Will Iron Man 3 have an end-credit scene, and what’s the Extremis Virus going to be like?


If there’s anything that the Marvel Universe movies have taught us, it’s that patience is a virtue when dealing with end credits. Fans who are patient enough to wait until after or during the end credits are treated with a surprise. For example in the first Iron Man movie, Nick Fury makes an appearance to talk about the Avengers Initiative.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige talks about whether we’ll be seeing an end-credit scene for Iron Man 3.

“It’s sort of case-by-case. I mean, I don’t want to be in that theater when even two people stay behind and nothing happens. I like that we’ve trained at least some people to stay behind and get a little reward. But it serves a different purpose. It was part of the “Hey, surprise, look. These are all connected. We’re building toward something here.” [Like the] shawarma [joke], which everybody knows was an idea that we came up with much, much later and shot after the premiere, just because we thought it would be fun. So it’s a little faster and looser now because people know, and frankly the whole purpose of Iron Man 3 is to say these characters can exist successfully on their own again. But, as I said, I don’t want to be there when nothing happens.”

It seems like he’s already saying that end-credit scenes in a Marvel movie is already a given.


The comic book movie world is getting crowded with ways to make a person stronger. We have the Super Soldier serum that enhances a person’s strength, agility and more in Captain America and The Incredible Hulk. Now we have the Extremis Virus in Iron Man 3. Shane Black discusses how his Extremis Virus will differ from the comic book written Warren Ellis.

“In the Extremis comic book, there’s a type of thing that takes over and basically upgrades DNA. Sometimes you die. But if you live through the experience then you come out this changed thing. But the way they do it is the guy that does it is not some man chosen to be the super soldier -he’s just a militia guy. There’s an element of realism to it as well. So what we’ve tried to do is take this very science-fictiony concept of super people, and ground it in the type of people who volunteer for this being not necessarily super villains, but just people who upgrade. I love the idea of a super villain that doesn’t wear a cape, that doesn’t wear a super suit. That goes around dressed as you are right now. As for the science of it, once again we’ve gone back to the comic books, and I think pretty much lifted the Maya Hensen idea, that she met [Tony] long ago and had the germ of an idea, which now has come to fruition full circle, but she’s afraid because it’s gotten out there. And we go from there. I think you’ll be interested in the effect that we generate to demonstrate what Extremis does to a human being. It’s a pretty interesting special effect. But we’ve deliberately stayed away from defining, ‘Oh it’s nanites.’ What we do keep from the comic is the idea that there’s a slot in the brain that seems to have been dormant, but exists in human beings, almost as though it’s waiting for human beings to find a way to fill it.It’s been there forever.”

Iron Man 3 hits theaters on May 3, 2013.

Source: Fandango, SFX Magazine

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