Release Date: May 3
Director: Shane Black
Rating: Not Yet Rated
In the aftermath of The Avengers, Tony Stark tangles with a 10-ring-touting mastermind who has targeted him for torment.
What We Know:
Beaten-down, sleep-deprived, and constantly worried about the ramifications his technology will bring upon the world and the woman he loves, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) isn't quite feeling the like the same randy, eccentric billionaire tech genius who, with extreme hubris, who once declared his identity of Iron Man to the world.
He knows he's in the center of several cross-hairs. However, he's about to discover that he's caught the ire of a powerful ringleader who will become his definitive nemesis: The Mandarin. (Ben Kingsley)
The plot thickens as a powerful nanovirus called Extremis developed by scientists, Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) and Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall,) falls into the hands of the sinister bling-boasting-baddie, setting into motion events that turn Stark's life upside down. (Literally, in the case of his house.) Eventually, Extremis infects Tony's armor, giving it a mind of its own. -- Which, among other things, it uses to creep over him and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) while they sleep.
Rounding out the cast, Don Cheadle returns as James Rhodes, sporting a new patriotic version of his War Machine armor. James Badge Dale and Ashley Hamilton are bad guy muscle-power, respectively as Coldblood and Firepower.
What We Expect:
We've seen Tony Stark live a rather care-free life, despite tangling with the nastiest villains available on this world and beyond. However, this seems to be the point where his capriciousness has finally caught up to him.
The film's tagline has been, "Does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?" Based on what we've been seeing, it's clear that this isn't just of test of Tony's mettle (resisting a pun,) but rather, a test of his values and resolve. A true reevaluation of his character.
The Extremis virus will not only destroy his armory, but open up doors for new, more powerful possibilities. The fate of Tony's tech will certainly serve as a metaphor for what's happening to the man.
Shane Black, who co-wrote the script, also steps into the director's chair for Jon Favreau (who reprises his role as Happy Hogan.) He'll be bringing his experience with straight-up action and character dynamic from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang and the Lethal Weapon series in this summer movie season kick-off that could be the most intense entry in the Armored Avenger's solo series, yet.
For more info on Iron Man 3, check out the official site.
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