After a 17-second pre-trailer teaser was released yesterday, for whatever stupid reason, Marvel brings us the long-anticipated reel we’ve been looking for: the first glimpse at Shane Black’s Iron Man 3. I was on the Iron Man train – the original film, not the comics – because I really enjoyed Robert Downey Jr’s return to stardom after crippling his career. Iron Man was a simple film at its core, but seeing Downey fly around and dance with airplanes and pew pew the baddies was a trip fantastic.
Five years later (wow, has it been that long?) we’re back with Iron Man’s second sequel, which looks to be the dark middle chapter that the first sequel wasn’t. Iron Man 2, released in 2010, was a bloated, unenjoyable experience with no villain and largely no point other than to cram as much of the universe (and The Avengers’ too, for that matter). It appears that Shane Black, who’s taking over the from previous director Jon Favreau (whose post-Iron Man record has not been great) as well as the script, is taking this into a whole new direction involving blowing up Iron Man suits and getting his house blown up and generally getting blown up and landing in a taiga nightmare. Apparently, this is based on the ‘Extremis’ story arc from the comics, from which the suit designs and otherwise had already been lifted for the film series. Again, no familiarity because of the comics.
Anyway, check out the trailer below, it’s pretty rad, but I feel so down having watched it now.