Diehard Iron Man fans have been itching to know what the third installment in the Iron Man franchise, led by Robert Downey Jr. will be all about. Directed by Shane Black, the film will focus mainly on keeping things fresh, developing character storylines and suiting up Downey, Jr. in a gold iron suit, all of which was confirmed by the cast on Saturday during a Comic-Con press conference.
Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, director Shane Black and producer Kevin Feige were on hand to share a few plot details. Here are a few things we learned from the press conference.
Shane Black on storyline:
Fresh, different but there is this idea of being big but for me it’s about capturing the intensity. We are trying to get as much as we can into this film, a ton of thrills and make a nice little stew for you. We are allowed to take risks and it’s very notable that they allowed us to do it and it’s the reason why I wanted to be a part of this.
On Don Cheadle’s costume:
Cheadle: I do suit up. It’s not as fun on the set but fun in the movie. There are some different iterations that Warmachine goes through in this film. I don’t want to give it away but it’s fun to see those things morph and shift. The Iron Man suit is really spectacular in this one.
Black: He will be wearing the Iron Patriot suit. Pictures on the web are real.
Shane Black on rumors, Iron Man gold suit, and transitioning to direct Iron Man 3:
[It’s interesting] how much the guessing is so wrong. We love the rumors that’s always fun.
I was surprised at how much generous help was available for me.Iit made it easy for me. John Favreau made it easy for me. He gave me the transitional feel I needed. Marvel walked me through the process and held my hand. I asked, “How do you do this,” and they would say, “Here’s how you do it.”
I find it interesting that fans are so angered that the suit is gold. Out of all things the suit?
On character development:
Downey Jr.: Avengers surprised us to a certain extent. I feel that Rhodes and Tony had not been explored as much as they’ve been. We tried to be practical and looked at the challenges and what sorts of limitations that Iron Man could face.
This film has a lot of breath to it. We realized the beginning of Iron Man 2, Tony’s dying, wow, then he has a party and he’s drunk, wow. So we don’t like him. There is a way to enjoy all the shadowy stuff and still enjoy the character. We just kept thinking about what would it really be like if this guy was in this country and where else could he go in this country? If you look to the history of films Shane’s written and directed, there’s a real desire to hearkening back to some of those themes in mainstream films. They will occur in Iron Man 3.
Black: This film is about looking at how the story has not yet been completely told. It’s about the culmination of this franchise.
Feige: This is a very Tony star centered film. By design it is a very serious character study. This is the beginning on the next phase, it will set the tone. Tony’s journeys could spin forward but it is a self-contained story.
Robert Downey Jr. on Shane Black aka Blueberries:
I’ve known Shane for a while. This time around, everybody is really seasoned, we’ve made mistakes along the way and have learned. Shane in this movie focused on the emotion depth that happens without taking it self so serious.
One night before a big day of shoot, John Favreau and I called him and he asked that we pick up salmon and blueberries so that’s how his code name became “Blueberries.”
On filming in China:
We’re not really going to China. Am I allowed to say that? I assume that when the plates crew goes over to film plates in China while I’m by my swimming pool, it will go well. We made a deal. We are setting many aspects of the film in China but we won’t all be going there to shoot. Don’t tell anyone.
Robert Downey, Jr. on playing a hero:
I think I speak for anyone that gets to live in this world. There is something about it that you go, “Wow what a great opportunity.” I take it as seriously as Shakespeare.
Iron Man 3 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 3, 2013.
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