‘Iron Man 3′ Trailer Description: More ‘Dark Knight’ Than Marvel Movie

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 17th, 2012 at 8:07 am,

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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.

 Iron Man 3 Trailer Description: More Dark Knight Than Marvel Movie

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

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  1. who says that there are no lighthearted moments or one-line-jokes from stark. let´s wait people before you all get depressive. calm down,take a deep breathe or try some yoga : )

    • Exactly.
      Like I said, with RDJ in the lead there WILL be lots of humor – that’s blindly obvious IMO
      The tone of the film might just be a bit darker and grittier than the last few Marvel movies, and more in line with the first Iron Man movie.

      Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to get back to into the Lotus pose… ;)

  2. I think this a good thing. Iron Man 3 should be darker, should be a little more depressing, and tragic than the previous films. Tony stark went through harsh stuff in the Avengers, things that might leave someone a little broken. Iron Man 3 is now one of my most anticipated films of 2013.

    • Agreed!

  3. Tony Stark/ Iron Man is RDJ!!!

  4. Sounds a lot darker than the previous marvel films but it still sounds excellent and a great new take on all the characters. Hopefully stark will still be funny and have humorous moments because he’s so lovable because of that I hope they keep some of that if their going for a darker tone unfortunately we may see less of that but I hope they keep a little of it

  5. I absolutely hate how EVERY superhero film from here on out that is even slightly dark, will be compared to “TDK, dark, and gritty”.

    It’s ridiculous. TDK wasn’t the first dark movie ever. If a damn Harry Potter can be dark and gritty, why in the world can’t a Marvel film be dark, without being compared to TDK?

    I’m happy for this news personally :’) My problem with Iron Man 2 is that I NEVER felt any actual danger. I never felt Tony was in trouble. I’ve never felt Tony was feeling any sad, dark emotion. No dilemma. Hopefully this gives the film a little edge.

    • Harry Potter film**

    • You ok, hon? You sound so angry. It’s going to be okay. Relax, boo boo. It’s just a movie.

    • Oh, completely. There was not one sense of peril in the entire film.

      This is a great idea for IM3, and because the Marvelverse films are being known more for lighthearted action thus far, it will make it THAT much more effective.



    • Because like it or not, TDK did start a trend; it was meaningful because Batman as a character has always been dark and gritty. But you’re saying like it’s a bad thing, I’m pretty sure if they compared an issue of Iron Man to the Watchmen OGN people wouldn’t have minded. What’s so wrong about being similar to The Dark Knight, seeing as how it IS one of the most critically acclaimed and universally celebrated films of the genre?

      Having said that, I don’t think this will be anything remotely similar to TDK other than in tone (which is something that should come naturally — there’s nothing wrong in making serious movies about superheroes, something that every Marvel Studios film seems to have forgotten). I’d be glad if all of the Phase 2 films are slightly darker, giving them a more matured quality than the more innocent/celebratory Phase 1 films that were closer to the original comics. Iron Man 3 will not be anything like The Dark Knight Rises because it isn’t a noir film at its heart, it’s a techno-thriller / crisis film with its own genre archetypes to draw from.

  6. Yeah totally sick of dark and gritty now. Avengers was a breath of fresh air due to the tone. They are superheroes, i don’t want to see them “grounded”. Its all pointless anyway cause no matter how dark/gritty it is Iron Man will still win the day and everything will be hunky dory.

    Hollywood needs to get off this dark/gritty bandwagon.

    • It’s true. Not every hero can be dark and gritty

    • I totally agree on that. The reason why I liked the Iron Man movies was because they were NOT dark and depressing like TDR or HP7 or Prometheus or any other action movie right now. If they even have the same color key (blue adn orange) the Marvel Universe has failed and money has won.

  7. Funny how so many characters are being done in the dark and gritty one and Daredevil is STILL flying in limbo. His most popular arcs are dramatic and f***** up than Batman’s are. A Daredevil done right taking from Frank and Bendis’ run could make everyone forget about the TDK

    • What? Batman is so much more popular than Daredevil, your crazy! While I really want to see a great Daredevil movie since he’s my favorite Marvel character, you are crazy if you think a Daredevil movie would ever make people forget about Batman.

      • A well done one would out shine batman. of course nobody can or will do it like that any time soon

        • Joe Carnahan came close. The 70s was Hell’s Kitchen at its most blantant point of Criminal actiivity. Perfect place for a brazen Al Capone ‘ untouchable’ Kingpin and Daredevil to swuare off.

          • dare devil more famous than batman? what’s next? superman moves to marvel?

          • Funny you should mention that — i was JUST watching The Untouchables the other day and thinking how close in spirit it resembles Sin City and Batman The Long Halloween! Maybe they ought to get Brian de Palma for a Daredevil film?

            And, say what you will, I loved Affleck in the role. He’s doing good with his noir as well, and since he cares about the character, why not put him in the director’s seat this time?

  8. i think author of this article needs to do better research next time. warren ellis did the extremis arc in 2005 and 2006, way before nolans darknight. dc and marvel have been using dark themes for many and many years.

    • I think you’re missing the point. We comic book readers are aware that dark material exists at both Marvel and DC. However, in the world of cinema, the Batman movies (particularly Nolan’s trilogy) are more commonly viewed as the “dark” films, and rightfully so. The Marvel movies, conversely, have been generally more lighthearted and brighter. That isn’t to say that there is no levity in the Batman movies and there is no darkness in the Marvel films. However, the overall tones of the movies are: Batman – dark, Marvel – light.

      Therefore, when a new Marvel movies comes out that appears to be darker, have a more somber tone, etc it will be undoubtedly be compared to (or said to be more in line with) the Dark Knight Trilogy than the Phase 1 Marvel movies.

      • I think you spelled it out very well there! I don’t see why fans need to continue that petty rivalry between the two publishers onto Hollywood as well — The Dark Knight was a brilliant movie, and if they compare Iron Man 3 to it, it’d be a praise rather than a hit. What’s wrong with resembling something that was good previously?

  9. I just hope above everything else that the Mandarin uses his 10 Makulan rings

    • absolutely

    • I hope the reconnect it to the Ten Ring terrorist organization of IM1, which had the best opening 5 min of a MCzu film.

      Tony Stark in a terrorist ransom video WTF!! ok im interested.

  10. Or, you know, more like Iron Man than Iron Man 2. First Iron Man movie had a strong character-driven story, and Tony learned something in it. Remember the look in his eyes when he tells Pepper “There is only the next mission?” Really irritating to keep seeing all these sensationalistic headlines acting like this movie is just taking a cue from the Batman films.

  11. In the Extermis storyline he is almost killed and dying when he gets the Extremis suit. I dont want the film to feel like TDKR however it does need to be really dark at parts and a flash back to Yensen would be good

    • Thank you!! Someone who also reads the comics and knows that in special cases, such as this, the films HAVE to be dark in order for the movie to work the way it was written in the comics

  12. Just reading the trailer description gave me goosebumps. I cannot wait for the film to come out.

    It IS annoying that everyone is trying to Nolan approach to movies. The ‘Man Of Steel’ trailer for instance, and now this (although I think it fits IM3 better).

    • But if it didnt follow Nolan’s apporach as you say, you wouldnt have your goosebumps.

    • Um…. You do know that Christopher Nolan is producing Man of Steel, right? Anyway, I wasn’t as excited for IM3 until I read this article. Definitely my most anticipated movie for 2013

  13. you guy realize that “The Dark Knight Rises” was not the first dark film ever created right??? So if a movie turns out to be dark you automatically have to compare it to the batman movies? that pretty stupid if you ask me.

    • First properly done dark superhero films though

    • I didnt think rises was dark, not as dark as dark knight even really.
      Maybe if bane tied batman to a truck and paraded him through gotham saying look at your hero now!!

      • Or if Bane actually resembled his comic persona or if Talia wasn’t batshit crazy and suicidal or if there was some Lazarus pit action to secretly reveal himself as the villain near the end like begins

      • Or if Bane actually resembled his comic persona or if Talia wasn’t batshit crazy and suicidal or if there was some Lazarus pit action

        • Bane was very much like his comicbook persona. Talia is batshit crazy in the comics in more ways than one. And there are many forms of immortality. Ra’s was revealed to be the mastermind behind it all.

    • Comparing iron man to batman is an insult to batman so please stop with it.
      this coming from an iron man fan

  14. Great now a hulk movie is completely out of the question. The hulk ones should have been the gritty films of MCU

    • I thought Incredible Hulk was fairly dark and gritty. Had well balsnced tone and a grounded story that you could take serious despite all the fantastical elements.

      • I agree, Ignur. There is a depth that seems to be ignored in favour of the more fantastical elements.

  15. Uhhh… He looked just fine at the end of the Avengers. Where’s all this angsting coming from?

    • THAT’S the question we should all be asking! Tony almost died in outer-space and Coulson died…permanently -but apart from that? Nothing dramatic happened in TA!

      • the things that you you have written are serious and tony starkshould be sad but why wasn’t he showing any of that sadness at the end of avenger movie. all he could thing about was shawarma.lol

  16. Its never a bad thing to try and be like the dark knight.

  17. They said the Amazing Spider-man was going to be dark and gritty…and it had some scenes at night so that explains the dark and the lizard hung out in a sewer…that’s gritty right? Wait for the movie…hell, wait for the actual trailer before going off on IM3 being compared to TDK.

  18. I wish Dr. Evil had not made the comparison to TDK because everyone automatically assumes it’s just going to copy it, from what he describes it sounds like the movie is taking itself seriously which is a good thing. There is a place for fun and games in the marvel universe for movies like spider man, but not every movie can or should be that. We have seen three wacky adventures with Tony Stark, and they were all ok, but that’s it. Maybe a new approach isn’t that terrible of an idea

  19. that title makes no sense man does it have to be that dark think of the amazing spiderman 2 fatalities and one of them was extremely sad that is of George Stacy but uncle ben was kinda old and stacy more middle aged so yeah now connors is behind bars now for the near-deaths and 1 death of NYC now he has to stay there for life also it brought havoc to peter`s school so it`s very typical to happen in movies but the only place it damaged was peter`s school

    • When the top of Oscorp tower collapsed and all the debris fell down, don´t you think that damaged something on the ground? Or hurt someone?

  20. @Corey. Brilliantly said… or should I say, written. Can’t have the same thing in every movie. Change is good. Though this being Marvel, I think there will still be some humour despite the darker tone.

  21. All comic book films should be dark and gritty, with only a spattering of humor here and there. As soon as you move from the comic book to live action (ahem….transformers), you leave that world behind, and need to ground it in the real world. Most people are astounded at what the Dark Knight showed us, but I wasn’t. That was simply a well-made, realistic movie. As soon as you go away from that, you enter the mindless “blockbuster” realm. If you want nonsense, crazy action and little in the way of logical plot, go read a comic. Some of us adults that go to the movies would at least like to leave the movie with our intelligence not insulted.

    • Wow, talk about not having read a comic book in your life. Go read instead of being a Nolan fanboy until you understand the maturity in most comic books (note: implausability =/= chidlishness)

    • Your comment is bad and you should feel bad.

      But seriously though, do you know how ridiculous you sound? I cracked up laughing reading your comment. In fact I’m still laughing XD

  22. More Dark Knight than Marvel? No, this looks fun and well written already.

  23. Let me begin by saying that I am initially a DC fan but since Ironman’s movie inception starting the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I was shoved pleasantly into Marvel Comics. Batman is my favorite, and what Nolan did for that character was bring a unique and spellbinding experience that Tim Burton succeed with initially, and was destroyed by Joel Shumacher. Whether you like Batman or Nolan or not, they hold more positively with the majority of the population in this world than negatively. It has set the standard for comic book heroes on film in every setting that you can break the cycle of monotony that have ruined once something that started great and ended crappy:
    Xmen 3
    Batman and Robin (Batman 4)
    Blade 3
    Superman 4 the quest for peace
    Spider-Man 3
    I know there’s more. But those were enough to make my point.
    I loved M.C.U. Phase one. I love RDJ, Jon Favreau, and the life they injected into Stark/Ironman. I wasn’t a fan of the second one in terms of how much the first one impressed me. Out of all 6 MCU’s it lacked, but I still enjoyed it. Can you compare Nolan’s Bat movies to Ironman? Yes and no. They both introduced thier characters in the first movie, and some of the same issues. But isn’t that kind of obvious considering they are both Billionaire playboys with no parents? It’s thier situations and interactions with other characters that set them apart. Tony has Jarvis, robots, Pepper and his military friends. Bruce has Alfred and maybe Rachel and his pals at wayne enterprises. They’re both loners who were traumatized at one point or another into doning costumes and being heroes. Both sequels were identical in terms of theme dealing with escalation from the opposing sides and the responsibilities of said heroes’ actions from the prior movie. Where Dark Knight was amazing, Ironman 2 lacked a bit.
    Dark Knight Rises was truly, IMO, was the best suitable way to end the franchise, while it was not as bright and terrifyingly fun as Dark Knight, it was in line with Batman Begins, which was very entertaining on its own. If anything, it was like an Oreo cookie, the cream in the middle being The Dark Knight. The IronMan trilogy may just follow suit, just in the reverse oreo cookie fashion. (Ironman and Ironman 3 being better than Ironman 2)
    Ironman 3 DOES have a Dark knight rises feel to it. They even used one of the sound effects from the dark knight rises trailer, specifically the sound the Bat makes when it’s flying over Banes tumbler.
    Stark is going to have everything taken from him, like Bruce in Rises, and will have to reinvent himself for round two with the villain, where he will ultimately hand him his ass.
    So whether Nolan has made an impression on others with his movies, who cares? They can’t copy him, just take what he did and mold into something even more unique.
    Ironman 3 will do just that on its own, and be something better than expected.
    You’ll see.

  24. The trailer really rises questions whether Miss Pepper will be alive throught the movie or not!!

  25. The trailer really rises questions whether Miss Pepper will be alive throught the movie or not!! So the question arises whether this is the last part or not?

  26. This entire conversation is cryptic…. Can we get a definition of “dark and gritty”? Maybe then most of this will make a lot more sense.