Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige sure loves to go into detail about the movies he’s working on. In this case it’s Iron Man 3. He talks about how the movie will revolve around Tony, Pepper, and the suits. It’s pretty lengthy, so if you’re worried about ruining the experience, please turn off the monitor and take a breather outside. And if you don’t care, keep on reading.
“The love triangle in this movie is really between Tony, Pepper and the suits. Tony, Pepper and his obsession with those suits, and the obsession with technology. And, it’s sort of unique for a big superhero summer blockbuster franchise to have that kind of layers. Yes, there’s a bad guy. Yes, the stakes are very, very high–the President of the United States is in danger. Air Force One is attacked. There are big stakes to this movie. But the real stakes are, is Tony going to be able to set aside the obsession to spend all day, every day in that workshop, tinkering with the suits in order to focus on, as he says in the trailer, the one thing that matters most – Pepper. And that actually is what the entire movie’s about.”
This should be really interesting, since in previous Iron Man films, the love story played second fiddle to the villains, action scenes, and banter.
“In this movie we play with the convention of the damsel in distress. We are bored by the damsel in distress. But, sometimes we need our hero to be desperate enough in fighting for something other than just his own life. So, there is fun to be had with “Is Pepper in danger or is Pepper the savior?” over the course of this movie. In terms of where we go with future movies, we’ll see. In the comic books she does get a taste for the suit and becomes her own hero named Rescue, who doesn’t necessarily battle other people, but is on missions to help people and to save people. Will we do that down the line with Gwyneth Paltrow? Who knows. But her being in the suit is something we have been playing with since Iron Man 2, where we did some designs and it didn’t end up fitting in that movie. But the little taste you saw here [in a clip] is something that we’re certainly interested in.”
One of the things we love to talk about on the site are female roles in movies and video games (you know, females almost always getting the helpless roles). I’m okay with these plot points, since the main characters will have something to fight for. They don’t have to be helpless, but they do need to be in some form of danger that only the hero or heroine can save them from.
Feige then reveals more details about the little boy that Tony Stark meets in the middle of Tennessee.
“Here [Tony] is in the middle of Tennessee with his hat pulled low, and he’s trying to do this investigation. And there’s this very sweet and funny relationship that he begins with this little boy. He is quite the smart-aleck with the little boy, oh yes. The boy is shocked at first, and then slowly begins to sort of give as good as he gets from Tony. We auditioned lots and lots of kids, and Tyson came in and was just a real kid. He could barely keep a straight face looking at Robert. He bonded with Robert completely, and we decided, you know what, this is the kid to cast.”
I’m usually iffy when it comes to child actors in movies, but let’s hope the kid’s got some acting chops. We’ve had many hero movies where a youngster plays an important role to the story. One example is Dick Tracy. Somehow this helps kids who are watching these movies to have someone they can relate to. When I was a kid, I would always prefer adult heroes compared to kid heroes.
Feige talks about the kid again and says that the kid is one of the surprising new things about the movie.
“I called Robert. I said, “I think he’s the best kid. I’m going to cast him.” He said, “Let me call him”…And when he came out of school, his cell phone rang and it was Robert Downey, Jr. calling saying, you’re going to be in Iron Man 3. And so it continued like that for the rest of the production. It was really great and they formed a nice bond. And it is a fun bond. Tony does not treat him like a kid…he doesn’t, you know, pat him on the head and treat him like a little boy necessarily. Which, I think little boys like when adults don’t treat them like that. So, we’ve screened it for a few audiences just in a normal test screening, and this relationship is ranked as one of the most surprising, unique and new things about the movie.”
Many fans are worried that the movie is going to be more serious, and that Tony Stark is going to be too depressing. Kevin Feige assures the fans that the movie will have a lighter tone compared to what we’ve seen in the trailer,
“In terms of the marketing of this movie, if you go back and look at the marketing of Avengers, it promises a much darker movie than the movie actually is. The movie is much more fun than the trailer would show. Same thing with this. This trailer is–he’s being blown apart, his life is at stake, how will he get out of it? The movie is much, much more fun than that, but that’s what gets people into the audience.”