Iron Man 3 China

Marvel is well-known for inserting scenes into their films to surprise audiences, and Iron Man 3 is no different. As always, stay to the end of the credits. What is different about Tony Stark’s latest adventure is that the film’s Chinese release is four minutes longer than in the rest of the world. China helped co-finance the film (though it isn’t an official co-production) and the Chinese footage features cameos by some of the country’s most famous actors. Those four minutes got a lot of fanboy interest when director Shane Black said they featured an “interesting surprise.”

Iron Man 3 premiered in China Wednesday night and details of those scenes have now made it online. Sorry, there are no major revelations like an appearance from villain Fin Fang Foom. The footage is just a bunch of extended scenes that some fans claim are totally extraneous to the plot. Read about them below. Read More »

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During my interview last week with Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and Iron Man 3 director Shane Black, I brought up Patton Oswalt’s awesome ad-libbed Star Wars: Episode VII pitch (a Parks & Recreation outtake) which involved a cross-over event involving Disney’s Marvel superhero and galactic universe.

While many of my colleagues were asking the softball questions like “will Robert Downey Jr come back for a fourth Iron Man” or “where will Marvel go in Phase 3?” I knuckled down with the much more important hardball question: when is Disney going to take Oswalt’s pitch seriously and give us that Marvel/Disney cross-over film? Find out the answer after the jump.

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Shane Black directing Iron Man 3

Shane Black is best known as a screenwriter of many R-rated action comedies released in the 1980s and 1990s. So when Black came face to face with writing a superhero film for kids, how much of a struggle was it to keep Iron Man 3 from an R rating?

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Why ‘Iron Man 3’ is a Christmas Movie

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Going into the junket for Iron Man 3, one of the things I wanted to talk to writer/director Shane Black about is the film’s Christmas setting. Many of the films Black has been involved with have been set during Christmas: Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, The Long Kiss Goodnight and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. Someone beat me to the punch at the press conference, and as it turns out, setting the movie during Christmas wasn’t even Black’s idea.

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After getting out of Iron Man 3 I was inundated with text messages from friends and colleagues asking not only how it was, but more than not how it compared against the first two films. This seems to be the question more and more nowadays. When I saw Monsters University at CinemaCon, people asked how it compared against the original and more than not, how it placed in my ranking of the Pixar filmography. I can’t even tell you which Pixar film is my favorite, never mind asking me to rank them. I understand people want context, thats probably why film grades, rotten tomato and IMDB scores are so massively popular.

I could tell you that Iron Man 3 is a much MUCH better movie than Iron Man 2, but what does that really say? While I don’t think it tops the original, many aspects of this film are better than the first film.

But what does that even really mean? That’s comment without context. For me its hard to compare because, as it turns out, Iron Man 3 is much much different than the first two films in the franchise. After the jump you can watch a spoiler free video blog I recorded with Steve from Collider after a recent screening, along with a few written thoughts.

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The Chinese version of Iron Man 3 will contain new footage that won’t be seen in US theaters; that much we knew. In March Marvel had announced that the Chinese version of the movie would include “significant Chinese elements” and “exclusive footage” created in co-operation with Chinese media company DMG, including a special appearance of China’s top actress, Fan Bingbing.

At the Iron Man 3 junket press conference, director Shane Black was asked what the extra footage entails, and his response is after the break.

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Iron Man Demon in a Bottle

In less than two weeks, we’ll get to find out just what Tony Stark has been up to since the Avengers’ big showdown in New York. The Iron Man 3 trailers have hinted that he’s struggling a bit with the aftermath, and that there are tougher times and meaner villains ahead still. But one enemy he won’t be battling is alcoholism.

Though the “Demon in a Bottle” storyline is one of the most iconic from the Iron Man comics, director Shane Black and writer Drew Pearce say that not only has it not been incorporated into Iron Man 3, it’s unlikely it’ll make its way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe any time in the near future. Find out why after the jump.

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Iron Man 3 screened for press in London last night, and while reviews remain embargoed, Twitter reactions were given the OK by the studio. And so now we’ve got the first slate of responses to Shane Black‘s film featuring Robert Downey, Jr. in his fourth turn as Marvel’s armored hero.

They’re not the most measured group of reactions, and as with any collection of first-blush responses to a big film the first Twitter posts only hint at what we might find in the movie. But if you’re looking for a general “is it good or not?” answer, you might get an idea below. Read More »

Iron Man 3 IMAX poster (header)

By this point, anyone who wants to know the major points of Iron Man 3 probably does, as so many have been teased to audiences. Tony Stark/Iron Man stares into his future in the aftermath of the events of The Avengers and catches a glimpse of his possible end, personified by international terrorist the Mandarin.

Previous trailers have shown quite a lot, but the movie probably still has some big surprises in store. A clip aired during the MTV Movie Awards doesn’t give away too much, as it shows an extended look at a scene already teased in multiple trailers. And a new TV spot does more or less the same thing. If you’re not closing your eyes to all new images from the film before it opens in early May, check out both below. Read More »