The wait for Iron Man 3 just got a lot harder.
Although the debut trailer for Iron Man 3 was cool, after thinking about it a while I realized that it worried me. The tone from the trailer gave me a notion the upcoming sequel to the Iron Man films (and in ways, The Avengers) would simply be two hours of Tony Stark getting his butt kicked, and I know I am not the only one who shares this opinion. That trailer showcased explosions, characters in pain, Tony Stark’s house crumbling down into the Pacific Ocean, and finally – a glimpse of our hero lugging his precious armor through the snow all alone.
Thankfully, this trailer gives some greater background into the context of Iron Man 3‘s story, and I now can’t wait for this film to come out.
If it lives up to this trailer’s tone, then Iron Man 3 will be an event. Following in the footsteps of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, this would mark Marvel’s first foray into darker, more personal superhero films as opposed to the previous six released as parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This new direction will certainly take Iron Man 3 down roads previously trodden, but from what the trailer shows, this film may turn out to be a rollicking good time with an enormous emotional kick.
As for the Mandarin, we don’t see much of him at all, but I view that as a good thing since we might be better surprised by the time Iron Man 3 hits theaters. From what I saw (and heard) from him, though, Ben Kingsley’s interpretation of the character is… interesting. I’ll put it like that. Either way, this is a great trailer – assuredly one of the best I’ve seen this year so far.
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While I’m cautiously optimistic about Iron Man 3, I’ve been burned by the franchise before. Iron Man 2 was pretty terrible, and its trailers had me similarly hyped. It was one of those films where I was almost in denial that it wasn’t as good as I hoped- it didn’t dawn on me until I stepped out of the theater and asked others for their opinions. Hopefully, Marvel has learned their lesson from that film. The first Iron Man was a truly great superhero film, and I’d love to see another character-focused story infused with well-choreographed action sequences a la The Avengers. While this trailer was mostly solid, I’m a bit worried about Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin. He seems to be deliberately using a strange speech pattern as if aping Heath Ledger’s Joker or something, and it didn’t work for me. And what’s up with the Captain America shield tattooed on his neck? In fact, this trailer left me with a few questions. Could that be the Hulk in that huge Iron Man suit at the end? Is the wave of friendly Iron Man suits supposed to be Iron Legion? I guess we’ll have to wait until this May to find out.
Iron Man 3 opens in 2D, 3D and IMAX in the United States on May 3, 2013.