April 4, 2012

IRON MAN 3: Rumors And Possible Villains

With Avengers on it's way next month and Iron Man 3 starting up it's production around the same time I figured I'd go over what we should expect from the third installment. We know that Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle (War Machine), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts) and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) are returning for the sequel but heroes like Thor, Hulk and Cap will be on the sidelines. There is also speculation from recent comments by Kevin Feige that S.H.I.E.L.D. won't have a major role in the film either. Even though Black Widow has been confirmed to be involved in someway.

"So the story that Shane is developing now on "Iron Man 3," while it does not avoid any references to "The Avengers," is very much Tony is back in his world with his players dealing with his issues and is not going to pick up the phone and call Thor or Captain America or anything like that, necessarily. It's not that won't happen down the line. It could. But particularly with "Iron Man 3," year after "The Avengers," it's more about getting Tony back into his world."

Action comedy veteran Shane Black (Lethal Weapon, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is directing along with co-writing the script with Drew Pearce (Runaways). Black is known for large action set pieces matched with strong witty dialog so it's expected that Iron Man 3 could have more action than we've seen previously. Not to mention hopefully bringing back the humor and down to earth moments that made the original film so popular. One of the biggest flaws of the second film is that the set designs seemed to take over the story and lacked any real global threat. The film will be centered on Tony Stark as the hero in a Tom Clancy type story, think Patriot Games and The Hunt For Red Red October.

CASTING AND PLOT RUMORS: Story rumors have recently been leaked but have yet to be confirmed. Usually these type of reports are on the money or at least have some truth to them. LatinoReview revealed a couple of a plot rumors and I've also added some of the older ones as well.

-The story may revolve around nanobot technology that can turn regular men into supervillains and Tony Stark into more than just a man in a suit.

-The nanobot idea is supposed to appear in The Avengers, since there is a link between the nanobot technology and the super-soldier serum that turned Steve Rogers into Captain America.

- It was suggested that there will be multiple villains, but no word on which characters might make an appearance.

- Speculation has lead to a rumor that Namor the Sub-Mariner could either be a villain or supporting hero.

- Marvel writer Bob Layton who created War Machine and the villain Ghost would love to see the latter character included in the sequel. Stating last year he was going to speak with Shane Black about including him. 

- Michelle Monahan (MI3, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Source Code) has stated in an interview for Source Code she would love a role in Iron Man 3 and a chance to work with with director Shane Black Again. 

- British actress Emily Blunt had been reported to be wanted by Marvel for a villain role in the third film. She mentioned during an interview for Adjustment Bureau that she'd only do a Marvel film if the role was a one-off. Not interested in a multiple film contact that actors like Scarlett Johansson and Sam Jackson have signed. Blunt had originally been set for the Black Widow role before exiting to focus on another project. When Marvel was casting the role of Peggy Carter in Captain America Blunt teased but would loose the part to Hayley Atwell. It seems like a role like Madame Masque would be perfect for Blunt. 


THE MANDARIN: While The Mandarin has been in Jon Favreau's to-do list since Iron Man, teasing popular villain with naming the terrorist group The Ten Rings. A que to the fact Mandarin wears ten power rings as his main weapons. There have been a few statements from writer/director Shane Black crushing the idea of his involvement because of the negative trend of using Asian stereotypical villains. The Fu-Manchu villain type archetype is now considered a racist caricature so I wouldn't hold my breathe that the Mandarin makes the film. That said, if he's involved somehow with The Ten Rings it could work.

WHITNEY FROST/MADAME MASQUE: Whitney Frost has been an enemy and lover of Tony Stark in the comics, so her inclusion would be interesting and complex to say the least. One minute trying to kill him the other to kiss him. If included Frost would be the first female villain in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She's worked for Stark Industries, The Masters of Evil and even the Avengers so it could be fun to see a character play both sides.

GHOST: This corporate espionage thief has been a fan favorite since his addition to the Ultimate universe and joining the Thunderbolts. Ghost's co-creator Bob Layton wants to see Ghost as a villain in the film and has met with Shane Black to discuss it. If one villain is created by nanobots it's likely he's going to be one of them. Since it's his suit that gives him power move threw walls it would be interesting to see the nanobots create similar abilities.

TEN RINGS: The terrorist organization that originally kidnapped Tony Stark which wounded him leading Stark to build the Iron Man suit to escape his captors. They popped up in Russia during Iron Man 2 putting together the papers for Vanko to get his revenge on Tony in France. I feel like the Ten Rings are the most likely to be the villains when considering a Tom Clancy-like Iron Man film. That doesn't mean that they'll be the only villains involved since they likely have investors, arms suppliers (A.I.M.?) and allies.

NAMOR: He is the first mutant created in Marvel comics and far superior to DC's Aquaman. The Sub-Mariner had been rumored for Captain America as a supporting hero and was teased by Jon Faverau in Iron Man 2 in an Easter Egg. Rumblings that a large water tank being built for the film has lead to new rumors that Namor could be involved in someway. At one put he was a villain so it's possible he could end up exchanging blows with Stark. A Namor film has been in development for years and his inclusion in Iron Man 3 could grow interest in the film to be finally made.

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