Wednesday, October 24, 2012

New Trailer for Iron Man 3

Odds are that if you're a comic fan, you've already seen this.  But on the off-chance that some of you are not complete and utter nerds, I'm posting it... because I thought it was awesome.  

Yes.  This is the new trailer for Iron Man 3.

If you are a comic geek, then you already realize that there are almost certainly two very different villains in this movie, the Mandarin and the Iron Patriot.  

The Mandarin, of course, is one of Tony Stark's long time foes, a Chinese wizard possessed of not just one Ring of Power but actually ten.  Mandarin has been around for awhile, and if you ask me, he's kind of a logical villain given that we're now up to the third movie, and he's pretty much the only one of Iron Man's heavyweight villains we haven't seen yet.  That said, it'll be interesting to see how they play him.  Sometimes he's been a straight-up ancient Chinese mystic, sometimes a leader of the Chinese mafia with ancient mystical powers.  Occasionally, though, you see him as kind of quasi-legitimate tool of the Chinese state or business interests, and all things considered, that'd be an interesting angle to take.  Still, Marvel makes a lot of money with its movies in China, so a portrayal that's big-guns American and anti-Chinese is probably not in the cards.  Which I guess leaves the ancient mystic as the most likely portrayal, though that's not necessarily obvious from what we've seen.  Still, all things considered, that's where I'm leaning.

The Iron Patriot is a little more interesting.  In the comics, he's an alter-ego of Norman Osborn, aka the Green Goblin from Spider-Man's rogues gallery.  But here, because we know that Marvel doesn't currently hold the movie rights to Osborn, it's a little less clear who this new Iron Patriot is going to be.  I suppose that my money is on Justin Hammer, this time played by a new actor, but it certainly doesn't have to be him.  And then, too, they've hinted at some of Tony's traditional issues with his tech getting out of his control per the Armor Wars storyline, so it could go something like that as well.

Regardless, the thing we definitely do not see is how these two work together.  And what does any or all of this have to do with Tony Stark's sleeping problems--and, presumably, his paranoia?  

True believers, I have no idea.  I do know, however, that I liked the last couple of movies.  So at this point, I can't wait to find out how're they're gonna stitch this thing together.

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