Tony Stark down against a menace, high profile stability and a rise from the ashes harken the dynamics that made 2009s “Iron Man” a must-see comics based movie. Those very themes have been the veneer highlights coming out of the newest trailers for the upcoming “Iron Man 3”.
Even as movie audiences rekindle those old filmmaking feelings that made the first Iron Man installment one instilled box office "attaboy" for Marvel Studios, two keynote names in the production for this third film of the Armored Avenger confirm the sensibilities bridging the two films.
On a topical news page for Marvel.com, “Iron Man 3” director Shane Black and Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige cite the influences from the initial blockbuster siphon over some booster implementation to enliven the Phase Two starter point.
“We were much more inspired by the first half of the first Iron Man film to say let’s put him metaphorically back in the cave with a box of scraps and see how he uses his brain to get out of it,” remembers Feige. “And that’s very much in Shane’s wheelhouse, taking cinematic tropes and cinematic conceits and spinning them in unexpected ways. He’s done that in this film not just in Tony’s story, but even in the armor. He can just toss the armor onto another person, [which] opened up an entire different conceit [that] Shane [used to] construct three unbelievably cool action sequences. [That] gave us the opportunity to check that box of ‘big action’ while it’s really a Tony Stark character story.”
What were kudos in the original movie can be lifted off and improved as well, it seems. The end fight scene was a championship showdown between technical wizards, but there’s more that can be done than just carrying over successful influences.
Shane Black further talks on what adjustments were put into this upcoming movie from the original.
“I think what we’ve got now are hopefully three really memorable sequences, but they’ve also got to be organic … what I hate about action movies [that have] character [scene], stop, action scene. Ok, start the character again. It’s got to be one thing. But it’s great working with Downey. Downey won’t just do an action scene. Every action scene he does is a character piece.”
“The challenge [to me], together with these really remarkable animators and artists as a resource, [was] to not just have scenes where Iron Man flies in, shoots a bolt, and the guy flies backwards,” continues Black. “How do you start to tone the action so that it becomes intricate and you don’t remember all of it, you just finish the scene and go wow. Then, if you go back you find little pieces in the middle that you forgot were there, but they are seen as a toning mechanism, as detailing.”
For Iron Man movie fans, the betters and best of what has put turbo into the franchise are going to be the backbone of forward character story progression.