'Iron Man 3,' 'Thor: The Dark World' and 'Kick-Ass 2' All Reveal Official Plots

'Iron Man 3,' 'Thor: The Dark World' and 'Kick-Ass 2' All Reveal Official Plots

Oct 18, 2012

Marvel Studios has reached that rare level of trust where fans are going to be excited for their new superhero films no matter what, so the finer details of plot and story really aren't going to make a difference when it comes to whether or not people buy a ticket to their next superhero extravaganza. That's not going to stop us from devouring every little tidbit released, of course, and today's Marvel movie news concerns the Shane Black-directed Iron Man 3 and its official plot synopsis.

Check it out straight from the press release:

Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic superhero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of Tales of Suspense (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with The Invincible Iron Man (#1) in May of 1968.

That's a fairly vague plot synopsis with portions of it sounding like they could describe either of Jon Favreau's films, but you didn't expect Disney to out every twist and turn half a year before Iron Man 3 hits theaters on May 3, 2013, did you? Look for the first trailer to arrive this week.

If you're looking for a bit more separation between action film plots, though, look no further than Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall. Written and directed by Jeff Wadlow (Never Back Down and Cry_Wolf), it sounds like this sequel to Matthew Vaughn's delightfully violent film about powerless wannabe superheroes is broadening its scope quite a bit.

Kick-Ass, Hit Girl and Red Mist return for the follow-up to 2010’s irreverent global hit: Kick-Ass 2. After Kick-Ass’ (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) insane bravery inspires a new wave of self-made masked crusaders, led by the badass Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey), our hero joins them on patrol. When these amateur superheroes are hunted down by Red Mist (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)—reborn as The Mother F%&*^r—only the blade-wielding Hit Girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) can prevent their annihilation. When we last saw junior assassin Hit Girl and young vigilante Kick-Ass, they were trying to live as normal teenagers Mindy and Dave. With graduation looming and uncertain what to do, Dave decides to start the world’s first superhero team with Mindy.

Unfortunately, when Mindy is busted for sneaking out as Hit Girl, she’s forced to retire—leaving her to navigate the terrifying world of high school mean girls on her own. With no one left to turn to, Dave joins forces with Justice Forever, run by a born-again ex-mobster named Colonel Stars and Stripes. Just as they start to make a real difference on the streets, the world’s first super villain, The Mother F%&*^r, assembles his own evil league and puts a plan in motion to make Kick-Ass and Hit Girl pay for what they did to his dad. But there’s only one problem with his scheme: If you mess with one member of Justice Forever, you mess with them all.

Kick-Ass 2 is set for a June 28, 2013 release.

And finally, getting back to Marvel, we have Disney's official synopsis for Thor: The Dark World. Unsurprisingly, given the intergalactic nature of Thor, this one actually sounds like the biggest movie of the three, and promises to offer plenty otherworldly imagery when it hits theaters on November 8, 2013:

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself.  In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos... but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Christopher Eccleston, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, and Jaimie Alexander with Rene Russo and Anthony Hopkins as Odin, Thor: The Dark World is directed by Alan Taylor, produced by Kevin Feige, from a story by Don Payne (credit not final) and screenplay by Christopher Yost and Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (credit not final) and is based on Marvel’s classic superhero Thor, who first appeared in the comic book “Journey into Mystery “ #83 in August, 1962.

So, now that you've read all three, which project sounds the most interesting to you?


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