‘Iron Man 3′ Trailer Analysis

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Iron Man 3 Trailer AnalysisIt was a long wait for the first official Iron Man 3 trailer - and, upon release, some intriguing details have left fans scrambling. The brief trailer is packed with easter eggs and suspicious tidbits, causing the a lot of debate among commenters in our prior trailer write-ups, so we thought it would be a good idea to clear up a few of the things we know would be useful to readers.That doesn't mean there aren't aspects of Iron Man 3 that may still surprise. But, given that there's still a lot we don't know, we thought it best to weigh in on a few of the wilder theories. For those who've been keeping close attention to IM3 rumors, the trailer did much to confirm more than a few spoilers already.The trailer proves that this chapter of Tony Stark's life will be much darker and more serious than before but fans can still expect plenty of fun one-liners and big action scenes, sometime without our hero inside the suit.

The Mandarin's Tattoo

Iron Man 3 Mandarin Tattoo

There's no mistaking the tattoo adorning the back of Sir Ben Kingsley's neck as the Mandarin, Tony Stark's new nemesis: that's a Captain America logo with an 'A' reminiscent of the one atop Stark Tower (or the iconic 'A' used by anarchists), last seen in The Avengers. We're going to bet that the Mandarin isn't the head of the Steve Rogers fan club, so the exact meaning of the mark has caused an uproar among fans.But Marvel studio head Kevin Feige provided clues to its meaning when the decision was first made to cast a non-Asian actor as the new antagonist:"It's less about his specific ethnicity than the symbolism of various cultures and iconography that he perverts for his own end."It's not much to go on, but it seems far more likely that the Mandarin has adopted the symbol of Earth's Mightiest Heroes as yet another opportunity to co-opt a cultural icon for his own twisted purpose.

The Weight of Genius

Iron Man 3 Extremis Obsession

The first time it was revealed that Warren Ellis' Extremis story line would be used for the plot and conflicts of Iron Man 3, we were elated. Hailed as one of the best Iron Man stories to date, its emphasis on Tony Stark's evolving perception of what his powers really are, and how a human being so inextricably linked to technology can develop a sense of identity. From the trailer, the journey looks every bit as trying and addictive as it was in the comics.Tony fusing his body with the Extremis nanovirus (he is seen going in for the procedure in the trailer as well) will obviously be an important element of the film, even if Guy Pearce maintains his role as Aldrich Killian is simply "cameo stuff." Clearly the procedure will work its way into Tony's personal life.Whether the armor components next to the bed are a sign that Tony can't feel at ease without his armor close enough to immediately suit up, or that he's obsessed with perfecting his creation, expect to see a more frayed and fragile Stark this time around.

Air Force One Attack

Iron Man 3 Air Force One Attack

The attack on the airplane depicted in the trailer was one action sequence recently spoiled by a Marvel insider (lending credence to the rest of his claims), but requires further inspection. At first glance the image of Iron Man's hand tearing into the plane and attacking a gunman, and the Iron Patriot-armored Colonel Rhodes attacking yet another seems treasonous. Many are already citing the scene as proof of the Mandarin's ability to take over Stark's arsenal of flying suits.There's plenty of reason to suspect sabotage when it comes to the forty other Iron Man suits rumored to appear, but that doesn't seem the case here. For starters, Iron Man is seen rescuing the passengers of the aircraft - likely Air Force One - moments after they begin falling. And the unnamed individual at the receiving end of Iron Man's opening salvo? He's sporting a black t-shirt and Kevlar vest, which doesn't seem like a Secret Service uniform.What's most likely depicted here is Iron Man and War Machine foiling an attack by the Mandarin on the President, and if the rumors hold true, the action sequence ends with some incredible aerial problem-solving on Tony's part.


Iron Man 3 Tony vs Armor

Two of the shots featured in the trailer that left us stunned were those featuring a moving Iron Man suit clearly not being operated by Tony Stark. But the context and nature of the Extremis virus offer an explanation that could be incredibly inspired.On a broad level, the Extremis 'virus' heightens brain activity and cognitive speed, making Tony Stark's subconscious far more active than a normal person's. Add the telekinetic connection with his armor, and Tony's subconscious suddenly has a physical form to take, and a means to manifest itself.The suit is first seen pulling Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) off of a sleeping Tony, having possibly assembled itself in his sleep to defend him (is the ensuing fight that leaves the armor scattered at the bedside?). Following the destruction of his Malibu home and Pepper being placed in danger, Tony is shocked to see the armor looming over him, prepared to fight.If this really is the relationship being hinted at - between Tony and the parts of himself he won't acknowledge - then the possibility for character development and confronting demons is truly exciting. 

The Ten Rings

Iron Man 3 Trailer Ten Rings

Ever since the terrorist organization that kidnapped Stark in the first Iron Man was shown to bear the name 'The Ten Rings,' an appearance of the Mandarin has been expected. We've gone into depth on the reasons for and against the Mandarin relying on the magical rings he utilizes in the comic books, with the grounded approach to this facet of the Marvel universe shedding off most sources of mysticism.We're still going to suspect that the rings are merely a sign of wealth and power (as they usually are), since the Mandarin doesn't even wear them in every shot of the trailer. Most likely included as a nod to fans.The rumors so far have Mandarin incorporating the same Extremis virus into his own body, granting him strength akin to Stark. But with growing reports claiming the final showdown will involve armies, not a one-on-one fight, we'd bet that the Mandarin's powers will mostly be seen through weaponry, not magic or cybernetic enhancements.


Iron Man 3 Trailer AnalysisWhile we'd like to believe that some massive plot twists and diabolical double-crosses are what the trailer showcases, for the most part it's all story beats and themes that fit with speculating from the outset.That doesn't mean there isn't room for further speculation. The roles that Coldblood (James Badge Dale) and Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) will play in the story, for instance, but how influential they are to the larger story is still up for debate.That's our take on what questions (and answers) the first trailer brought into the open, but we'd love to hear your insights. What stood out the most for you? Think there is an aspect of the trailer that's been overlooked? Sound off in the comments.Iron Man 3 hits theaters on May 3, 2013.-Follow me on Twitter @andrew_dyce.
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  1. So we get a traier analysis instead of a trailer

    • You’re on the internet. The trailer is also on the internet. So, you know, put those two facts together and I’m sure you’ll find it.

      Also this site has already put up the trailer. It’s on another article page and also under the little trailers tab at the very top^^ of the page. If you actually looked for it then I’m sure you’ll actually find it.

      • Yeah really. Some people. :P

      • i thought it was going to be yesterday not octob. 23

  2. Do you remember the last scene of the trailer when ironman was dragging that object

    what was he dragging?

    • Do you mean the scene at the very end where Tony Stark is draging something through the snow? Most of us, or well alot of people right now think that might be Tony draging a damaged Iron Man suit through the snow.

      • Thats most likely what it is since the first scene of the trailer was Tony waking up in the snow in his Iron Man suit.

        • Actually the trailer shows Stark falling. into the snow, I’m guessing that it was after a fight because of his bloody face

  3. Couldn’t the rings still be alien tech and not show Fin Fang Foom? Plus was it even confirmed what “no aliens” meant? I think the interviewer took Feiges’ quote out of context. What I think “no aliens” means is alien beings won’t be part of the story (unlike Avengers, for example). They don’t have to physically show any aliens for the rings to be alien technology. They could just hint at it with a crashed spacecraft or something.

  4. Another thing to think about is that after the mansion is destroyed, and Iron Man being pulled under water ( some people say that this could be the Robot controlling the suit. I personally don’t believe that.) But IF Tony was in the suit that was being pulled under water, Tony will most likely be presumed dead.

    • Which then opens up a new Marvel story line;

      Hey,it could happen!!!

  5. i think perhaps the tattoo of caps shield is from mandarins younger days. maybe he was a big fan and got scorned somehow and thats why he’s all like ‘no more heroes’

    also i think they’ll keep some of his powers in the rings but probably explain them technologically instead of magically, they gotta at least use the blackout one…that ones sick

    • If the baseball / football / basketball tee under his robe is anything to go by, I think the Mandarin started out as an ordinary Joe, but when he found and put on the rings, he came under their influence and experienced a complete personality change.

      Thus he became the latest in a long line of Mandarins, the first being the direct descendant of Genghis Khan. As each “chosen one” dies, the rings are safeguarded by trusted individuals until the next one comes along. This might explain why we saw Raza with one before he was killed by Obadiah, who wrongly appropriated ring. After Obadiah himself died in his battle with Tony, the ring seems to have been spirited away, with no explanation…

  6. Very interesting.

    I wasn’t sure what to think of the Iron Man Suit operating by itself. On one hand, it could’ve been warning Pepper and Tony about something. My guy feeling is what some of you have already said, that Tony is having a nightmare about some of the events in the past, Pepper goes to wake him up and comfort him, only to be yanked back by the new armor due to it being connected to his sub-conscious. I’m starting to think that Whiplash’s statement starts to become true “…as the world will consume you”.

    Also, I don’t know whether that guy Dale becomes the “Iron Patriot” or not. All I know is that it looks like Rhodey and Tony fight alongside at some point again, so towards the end of the movie either Dale’s character or Rhodey ally themselves with Stark.

    Somehow I think Stark would be better off without the Extremis nanotechnology…

    • Your train of thought re Tony’s past (or future?) coming back to haunt him, including Vanko’s prophetic monologue sent chills along my spine.

      It would be quite karmic, wouldn’t it? The idea that the playboy / billionaire / genius / philanthropist can run from his destructive past, but he can never truly *out-run* it!

  7. Iron Man 3 Really Sounding Awesome.

  8. This movie definetly looks good, but i am worried about the character Pepper. People have been making theories of Pepper dying, pepper having to get her own arc reactor, her leaving Tony, and many other things. Personally I think that Pepper adds so much to all the Iron man movies and is a huge part in Tony’s life. without her, the movies would not be iron man at all.

  9. First scene where tony fall in the snow is fight with guy pears

    • Not that i don’t believe you, but how do you know prabhu?

    • No, somehow I don’t think that’s it at all.