By Heath McKnight (doddleNEWS)
Update: Here’s the completed Iron Man 3 presentation/stage, seen going up below. Now THAT’s a Hall of Armors! Click for larger version:
Marvel Studios and Disney released an official piece of Iron Man 3 concept art, featuring Tony Stark with only parts of his new armor on (the Mark VIII?), hinting that the third film could focus on Warren Ellis and Adi Granov’s Extremis storyline (not my favorite, and I saw that as a big-time Iron Man fan). Plus, Marvel is planning on making a big splash at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con and actor Andy Lau drops out of the film.
This artwork is pretty cool, and hints at something different with Iron Man 3. New writer/director Shane Black has said he wants a sort of “Tom Clancy thriller, fighting real-world villains.” This artwork, by Iron Mans 1-3 concept artist Ryan Meinerding, hints at the real-world thriller. Why is he only wearing a couple of pieces of armor, and why is it smoking? Could it be part of the rumored Extremis storyline, where Tony uses a technovirus, which makes him almost a human armor and computer (sort of). Click to make it larger:
Star Robert Downey Jr. recently said this to Entertainment Weekly (via MTV Splash Page), “These things tend to, in Act 3, really become about the same old things.” He continues, “So let’s really flip that. I feel like I don’t know where you go after Iron Man 3. Leave it all on the field, you know?” I’d argue that’s most of the superhero films’ third acts, but it’s how they handle it. Good example: The Avengers’ mega third act fight; bad: Fantastic Four vs Dr. Doom, everyone suddenly saying one-liners…
Also, Marvel is planning to go big, as usual, at the annual San Diego Comic-Con, where the first film blew the roof off the place when it was an unknown quantity, back in 2007. There will be the usual ‘dog and pony show,’ with the cast and crew, plus footage (will it leak out like the first two films?) and even a kids’ costume contest. Here’s the press release on that:
Marvel Studios announced today that they will be hosting an Iron Man 3 Kids’ Costume Event on Saturday, July 14, at 12:30 p.m. at the Marvel booth (#2329), at Comic-Con International in San Diego. The event is open to all children ages 2-14 who come dressed as Iron Man—Marvel’s iconic Super Hero featured in the upcoming Iron Man 3. Anyone looking to participate in the costume event should arrive at the Marvel booth by 12:10 to prepare for the event. A group photo of all the costumed children will be taken on stage and featured on Marvel.com. All participating children will also receive a poster autographed by Robert Downey Jr., who reprises his role of Tony Stark/Iron Man in the fan-favorite franchise.
Finally, Andy Lau has dropped out of Iron Man 3, due to his wife giving birth. No word yet on who is replacement is.