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Kevin Feige Says 'Iron Man 3' Will Be The "Antidote" To 'The Avengers'; Says Tony Stark Could Be Replaced Bond Style In Future Movies

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by Kevin Jagernauth
April 27, 2012 2:59 PM
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With "The Avengers" currently flying high on unbelievable buzz and critical praise, it seems the game plan for Marvel and Kevin Feige is to do the complete opposite of everything in Joss Whedon's movie for "Iron Man 3." Wait, what?

Okay, it's a bit of an alarmist opening, but if you liked the good time, team up, high five vibes of "The Avengers," enjoy it now, because the latest adventures of Tony Stark are going to find him pretty much on his own. Empire caught up with Marvel honcho Kevin Feige who revealed where "Iron Man 3" will be going, and how it hopes to return to the gritty feel of Jon Favreau's first film. "So 'Iron Man 3' has been structured specifically to be the antidote to 'The Avengers,' " Feige said. "Circumstances in the story separate Tony from having access to anything."

So maybe this is why Black Widow will no longer be popping up? Indeed, it seems Iron Man won't have the comfort of being able to call up his superhero pals in this one. "We wanted to take Tony back to, metaphorically speaking, the cave from 'Iron Man,' the first half of 'Iron Man,' when he's cut off from the world and needs just focus on his intellects to get himself out of his situation," he explained. "So he's not calling Thor, he's not calling Captain America, he can't press a special button to have the helicarrier come rescue him, so I think that'll be a nice complement to the team up of Avengers." 

Just how Tony Stark will wind up detached from his superhero pals remains to be seen. But it's an interesting shift in direction, and frankly, it's kind of nice that instead of cramming the third installment with even more characters (something that definitely diluted "Iron Man 2") we'll be back to Stark having to work things out on his own. But with Robert Downey Jr. appearing in four Marvel movies as the lead, and popping up in "The Incredible Hulk," surely the number is running down on his contractual obligations for Marvel. What happens when RDJ is ready to retire the suit?

"I think Bond is a good example. Let’s put it this way: I hope Downey makes a lot of movies for us as Stark. If and when he doesn’t, and I’m still here making these movies, we don’t take him to Afghanistan and have him wounded again. I think we James Bond it," Feige told Badass Digest. That comment should certainly spark a few conversations.

Boasting what is arguably the best cast of any Marvel movie to date, Guy Pearce, Jessica Chastain, Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow and possibly Andy Lau will star in "Iron Man 3" when it hits theaters on May 3, 2013.

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  • anon | April 28, 2012 9:31 AMReply

    ..."reboots" with a new face are generally thought of as being more palatable when the time between reboots (but in this case its a continuation) were more spread out. Now studios are releasing them with the frequency of a monthly comic. I think spiderman is a better comparison, if people can accept the face change (though in this case its not as recognizable as RDJ) that may be a better assessment.

  • rodie | April 27, 2012 5:51 PMReply

    Armie Hammer can be snarky and also really likable. I could see him playing Stark in 5-6 years if Iron Man 3 is Downey's last, especially if the Lone Ranger is stand-a-lone and doesn't bring sequels...oh, who am I kidding...

  • George Otwori | April 27, 2012 4:46 PMReply

    007 movies are able to replace James Bond. It's made clear that it's his cover name and real identity has been destroyed so he can be fully utilized as asset for his majesty service.

    So are they basically going to replace the character of Tony stark with alternate character who've don the suit. When Tony was in some type crisis of circumstance. Are they make it harder for themselves by replacing Tony Stark with a different actor each time. Possibly risk diminishing the franchise as whole if one of those replacement actor just gel with audience.

  • Mark | April 27, 2012 11:03 PM

    Roger Moore's opening scene in Live and Let Die (at his wife's grave) discredits this the 007-as-cover name theory.

  • Mike | April 27, 2012 5:43 PM

    When has it ever been established that Bond is a 'code name' and a different person when the actor is replaced? They just happen to act the same way even when not under cover? Bond movies simply pretend the past didn't happen and/or keep going as if nothing's changed even decades later. With the exception of the current era which has completely restarted the continuity.

  • Connor | April 27, 2012 3:41 PMReply

    Either they will tackle Stark's alcoholism or Tony will be stuck in China/Shanghai.

  • Blah | April 27, 2012 3:18 PMReply

    I place money on the suit becoming self-aware (or whatever Nanobots can do) and Tony Stark has to take the suit on with his BRAIN.

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