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Avengers Leaves Tony Stark Traumatized For Iron Man 3

When Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark returns to the big screen in May with Iron Man 3, he’ll be a character transformed by his encounters with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Marvel’s $1.5 billion blockbuster.

“So much of the journey of Iron Man 3 is informed by Tony’s experiences in The Avengers,” Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige tells MTV. “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 … any time, 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.”

In response to that realization, Tony decides he needs to be in the armor a lot more often, but the timing couldn’t be worse as an attack on his home and armors leaves him with far fewer resources. “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,” Feige said. “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 in a corner with nothing and see how he can get out of it.”

Directed by Shane Black from a script he co-wrote with Drew Pearce, Iron Man 3 also stars returning cast members Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau, joined by newcomers Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale and Ashley Hamilton. The film opens nationwide May 3.


  • Hypestyles

    Ah.  I hope that Tony gets into lots of fights, with or without the armor.  Also I hope there is quite a bit more for War Machine to do here.  I want there to be some villains besides the Mandarin for the duo to fight against.  This should be a globetrotting movie.  Events in the plot should take place in lots of different foreign locations.

  • Markus Negative (RIP Peter)

    Sadly, all I’ve seen so far is that WAR MACHINE isn’t in this one, but the IRON PATRIOT is going to be in the movie. How much screen time the IRON PATRIOT will have has not been told yet (that I know), and it will be interesting to see how they work out the storyline, being that in the comics the guy in the IRON PATRIOT armor is Norman Osborn (aka THE GREEN GOBLIN). The armor looks a LOT like WAR MACHINE only painted in red, white & blue.

  • vangpo

     Iron Patriot IS WarMachine. It says his name on the armour, J. Rhodes.

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  • Billy Leger

    warmachine is the iron patriot