Although much of Marvel‘s success at the box office can be credited with their attention to detail concerning translating their characters and stories from comic book pages to the big screen, there’s an integral and much acclaimed Iron Man storyline that Marvel won’t be taking to the movies.
“Demon in a Bottle,” a storyline from the late 70s, focused on Tony Stark’s struggle with alcoholism and the personal destruction it causes. Tony faces his own demons and drags himself back to health and sanity in a long hard road. Word is that this iconic Iron man story is off limits when it comes to the big screen.
Disney and Marvel think it’s a little too dark and in an interview with Comic Book Movie, Iron Man 3 director Shane Black, when asked if there was any Iron Man storyline Marvel drew the line at, said:
“The drinking. Even if you look at the websites of the mommy bloggers they say, you know, ‘Watch out, mom’s! Tony drinks in this movie!’ It’s amazing. There’s one or two scenes in this movie where he picks up a drink and it’ll be in those blogs…
I think we were just told by the studio that we should probably paint Tony Stark as being kind of an industrialist and a crazy guy, or even a bad guy at some points, but the Demon in a Bottle stuff of him being an alcoholic wouldn’t really fly. I don’t blame that.”
It’s understandable, Disney and Marvel want these movies to appeal to as wide an audience as possible and alcoholism is a dark and troubling subject to tackle in a superhero movie that tends toward light-hearted comedy and plenty of super hero action.
I’d love to see the Demon in a Bottle storyline done. Robert Downey Jr‘s own trouble’s with addiction and his success in containing those personal demons would be gripping to see on the big screen, but would any parent want younger children to see it? What do you think?