Kevin Feige Talks IRON MAN 3, Mandarin And Tony Stark's Big Screen Future

Kevin Feige Talks IRON MAN 3, Mandarin And Tony Stark's Big Screen Future

Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige offers some more tidbits on Iron Man 3, revealing why Tony Stark invents the Mark XLVII armor, saying that Robert Downey Jr. "gives his all" in his performance, and confirming that we'll be seeing more of the Armored Avenger in the future.

Speaking with MTV News in the website's preview for the hotly anticipated sequel, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige talks more about Iron Man 3. He confirms that the events of Marvel's The Avengers heavily influences Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in this journey, and he reveals the main reason why he builds the Mark XLVII armor. "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 [designed] 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." However, Stark's latest workshop trip will be short-lived, as his home is suddenly destroyed "just as he's starting to realize he needs to be in the suit at all times and in the safety of his workshop," says Feige. "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."

Additionally, Feige comments on the villainous Mandarin (played by Academy Award winning actor Ben Kingsley) and how the character is explored in the film. "We felt there was leeway to explore the Mandarin in a way that hasn't been explored before. We found we couldn't point to any sort of definitive Mandarin story in the comics — but if you print this, I'm sure a million fans will point to a specific story — so as we've done with many of the films, we did an amalgamation. 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." He also has nothing but good things to say about Downey's performance, as well as the supporting cast and director Shane Black. "Robert Downey Jr. gave his all to this performance. He left no stone unturned," he says. "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."

Finally, Feige is asked if Iron Man 3 will be the last we see of Tony Stark on the big screen. Downey previously stated that the threequel is the last film on his Marvel contract, and whether or not he'll return for future endeavors (such as The Avengers 2) is unknown. However, Feige unsurprisingly confirms that we'll definitely be seeing more Iron Man in the near future. "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." Feige stated in the past that Marvel would be willing to recast the Armored Avenger a la James Bond if and when Downey hangs up the suit. After the success of The Avengers, I would personally be very surprised if Iron Man is recast anytime soon. What do you think?

Iron Man 3 stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Sir Ben Kingsley. The film is set to hit theaters May 3rd this year.

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Happy11 - 1/21/2013, 7:22 AM
Looking forward to it because it couldn't be any worse than IM2 but honestly I can't wait
Top most anticipated 2013 CBMs in no order

Man of Steel
Iron man 3
Thor 2
Kick Ass 2
Talontd - 1/21/2013, 7:35 AM
Thanks for the article! It's all gonna depend on how much Downey asks for when the next cameo/film opportunity comes around...they'll pay him, but they won't go too high...
blvdnoise - 1/21/2013, 7:37 AM
PaulRom - 1/21/2013, 7:39 AM
I'd be very surprised if RDJ quits anytime soon. He was paid a lot of $$ for Avengers (much more than any of the other cast members), plus he's clearly having a great time with the character. Not to mention that he's arguably the most well-known face of the MCU.
marvelstudios - 1/21/2013, 7:40 AM
OMG I cannot wait for this movie. Long live the MCU.
RadicalDuck - 1/21/2013, 7:44 AM
Great article! I'm looking forward to this movie the most this year- I've always been more of an Iron Man fan than Thor, but I must admit that the Man of Steel has me intrigued.

However, I really hope RDJ stays for a bit longer. He is fantastic as Iron Man. Disney/Marvel are sure to throw money at him to make him stay, and it would be weird for someone else stepping into his place in Avengers 2. One things for sure - RDJ will be a hard act to follow!
shamo - 1/21/2013, 7:48 AM
so... just rehashing old concepts eh?

i guess Nolans the only guy that can do a proper superhero trilogy then.
Kayo - 1/21/2013, 7:49 AM
this movie is going to be awesome............can't wait
GodzillaKart - 1/21/2013, 7:50 AM
Sounds fantastic.
GodzillaKart - 1/21/2013, 7:53 AM
Given that BB is an overrated, mediocre crapfest, and given that TDKR was a bore, it really looks like the IM series is going to hold the "Best CBM Trilogy" award for years to come.
ATrueHero1987 - 1/21/2013, 7:55 AM
I would be surprised if he didn't return as Tony Stark after IM3. He really loves the character and plus didn't he get paid $50 million for The Avengers?!

MrReese - 1/21/2013, 7:57 AM
How can u recast RDJ? You can bet ur ass "new" Tony won't be as charismatic or as funny as Downey. That man embodies Tony Stark as does Thor & Loki.Imagine if they were ever to be replaced. o.O
Opt1mu5Pr1m4l - 1/21/2013, 7:59 AM
Robert Downey Junior is Tony Stark. He owns that character. I'd be surprised if he hangs up his suite after Avengers 2.
Jaspion - 1/21/2013, 8:01 AM
I don't think Nolan can make a good superhero trilogy, TDKR ruins it. So Iron Man might be the best trilogy.
Jaspion - 1/21/2013, 8:02 AM
I think RDJ will go at least until Avengers 3.
shamo - 1/21/2013, 8:07 AM
well, we're all entitled to our own opinions. but all 3 movies were critically acclaimed. so the general concesus would certainlly agree that Nolans batman is easily the best CBM trilogy to date.
datNAMEtho - 1/21/2013, 8:07 AM
I'm sure RDJ will return for Avengers2 and also Avengers3. Maybe it's time for other Marvel superheroes to take over for the solo films. Maybe Iron Man 4 between A2 and A3 and let A3 be RDJ's latest Tony Stark.

Which, cameo's not counted, gives him on six!!! That's quite a lot!

I think they can recast him just as Bond and Batman, but if they do that.. they have to watch the age.

I'm looking forward to Iron Man3 A LOT, i think they take it into a very good direction. But there's one thing (other than that this was unfortunately shot on digital, which isn't always a bad thing but when the photography isn't top notch it looks like a video which it does...) is that we never got the feeling that the Chitauri and Loki where an actual thread to Tony and the rest of the team.
It's just hard to switch to "accept it all and enjoy the movie" kind of thing to "we want you to feel his emotions and how that affects him" kind of thing...
datNAMEtho - 1/21/2013, 8:07 AM
Seven, whoops!
NYCgeekDad - 1/21/2013, 8:08 AM
I doubt he will be recast. I think RDJ took less money for the avengers upfront, but instead took a backend deal with made him and ungodly amount or money. If they just offer him a nice back loaded deal I'm sure he'll be Stark until he's too old, in which case it would make sense to hand over the reigns.
shamo - 1/21/2013, 8:09 AM
i personally think RDJ should stay Tony Stark in the Avengers but i dont wanna see anymore Ironman movies. he has no villains and their already trying to recreate the 1st movie.
ATrueHero1987 - 1/21/2013, 8:09 AM
I like how Nolan's name was brought up and he has NOTHING to do with this article.smh
AC1 - 1/21/2013, 8:11 AM
After Iron Man 3 Tony could become a full time Avenger/SHIELD liason, meaning no need for more solo movies - clearing up the schedule for the next phase to introduce more heroes, ensuring Iron Man doesn't become stale, and still giving everyone their Tony Stark fix in each Avengers film. Iron Man is a unique character in that RDJ can get older and older and the character can still work on screen as, in his armor, he can work as a CGI creation. Iron Man is the only Avenger who's age isn't much of a concern, within reason.
FilmDork1221 - 1/21/2013, 8:11 AM
As long as Mandarin and Iron Man survive IM3 I'll be happy... Tony Stark needs his own arch-nemesis!
JatevinM - 1/21/2013, 8:14 AM
Considering this man is Tony Stark brought to life I highly doubt we see him quit anytime soon. He loves he character and he loves being around the people that he works with so I doubt he gives that up.
Darkknight23 - 1/21/2013, 8:15 AM
Lmao @ the batman and iron man comparisons.
TheFascinatingMan - 1/21/2013, 8:15 AM
Um... @Shamo

"Just rehashing old concepts"

What was it exactly Nolan did with TDKR?
Darkknight23 - 1/21/2013, 8:16 AM
Hope IM3 makes up for IM2
GodzillaKart - 1/21/2013, 8:16 AM
@Shamo: Nah. BB got mixed reviews. Only TDK was great, and that was due primarily to Ledger's fantastic performance.
FrenzyFreak - 1/21/2013, 8:16 AM
Lol LoyalFan for the winnn.
shamo - 1/21/2013, 8:19 AM
@Godzilla: Nah, BB got great reviews. an 85% at RT, higher then all of Marvel Studios movies with the exception of Iron Man and Avengers.
FrenzyFreak - 1/21/2013, 8:21 AM
@Nomis1800 It's false when you say they weren't a threat to The Avengers. Black Widow, Hawkeye, Iron Man, and Cap all had near death experiences during the invasion, and even ignoring that they probably all have some time of guilt or emotional problems after letting thousands of innocents get murdered by the Chitauri. That's an important part that most people forget, that no matter what you want to say about the movie, we all know that the streets of Manhatten were filled with severed bodies and pools of blood all over the place, even if we didn't see that (that'd be insanely shocking if they did show that though).
GodzillaKart - 1/21/2013, 8:23 AM
To quote Rex Reed of The New York Observer "Batman Begins is for morons". Couldn't agree more. It's a mediocre movie with a silly script. A few great performances to be sure. But add Bale's horrible miscasting on top of all the other problems, and you have a movie that just does not hold up. Totally unwatchable film.
thalidomide - 1/21/2013, 8:27 AM
Nolan's cult followers are unbelievavle lmao!!
ironspider12 - 1/21/2013, 8:27 AM
shamo go suck nolans cock
shamo - 1/21/2013, 8:33 AM
as i said, to each his own. if you didn't like it thats fine. i'm not coming here to push the critics opinons on u or turn this into a Nolan thread just simply saying. we've seen what?... 5 CBM trilogies now?

X-men, Blade, Spiderman, Superman and Nolan's Batman. TDKR is the only one of them to deliver (generally speaking) and not fumble on the 3rd film.

i personally, dont want to see Ironman do the same. so you'll to excuse me when i show dismay at hearing Feige say that they're thematically backpedalling as opposed to progressing. which is something we've seen is possible in a CBM trilogy.

GodzillaKart - 1/21/2013, 8:35 AM
@Monkeyballs3: I agree that GL is unwatchable as well. There is about 20 minutes in the middle of BB that is OK, but I really think that movie sucks. Bale is miscast, Nolan has no idea how to make the audience care about the characters, Nolan can't film a good fight scene, the League of Shadows is downright silly, the last third of the movie is a bore, the dialogue is dumb, the character of Batman is written to have what appears to be a slightly lower than average IQ, there are more plot holes than you can shake a stick at.

Literally EVERY Marvel movie, many of which I think are just OK, EVERY Marvel movie is better than BB.

I swear, when talking movies, the surest sign that someone you're talking to is dumb, is if they refer to Nolan's movies as "smart".

And yes, I'm a little grumpy this morning.
ATrueHero1987 - 1/21/2013, 8:36 AM
@Shamo Yes, I like the Nolan trilogy(though I liked the first 2 better than the 3rd but good none the less) but Nolan has NOTHING to do with this article. All you accomplished was starting shit on here. So yea, you did kinda of turned this into a Nolan thread.
GodzillaKart - 1/21/2013, 8:39 AM
@Shamo: You are right about one thing, Nolan fumbled on the first film, did great on the second (although Bale still sucked as Batman and the overall theme was silly) and finished on a decent, if boring, note.

I will say this: Although Nolan's films are usually pretty silly and emotionally vacant, he does pick some good actors.
Marqy - 1/21/2013, 8:41 AM
Wow ... cant believe its almost february ... only 3 months and some days until IM3 ... This movie will eat 2013
Maximus101 - 1/21/2013, 8:41 AM
Godzilla is being the marvelite troll he is today is he lol while you may not have liked Nolan's batman movie it's obvious that it is the best cbm trilogy to date actual movies critics and none biased movie fans would agree to that and even if iron man 3 turns out to be as good as the first it still won't beat the dark knight trilogy mainly because of iron man 2. I love iron man he is my favorite hero in the marvel universe and iron man 1 is one of my all time favorite movies but come on let's be realistic.
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