More Footage of Iron Man 3 Revealed in Japanese Trailer
12.10.12 by Ryan
A new look at Marvel's not-serious, "techno-thriller."
Ever since the first trailer arrived for the highly-anticipated sequel Iron Man 3, fans have been clamoring for more footage for further explanation of how exactly The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) is destroying Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) life. The sequel appears to be a shift in tone from the previous installments, but Marvel president of Production Kevin Feige insists Iron Man 3 is not a "serious" movie.
"It's not a serious movie, but we seriously dig into exploring more of Tony," Feige told The West Australian (via ComingSoon). "The trick is just trying to make great movies. We try to make them all great, all different and all fresh. What you'll see in Iron Man 3 is some very unique directions that were taken."
The sequel still looks like a serious movie in the recently-revealed Japanese version of the trailer, which offers snippets of new footage.
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So, if Iron Man 3 isn't "serious," no one told director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), who told Wired (via IGN) that the sequel is "gritty" and "intense."
We had kind of a conundrum in that The Avengers opens up this huge skyhole full of inter-dimensional aliens, and you kind of look back and [think], "Well, what do you do after that?" Except go back to a sort of more gritty, intense kind of techno-thriller root.
While talking to The West Australian, Black did agree with Feige that Iron Man 3 will have a "fresh" approach.
We're not aiming for bigger, necessarily. We're aiming for different and fresh and new. It's all about capturing that lightning-in-a-bottle feel, about trying to get as much into this as we can. We're looking to get a ton of thrills into a short space, to make a nice little stew for you.
No doubt fans will get a better understanding of the sequel once more footage of the sequel is revealed in future trailers, but, as the movie is still in production, that may be a while. According to Deadline, Iron Man 3 has started a week-long shoot in Beijing, China, today and has cast Chinese actor Wang Xuequi as Dr. Wu, a new character that is reportedly not a huge part. Nonetheless, Marvel and DMG Entertainment have released two new images of Xuequi in character appearing with Downey Jr. and, separately, with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Don Cheadle as James "Rhodey" Rhodes. Apparently, Xuequi is not replacing Andy Lau, who turned down a role that was either a business ally of Stark's or Chen Lu, the civilian alias of comic book villain Radioactive Man, or, perhaps both. With Ashley Hamilton and James Badge Dale respectively co-starring as cyborgs Firepower and Eric Savin, aka Coldblood (Dale has called himself "the muscle" for Kingsley's Mandarin and Guy Pearce's Aldrich Killian), the sequel already seems to have enough villains around, though anything's possible.
Iron Man 3 was adapted by Black and screenwriter Drew Pearce and is loosely based on comic book writer Warren Ellis' Extremis storyline from the Iron Man comic books. Rebecca Hall (The Town) co-stars as Dr. Maya Hansen.