Apparently, a lot of people have been concerned, or at least been talking about the fact that IRON MAN 3 looks to have a massive shift in tone and severity, after the first two movies being fun romps (with serious elements thrown in, like that wonky drunk Tony sequence in IM2). Well, fret not. Kevin Feige, Shane Black ,and Robert Downey Jr. have all come out to downplay the “serious” factor, and talk about how proud they are of the movie. Typical studio stuff.
First off, is Marvel Studios producer/head honcho Kevin Feige: “It’s not a serious movie, but we seriously dig into exploring more of Tony. 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.”
And director Shane Black: ”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.”
Downey Jr. discussed the changes as well: “You can dissect why [The Avengers] was the right movie with the right people and the right director at the time. But we feel the same way about Iron Man 3 now.”
I think the movie will be more dire and more serious than the first couple, but don’t think it’ll take a chunk out of Downey’s wit or the lighthearted charm of Tony Stark for too long. Adding higher stakes and consequences is normal for a sequel, whether or not it’s believable and gripping is another battle. We’ll find out May 3rd, 2013, when Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Rebecca Hall, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Ashley Hamilton, Dale Dickey, James Badge Dale, William Sadler, Jon Favreau, and Paul Bettany appear on the big screen once again.