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The latest issue of Empire magazine is all Iron Man 3. We saw those awesome covers yesterday, but what’s inside is even better, and like all of Empire’s exclusives most of the juicy bits are already online. First off, Iron Man 3 is Robert Downey Jr.‘s last contractually obligated Iron Man movie. I’m sure Marvel will be rectifying that as soon as possible, the idea of recasting Tony Stark with anyone else is unimaginable! But still, facts are facts and as of now RDJ won’t be coming back unless he wants to. So, does he want to?

Let’s just say that the only thing I ever let go of had claw marks in it. There’s a little bit of soul reclamation going on. I feel that the first time I played Tony, I did it best. Sorry! The affinity with Tony now is: how do you sustain something? I’m not stupid, I like to play ball, I love the company, I love the character, and the business side of things, I’m not to picky about that either.

Okay, not a yes, but not a solid no either. RDJ adds Iron Man 3 isn’t exactly the last we’ll see of him, saying, “Tony’s going to carry on. Avengers 2 already has a release date!” But what if that’s it for the love affair of RDJ and his not-all-that-alter ego, Tony Stark? What does he think of them recasting the role?

It would probably be the best thing in the world for me. You know, ego…but sometimes ego just has to be smashed. Let’s see what happens. I take the audience very seriously – I feel bad when I see folks doing movies and the audience is like, ‘Don’t do that anymore.’ I don’t have to overstay my welcome…

I don’t think anyone’s tiring of RDJ’s Tony Stark. Honestly, in my mind I can barely separate the two, can you? But, I’d understand if he doesn’t want to play the role forever. I mean, I wouldn’t be happy, but I’d understand.

If you’re looking for more, hit the jump ’cause Empire also got to screen 15 minutes of Iron Man 3 and we’ve got what they had to say below!

Before we dive into the spoilers, here’s a few scans from the magazine featuring RDJ, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and Guy Pearce.

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And, is that Tony wearing an A.I.M. t-shirt? Hmm…

Anyway, to the 15 minute clip Empire had the privilege to screen, here’s their comments,

The scene ends with Stark, bloodied and dazed, flying away not entirely in control of his malfunctioning prototype. He lands hundreds of miles away in a snowy field, where, out of power, he can’t get in touch with Pepper. Or Rhodey. Or The Avengers, neatly sidestepping that question. 

Breaking into a deserted-looking garage, the tone then zigzags again as Tony is startled by a ten year-old kid, Harley (Ty Simpkins) sparking what [Drew] Pearce calls the film’s “sci-fi Capra” phase. “We loved the idea of doing something classically Spielbergian – a kid finds a superhero in a shed. Their relationship is not something you would traditionally see in Spielberg, though; it’s bawdier, more fractious.” 

Extremis is a scientific program invented by Hansen and abused by the Mandarin and his right-hand man, Guy Pearce’s slimy Aldrich Killian. It rewrites the operating system of the body, upgrading strength, speed and durability to the very zenith of human possibility. 

“We’re calling it a biological reality and there’s a science behind it that allows people to glow and rip apart Iron Man suits,” says Feige. “Frankly, Shane was not interested, and we were not interested, in having another armoured character and another armoured character fight. We’ve done that twice before.”

Nice Avengers shout-out, by the way. And I’m guessing this scene comes after Tony gets his ass kicked by the Mandarin, or more likely Pearce’s Aldrich Killian now suped-up by the nano-tech or whatever Extremis is. And how cool is it to see science affecting people’s biology rather building more and more armored suits? Sounds awesome, that’s for sure. I already think I’ll enjoy this premise way more than Iron Man 2. What do you guys think?

Make sure you pick up a copy of Empire to get your fill of all the Iron Man 3 goodness!

Sources: Geek Tyrant (2), Coming Soon

Category: Comics, Film

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