Kevin Feige Expects Sequel Success
Marvel Head Honcho, Top Dog and Big Cheese Kevin Feige has been ramping up the hype ahead of the April release of Iron Man 3, expounding on various aspects of the film, its characters and their future.
"Robert Downey Jr. gave his all to this performance...he left no stone unturned."
On Tony Stark's state of mind in the film:
"So much of the journey of 'Iron Man 3' is informed by Tony's experiences in 'The Avengers. 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 [fashioned] a version of the suit that can latch onto him in individual pieces ... anytime, 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."
"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. 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."
On Ben Kingsley as Stark nemesis The Mandarin:
"The Mandarin is relentless: he's a non-stop threat, and you've seen that in the first teaser trailer when Tony Stark's house tumbles into the sea. He doesn't mess around, this guy."
On director Shane Black's previous involvement in the franchise, Feige had this to say:
"No one has been shy — myself, Robert and Jon Favreau — about how Shane worked in the shadows of the first 'Iron Man' film, helping with certain scenes and helping with tonal things. This film, it's much less the culmination of the previous 'Iron Man' movies in part three: this is 'Iron Man: A Shane Black Film.' That, to me, is by far the most unique thing about this movie."
On whether there is a danger of audiences experiencing 'Marvel fatigue', Feige is optimistic:
"Characters like James Bond and Batman, whose stories go on and on and on — I think Tony is one of those characters. Where we go directly after 'Iron Man 3' ... I'm not looking too far ahead. I'm looking to finish 'Iron Man 3,' getting into 'Avengers 2,' and then seeing where we go from there. But I do think we have more Tony Stark tales to tell, and we'll take it one movie — or maybe two movies — at a time."
Iron Man 3 suits up 26th April.