Today, Marvel unleashed the first trailer for "Iron Man 3," and, if the minute-long teaser is any indication, escalation is a theme here, as this third entry looks to be big, bold, and foreboding. It looks like Shane Black and company really have it out for Tony Stark, who is set to face his most daunting and personal challenge yet.
The other overarching theme here is the fact that just about everyone really does have it out for Stark in this installment. When he says there's a hundred people who want to kill him, he may not be exaggerating.
Anyone who's followed the project has been aware of the numerous villains that have been cast, and this trailer shows off at least a couple of them: an uber smarmy-looking Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley's Mandarin. There's also someone stomping around in an Iron Patriot-inspired armor, but it's unknown if this is friend or foe.
The Mandarin is arguably the most intriguing revelation; long considered by many to be Iron Man's greatest and most infamous foe, he's finally making his way to the film franchise after some hesitation concerning the character's Yellow Peril roots in the comics.
There's none of that here--for one, this Mandarin doesn't even appear to be Chinese, though Kingsley is certainly giving him a unique vocal inflection. Cold, calculating, and sinister, it's a far cry from the typically genteel lilt that we're used to hearing from Kingsley.
Several other, more familiar faces show up as well, including Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Don Cheadle as Colonel Rhodes. And of course Downey's Tony Stark is right in the thick of things, and this installment looks to be centered on how these latest tribulations affect him personally.
Presented as being haunted by past events (such as the New York battle in "The Avengers"), Stark suddenly seems a little more brooding and angst-ridden than he's been in the past. Such a move is likely to draw comparisons to Christopher Nolan's "Dark Knight" trilogy, but it should be noted that Iron Man arguably defined the "tortured billionaire playboy masquerading as a superhero" thing over 30 years ago during the "Demon in a Bottle" comic book arc.
While it's doubtful that Stark will go full-on alcoholic like he did in that story, there's little doubt he'll endure all kinds of punishment in this film--something tells me his Malibu mansion crumbling into the sea is just the beginning.
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