Marvel's Kevin Feige Says 'Iron Man 3' is Not Just a 'Serious Movie'
After that first trailer for Iron Man 3 debuted last month, fans noticed the obvious lack of humor and sarcasm that we've come to expect from Robert Downey Jr. and his perfect take on Tony Stark. However, it sounds like Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige wants to make sure everyone knows that they're not going straight-up serious for the sequel from director Shane Black. After all, the man behind the dark comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang has to bring at least some laughs right? In a recent interview with The West Australian (via ComingSoon), Feige says, "It's not a serious movie, but we seriously dig into exploring more of Tony."
It's important to note that the serious nature of the first Iron Man 3 trailer shouldn't really indicate that the entire film will be serious, but the stakes are high and Tony has been shaken after the events in New York City from The Avengers. Feige explains that they're not aiming for making a movie that can be defined as simply serious, "The trick is just trying to make great movies. We try to make them all great, all different and all fresh. What you'll see in Iron Man 3 is some very unique directions that were taken." And that's exactly why someone like Shane Black has been brought in to direct this time.
In fact, Black had his own thoughts on the approach he and Marvel have taken with Iron Man 3:
"We're not aiming for bigger, necessarily. We're aiming for different and fresh and new. It's all about capturing that lightning-in-a-bottle feel, about trying to get as much into this as we can. We're looking to get a ton of thrills into a short space, to make a nice little stew for you."
Hopefully they're not throwing too much into the film, something that afflicted Iron Man 2 as the balance between an Iron Man movie and a set-up for The Avengers with Nick Fury and Black Widow didn't work out very well. Considering the big cast and what we've heard about characters being included from the comic books, the sequel sounds like it could be bloated. However, Feige explained to Empire (via Collider):
'Iron Man 3' doesn’t feature any of the other Avengers, or Nick Fury showing up, or any of those world-blending conceits that the Phase One films had. You have to keep in mind that 'Iron Man 3' had been in the works for almost a year, year and a half before 'The Avengers' was released. We’re sticking to the vision for these films, and showing once again that these characters are just as interesting alone as they are together.
Sad news for fans hoping to see Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) show up to pal around in the lab with Tony Stark, but either way, that first trailer certainly got us more than excited and we don't need the other Avengers to sweeten the deal. And if you need anymore convincing, Downey threw in his two cents, "You can dissect why [The Avengers] was the right movie with the right people and the right director at the time. But we feel the same way about Iron Man 3 now." Now we just have to wait until summer 2013 to see how it all works out.