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'Iron Man 3' Trailer Promises A Grimmer, Weightier Movie

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by Tambay A. Obenson
October 23, 2012 9:14 AM
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It feels more like Christopher Nolan's Iron Man 3, taking a seemingly grimmer, grounded, grown-up tone than previous Iron Man movies, which, while entertaining, at times felt cartoonish (to me anyway).

You'll catch a quick glimpse at Don Cheadle (blink and you'll miss him); but this isn't his fight, so I wouldn't expect to see a lot of him in the movie. 

In Marvel's "Iron Man 3", brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man played by Robert Downey Jr., is pitted against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Robert Downey Jr. returns of course, as well as Gwyneth Paltrow, and the aforementioned Don Cheadle.

Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, and Ben Kingsley, round out the starring casr.

Shane Black directed the film from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black.

Iron Man 3 will hit USA theaters May 3, 2013.

Watchthe first full trailer below:

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6 Comments

  • Tamara | October 23, 2012 12:06 PMReply

    Guy Pearce and James Badge Dale. YES.

  • Roberto | October 23, 2012 11:40 AMReply

    ben kingsley is half east indian, therefore he is of asian descent

  • ALM | October 23, 2012 10:55 AMReply

    Yes!! Thank God this one resembles the first movie more than the second one. I love RDJ, but the second "Iron Man" was crap, crap, crap........I think the issue was the choice of villain and the way that the villain role was executed. One critique: I've watched the Iron Man cartoons, and isn't The Mandarin supposed to be Asian? Similar to the conversations that we have on this site every other day, there are a VERY limited number of roles for Asian Americans (as there are for African Americans). Why would Hollywood take away such a high profile role for a character who has clearly been Asian in the Iron Man history?

  • Helluva | October 25, 2012 7:31 PM

    Good points Charles, but then I'd ask: Why feature the "Mandarin" in the film at all and not some other super-villian? Having Ben Kingsley play the character is even MORE insulting imo...

  • Charles Judson | October 23, 2012 1:39 PM

    Cynical Answer: Few studios would want to feature Chinese Supervillian as the head of an anarchist terrorist organization bent on taking down and manipulating other governments when you have a real world China which is blamed for manipulating currencies, using it's size and mix of communism and capitalism to become a global power. The Mandarin instantly becomes a Chines proxy. Not only are you looking at the press spending more time on the Iron Man 3 as political-allegory, you're possibly cutting of China as one of the largest film markets. Storytelling Answer: By making The Mandarin more of a persona and less a ethnic stereotype, the filmmakers can create a character who is seen as true Global threat and antagonist (the Ten Rings was mentioned in the first film and they played a role in the second film). Which makes him less like the villains of the first two films who were both more mano on mano for Iron Man. How do you fight an enemy that's everywhere? Legacy of Racism Answer: The Mandarin is part of a long line of villains that have become more complex over time, but his creation in 1964 is very much tagged with the troubling takes on Asians that have plagued comic books and movies going back to the 1930s. His wanting to take over the world has shades of both the Yellow Peril and Fu Manchu tropes. Marvel would be smart to distance themselves from that as much as possible.

  • Tamara | October 23, 2012 11:44 AM

    "Why would Hollywood take away such a high profile role for a character who has clearly been Asian in the Iron Man history?" --- um, Ben Kingsley? He's such a sexy beast. lol

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