After The Avengers stormed the box office last summer, how could Marvel raise the bar with a standalone superhero movie? Simple, make Iron Man 3 as badass as possible. A second full trailer has been released, with a vague look at the story and a few big money shots. Check it out after the jump.
Movie trailers always worry me. When a new one comes out, I don’t want to be spoiled, but I’d like to get a reading on the tone and story before I see it in theaters. The first trailer for Iron Man 3 worked very well. It gave the briefest overview and kept all of the bigger action scenes at bay.
But this second trailer goes a bit far. I wouldn’t say it ruins many moments, but enough to make you a little disappointed in yourself for watching it. If you’re looking for something visually fun to get you in the mood to see Iron Man 3, this trailer is for you. For those of you who like to stay as fresh as possible, you might want to avoid going any further.
As a refresher, here’s the official plot synopsis of Iron Man 3:
Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Generally, I still like the feel of this movie. Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce are kept in the shadows still. We are told The Mandarin (Kingsley) is the villain. There are a lot of cool scenes in the trailer, especially when Tony is able to use his Jedi mind powers to summon his armor – something I wish they left out. I can understand why they chose to show it, it’s a unique feature of this movie that differentiates it from what we’ve seen thus far. And Marvel Studios needs its audience to see these sorts of scenes to heighten anticipation.
My biggest gripe is showcasing the Iron Man army and the Hulkbuster armor. It’s just like when they revealed the suitcase armor in the Iron Man 2 trailer. Sure the studios want to give a taste of some of the big scenes, but it would have been better to experience them in theaters without knowing it would happen. The same thing with the armor summoning power Tony has gained.
It’s sort of nice that they have kept most of the plot a secret; Marvel hasn’t really given us an in-depth look at why all of this chaos is happening. What we can tell is that The Mandarin wants Tony gone. But for what reason? I’m surprised they haven’t revealed who Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall are or what the Extremis project is. Does the studio think that would confuse and overwhelm movie goers?
Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black, will be released in theaters May 3 in 2D, 3D, Real D 3D, and IMAX 3D.