If there was one thing to take away from the heavy Iron Man 3 trailer that premiered in late October (aside from the fact that Ben Kingsley is the new Michael Caine—man, he’ll star in anything), it’s that the film appears to feature a massive tonal shift from the light, popcorn-flick oriented style of the breezy first two films. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is all posttraumatic stress disorder-y after the events in The Avengers, the moody is heavy, Gwyneth Paltrow looks mopier than usual, and a villain with serious hair-in-the-sink issues blows up Stark’s house and home base. So, yeah, depressing. Except it isn’t, according to Marvel Studios produce Kevin Feige and director Shane Black.
So, despite that Iron Man 3’s trailer is clearly, clearly selling a dark and moody third entry into the series (cough, because it worked for The Dark Knight Rises, cough), Marvel Studios honcho Kevin Feige has indicated that the film isn’t serious at all—it’s just exploring more and more of its hero:
“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.”
So it’s not dark, just different and fresh (something Iron Man 2… well, it was different in that it was horrible compared to the first film, but “fresh” isn’t exactly the word I’d use). Chalk this up to overly ambitious marketing, apparently?
Director Shane Black clarified Feige’s statement somewhat:
“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.”
So there you have it—a different and fresh stew, but not a dark one.
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Source: Coming Soon