Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in 'Iron Man 3' (Photo: Marvel Studios)
When you're a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist, very little gets under your skin. Especially when most of your problems can best be solved by putting on a mechanized suit of armor. So you know if Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) stops making jokes and starts making threats, then things must really be serious.
That's what we see in the first film clip for "Iron Man 3," released exclusively today here on Yahoo! Movies. Stark is surrounded by reporters outside a hospital following an attack by the international terrorist known as the Mandarin (played by Ben Kingsley). Tony uses the media to get a personal message out to his new enemy. And to show how serious he is, Stark invites the Mandarin to bring the fight literally to his door (plus he smashes a reporter's smartphone to drive home the point). Watch the clip, and then read on to see what it is that puts Tony Stark in the mood for some "good old fashioned revenge."
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So what is it that pushes Tony Stark to the edge? It's a combination of both internal and external factors. He's been shaken by his experience in "The Avengers," where for the first time he fought an enemy literally from another world and very nearly died in the process. As Tony says in the theatrical trailer, "I build neat stuff, I've got a great girl, and occasionally save the world. So why can't I sleep?" His perception of the world and his place in it has irreparably shifted. "Nothing's been the same since New York," he says.
But then the Mandarin leads a terrorist attack, and as you can see in a brief shot in the teaser trailer, Stark's friend and valet Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) gets injured as a result. That pushes Tony over the edge, inspiring him to call out the Mandarin personally in the press. He even gives the terrorist leader his home address, "10880 Malibu Point."
(Before you go putting that into your GPS, do note that it's not a real place. Tony's house as depicted in the movies doesn't really exist. It's created by visual effects to look like it's built above Point Dume State Beach in Malibu, CA.)
Of course, as you've seen in the trailers, the Mandarin takes Tony's invitation to drop by his place. He sends three attack helicopters to fire missiles at the cliff-side structure, sending the whole place sliding into the ocean. And if you think Stark looks mad in that clip, just imagine how ticked he's going to be after that.
To see just how Tony Stark will get back at the Mandarin for destroying his house and endangering his friends, you only have to wait four more weeks. "Iron Man 3" will be in theaters on May 3.
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