Robert Downey Jr. Previews Iron Man 3 and Talks the Future of Tony Stark at Comic-Con
07.15.12 by Chris
Robert Downey Jr. has been called the King of Comic-Con and at Saturday's Iron Man 3 panel, Downey once again proved that title by rocking the audience inside of Hall H.
In true Tony Stark fashion, Downey entered Hall H from the back doors and walked through the audience with music blaring. Once on stage he asked: "How much do I love you? How much do you love me? And why aren't we watching any footage yet?" The lights dropped and the audience saw the first look at Iron Man 3.
The opening scene showed Stark in his "R&D" laboratory, testing his newest version of the Iron Man suite — it assembles onto his body piece by flying piece (as hinted in the recently released concept art.) Cut to a short comic scene between Stark and Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) where Happy complains about being Ironman's "bodyguard." We then get a montage of all the players in Iron Man 3, including Guy Pearce who says, “Some people call me a terrorist. I consider myself a teacher. Lesson number one: there is no such thing as heroes.” Then we see Stark and Pepper attacked at Stark's Malibu home. A helicopter flies in front of it, firing missiles, destroying the home and sending into to the Pacific Ocean. Stark, in a gold and red suit, emerges from the submerged wreckage. We then see the Iron Man 3 title but before fading to black we see Sir Ben Kingsley as The Madarin.
Director Shane Black said production is halfway through and "if we don't f*ck it up the rest it's going to be great."
We're going to leave it all on the field. We got these three characters, all these pieces and all these new locking parts. It's not like Spider-Man 3 where they're all separate. To make it seem like the culmination of a trilogy and not another episode — that was the task. We're actually going back to the roots of this thing, try and dig out the myth of it because I think especially in a world as confusing as today this whole myth thing is why I think these superheroes movie are doing so well we need a little simplicity. Downey has a place in my heart. Working with him is a f*cking dream. He is Tony Stark.
But the question is how long will Downey be Tony Stark? The actor was asked about his contract with Marvel.
Don [Cheadle]'s and my deal run out after we do Iron Man 3. Then we'll figure out exactly what Brinks trucks [armored bank trucks] we want to continue. The future is uncertain. I'm super happy. It's just been an amazing journey.
Sounds like Downey is up for playing Stark as long as Disney and Marvel open up their checkbooks.
Black is taking over directing duties from Favreau, who directed the first two installments but is only serving as an executive producer on Iron Man 3. Favreau, who also plays Happy Hogan in the movies, said it was a unique experience returning to the world of Iron Man.
It was odd walking on the set of an Iron Man movie but Shane made me feel very comfortable as did Robert and Kevin [Feige
]. I never got the chance to have fun with the role before because but I was always worried about everyone's feeling on the set because I'm the director. Now I really just get to have fun. As far as executive producing, as oppose to directing, I feel like a proud grandfather who doesn't have to change the diapers but gets to play with the baby. I think have the best seat in the house because I get to watch it all unfold.
They then replayed the clip, and, to be honest, it was just as impressive as the first time.
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