Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe begins on May 3, 2013 with the one franchise that started it all. Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 will take place after the events of The Avengers and based on what we’ve seen from the first trailer, it looks like Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) will be scarred by what he has seen since The Avengers first assembled.
In an interview with MTV, Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige talked about what we would see in the film.
Feige first address the mental state of Tony Stark and how the events in New York would affect him in Iron Man 3.
So much of the journey of ‘Iron Man 3’ is informed by Tony’s experiences in ‘The Avengers. It’s almost like post-traumatic stress: he really has retreated after the events of ‘The Avengers’ into his workshop, where he’s building advanced versions of his suits. He has [designed] a version of the suit that can latch onto him in individual pieces … anytime, anywhere. As he starts to realize, it’s basically because he doesn’t want to be out of the suit: he’s seen a lot of things in ‘Avengers’ and has encountered a lot of powerful people, much more powerful than he is.
“It brings us back to the Tony we met in the first part of ‘Iron Man’ where he’s removed from that convoy and brought to the cave with nothing but a box of scraps. It’s fun for all of us to watch Tony try to figure out how to get out of that scenario. Much of the movie is Tony in the middle of the country without his tools and a fairly broken suit to help him. But that’s his superpower: he wasn’t born on Asgard, he wasn’t hit by gamma rays, and he doesn’t have the super soldier serum. His power is his brain. It’s fun to put Tony Stark.
Considering the suit he will use in the film is the Mark XLVII (47), he must have spent a great amount of time at Iron Man HQ, building a wide variety of suits. Maybe we’ll see the Stealth Suit, Underwater suit, and Space suit. Or even better yet, a tease of a Hulkbuster. With so many suits, the possibilities are endless. But it looks like he is building as many suits as he can to deal with any sort of catastrophe. Just what kind of suits we will see remains to be seen.
Feige went on to talk about Iron Man’s most notorious and nefarious villain of all, The Mandarin. The first Iron Man film alluded to his character, but there has been no mention of him or the Ten Rings organization until now. But Feige doesn’t expect that to be a big problem:
“We felt there was leeway to explore the Mandarin in a way that hasn’t been explored before. We found we couldn’t point to any sort of definitive Mandarin story in the comics— but if you print this, I’m sure a million fans will point to a specific story — so as we’ve done with many of the films, we did an amalgamation. The Mandarin is relentless: he’s a non-stop threat, and you’ve seen that in the first teaser trailer when Tony Stark’s house tumbles into the sea. He doesn’t mess around, this guy.”