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Iron Man 3 Trailer: Robert Downey, Jr. Goes to a Familiar Place: Rock Bottom

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | October 23, 2012 | Comments ()


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What can we tell from the first full-length trailer for the Shane Black directed Iron Man 3? The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) look to be the villains, Piper Potts will be kidnapped, Tony Stark will have his confidence shaken, and eventually, he'll hit rock bottom before climbing his way back up, presumably to rescue Piper.

I've watched the trailer three times now, and I think there's something inside of me that's broken because it's not grabbing me the way I feel an Iron Man trailer should grab me.

Here's the generic marketing synopsis, which says less than a political candidate's stump speech:

Marvel's Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

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  • Ben

    I still don't understand Kingsley as Mandarin. That said Marvel really haven't set a foot wrong casting wise yet with the possible exception of Norton/Hulk. So I'm willing to trust em.

    I'm really hoping that Mandarin paves the way for Fin Fang Foom, a giant alien space dragon that Mandarin stole his magic rings from a spaceship of his (Or maybe his ancestors? My memory is a little fuzzy)

  • purplejebus

    Imma tear your little playhouse down!

  • TheEverGuest

    That was just a bad trailer. I almost stopped watching just because of the blink effect between scenes.

  • Tell me Don Cheadle is in this. I love me some Don Cheadle.

    And I'm excited. I like Tony Stark so much better after The Avengers. I'm so in.

  • Natallica

    Is this Iron Man Rises?

  • Zirza

    Screw Pepper, this one has Rebecca Hall in it.

    Having said that, I'm not digging this.

  • Mrcreosote

    Ben Kingsley should be kept far, far away from any movie or franchise that wants to be taken seriously, particularly genre franchises. I know he was pretty decent in Ghandi and he has the potential for really good quirky performances, but let's take a gander at some skeletons in his IMDB closet, shall we?
    Prince of Persia:Sands of Time
    The Love Guru
    Bloodrayne
    Thunderbirds
    What Planet are you From?
    Spooky House
    That's nine miles of bad road. And in at least three of those he plays-The Big Bad! Add to this the mush mouthed lazy ass voice over in this trailer and it sure looks like Sir Ben has phoned in another paycheck. Now this is just a trailer, and I may be completely wrong-it happens fairly often. But my money is on a crappy realization of the Mandarin as a generic "ethnic" bad guy as deep as a puddle and as complex as a preschooler's jigsaw puzzle. The duck one with the little pegs attached to the pieces. Iron Man II had a crappy villain played by an actor who had more than his share of crappy roles (Justin Hammer didn't even count as a villain-that was a shame too). Let's show some love for the bad guys damnit.

  • Mrcreosote

    This is why I love Pajiba. Well this and the pool parties.

  • Samantha Klein

    Um. Piper??

  • JenVegas

    Word. Come on Dustin...PEPPER. I don't even care and I know her name.

  • Kelly Anne Williams

    My main concern in this trailer was definitely for the house.

  • hater from siloam springs

    I will bet you real money the suit gains AI in this film, and that's a subplot which makes the others have real bite.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    Ah, it's good to see Ben Kingsley has dipped back into his big bag of strange and random accents* for this one.

    *For previous examples of the big bag's use, see also Sneakers.

  • jen

    NO!!! Not the house!!!! Jarvis! JARVIS!!! NOOOO!!!!!

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    I'm sure he's got backup somewhere.

    I'm waiting on the hologram version of Jarvis so Bettany can actually score a bit screentime.

  • So Osama bin Bane, huh?

  • MachineGunJeanMaurice

    Yes indeed... I was wondering how they would play up the blatant racism and stereotypical qualities of the Mandarin. It's simple: they made him look like a mullah. Good job, Marvel. No longer offensive to asians, simply a regular bin Laden. Attaboys, way to bait and switch...

  • They can't Avenge him until after he gets the shit beat out of him. you guys.

  • Paris

    It's Guy Pearce, not Guy Pierce!

  • Strand

    Is there a plot reason why he can't just call Thor or The Hulk?

    Surprised it took 3 movies to bring in The Mandarin. He's the big bad in the Iron Man franchise and their villains thus far have just been "dude in a suit." Not sold on him. Ben Kingsley already looks like The Mandarin in half his movies, why did he have to put on the dwarf beard in this?

  • I'll repeat my theory from yesterday: Captain America took an extended leave of absence to go to Vegas to try and lose his virginity. Banner is at an extended Zen Spa somewhere. Stark doesn't want to ruin their vacations?

  • Ozioma

    Pretty much.

    Thor's back in Asgard getting ready for his own movie. Loki said something about Odin using 'dark magic' to even get Thor to Earth the last time. And with no Bifrost Bridge, it doesn't look like Thor can make it. Bruce, IIRC, got on a plane out of the country and is keeping a low profile.

  • TheOtherOne

    How bout Captain America or Black Widow or Arrow or I don't know S.H.E.I.L.D maybe?

  • kilmo

    Ummm, is he having nightmares about paying for the reconstruction of NYC??? Since, he's the only one with a known identity, I'd be scared for my wallet too,

    I really hope this isn't a movie of people with throat cancer. I can't go through the Batman throat grumble or the Bane fiasco again. I figure it's Guy Pearce with that terrible voice over.

    Also, I hope Pepper Potts gets to be a little badass when's she kidnapped. I hate when the girl just waits around to get rescued.

  • Definitely with you on expecting Pepper to not play the damsel in distress. I love what they've done with the character. She's so funny and likable when she's around Tony. Though she did get really screechy in that stupid racing sequence in IM2. Hopefully by now she's over her tendency to scream at scary shit; she's just all "Oh, whatever, I've seen gigantic aliens. I can handle this."

  • Garferty

    That'd be Ben Kingsley on the voice-over.

  • kilmo

    Thanks, it's still a terrible voiceover.

  • Snath

    Actually I'm impressed with the accent. He sounds almost exactly like a native Chinese-speaker speaking English. That's actressin'.

  • I'm more interested in Aldrich Killian's role in the movie than Mandarin, despite the latter carrying the title of "archenemy" with Tony Stark. He (Aldrich) was a part of Warren Ellis' Extremis series (naming it in case any of you either want to read up or avoid anything that may potentially spoil the movie).

  • MDH23

    i think you mean Pepper Potts

  • Snath

    Piper Potts just doesn't make any sense. The pun is the whole point.

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