Comic book movie fans are looking forward to “Phase 2″ of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and all the new adventures that their favorite Marvel superheroes will embark on. The “Phase 2″ initiative will culminate with The Avengers 2 in May 2015, and will introduce new franchises/heroes such as The Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man. However, the larger “Phase 2″ storyline will really kick off in 2013, starting with the Marvel movie threequel, Iron Man 3.

Iron Man 3 footage was shown at Comic-Con 2012, meaning that the trailer for director Shane Black’s (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) first superhero movie can’t be far behind. Well, someone has seen the Iron Man 3 trailer that Marvel will soon release, and has described it for fans everywhere who want to know in advance. Read on for the trailer description – MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW!

AICN reader “Dr. Evil” was the person who got a look at the Iron Man 3 trailer – check out what he had to say about it (NOTE: we’ve left it as originally printed, including all spelling/grammar mistakes):

It opens with a voice over of Tony Stark talking about how the events of New York (I’m assuming the Avenger Movie) changed him, and how he’s just not “into it” anymore. First scene is Iron Man with battle damage, laying down amid rubble and taking of his faceplate to show a bleeding Stark. Scenes of him arguing with Pepper Potts in the armory (cool shots of alternative Iron Man suits including the red white and blue one we’ve seen on your site already), press conferences, Tony looking solemn, Tony talking with someone who looks like a psychiatrist, and a short shot of Don Cheadle in military uniform (no War Machine in the preview). Also one scene of who I presume is the Mandarin, forcefully landing and cracking the ground. However, it looked like a silver Iron Man. I was unable to tell in the brief view who it was (maybe due to unfinished CGI).

We then get a voice over from Ben Kingsley, talking about how there there are no heroes and how he will teach everyone, especially Stark, a lesson. This is over scenes of the alternative Suits getting blown up, Stark going into surgery, and a fleet of helicopters launching missiles which blow Stark’s home up and apart (the CGI looked nearly finished) and sending Stark and Pepper into the sea below. Then a close up of Kingsley with no helmet in the Mandarin armor.

It ends with Iron man underwater swimming towards what looks like his “heart reactor thing”. Then the logo, then stark walking in the snow dragging a large bag, then the logo again.

All and all, a somber trailer, dark and humorless, which seemed more in tone with The Dark Knight Rises than with any of the other Iron Man movies or the Avengers.

Our own Rob Keyes confirms that this description above is pretty much in step with the Iron Man 3 Comic-Con footage he saw. It also falls in line with the type of Iron Man movie that Shane Black has previously stated he intends to make: one that functions more like a grounded espionage thriller than a whimsical superhero film. Finally, the tone set in that Iron Man 3 trailer also falls in line with what we here at Screen Rant have speculated about at great length: that films like IM3 and Captain America 2 will present more grounded, real-world stories (and grittier tones), in order to balance out the wild sci-fi aspects of upcoming “Marvel Cosmic” movies like Thor 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Of course, people are going to hear “Dr. Evil’s” comparison of IM3 to The Dark Knight and immediately start tossing around the usual “apples and oranges” and “Iron Man shouldn’t be like Batman” objections. While we are game to see Shane Black and Co. try something different with the franchise, we know others have enjoyed the more lighthearted tone of the Iron Man films, and Marvel movies in general. The good news is: no matter how you like your comic book films – Marvel or Nolan style – the two-pronged approach Marvel is taking in its “Phase 2″ run should be able to appease both camps.

The Iron Man 3 trailer should be online sometime soon. The film will be in theaters on May 3, 2013.

Source: AICN