Iron Man 3 has provided yet another sneek preview, this time exclusive to Gizmodo showing off some of the tremendous tech that Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark will take into battle against the forces of Ben Kingsley's The Mandarin. This time we are enlightened as to how the tech is a reflection on the state of the man.
The last bunch of trailers and TV spots have already made perfectly clear that this film will be teeming with tremendous troops of titanium, all of which were constructed by a shockingly-prepared Tony Stark. However, as the featurette reveals, the 42 armors that will already exist by the beginning may actually be a reflection of Tony's psyche coming into the film. In the past, he clearly made himself a target for shadowy psychopaths across the world, which has complicated the fact that he now has things in his life he values more than himself; specifically an evolving romance with Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). Now, the formerly cocky and hubris-emanating genius playboy has become a man desperately trying to protect the key pieces of his life. The result? Well the aforementioned 42 ass-kicking armors, each of which are designed to handle a multitude of specific scenarios which must float in Tony's mind constantly.
Of course, the most notable piece of tech we've seen so far from the film is his latest armor, the Mark XLII (42), which was earlier assumed to be just a Mark VIII. We also learn that subdermal implants are the explanation for the process in which this latest armor flies to Tony in pieces and assembles on his body at will.
Iron Man 3 takes doomsday prepping to an awesome new extreme when it hits theaters on May 3.