk plan isn’t related at all.

        Until there’s some more news or rumors to go on, it’s hard to think of what else there is to say. If you’ve got some insights though, we’d love to hear them! :)

  23. Great analysis. But what the hell? Isn’t anybody gonna talk about the Hulk-Buster armor? Did it really not get you guys excited? I know ScreenRant mentioned it in a previous post but that was just a rumor then. Its a subject that deserves an entire article to fully discuss. Or is that in the works?

    • Dude that’s what I was gonna say!? Nooooooobody cares about the hulkbuster armor?? It looked friggin awesome!!

  24. For number 6, it looks like an Iron Legion Armour, Old school, maybe? Maybe that guy was practicing fighting and swung out his fist right when an Iron Legion armor flew by just in time for him to be safe… It would add comical parts to IM3

  25. Robert Downey Jr is awesome

  26. I dont know if anybody looked into this, but in the trailers we have seen already, it comes to a point where Tony Stark falls into the water with a ton of metal and other stuff falling onto him. wouldnt this be a good plot to bring in Namor to be introduced? he could show up to help Tony get out from under all the rubble. just a thought

    • That would definitely be a great surprise, but how would he fit in? That wouldve leaked already and be in the credits. Then need another Big gun other than all of Tony’s suits and War machine. This should be the movie where ant-man and wasp introduced as wella s Ultron and vision

      • yeah we need to introduce those other characters as well definately. but it would be a surprise if they introduced Namor briefly without telling us