A week ago photos from the Iron Man 3 set leaked of a star spangled suit of Stark™ armor and naturally comic nerds flipped since it naturally had to be the Iron Patriot, adding to the already long list of villains for the film. Well, Latino Review has a different take on those same leaked photos that places another character in the patriotic robot pants. One that is definitively not a villain.
For the sake of spoilers and the rumors of spoilers, we’ll carry on after the jump.
It’s easy to forget that we are still in the adolescence of comic book movies. Donner’s Superman and Burton’s Batman essentially began the thing, and Singer’s X-Men updated it and showed that a “team” movie could work. Now we’re splendidly fat with superhero movies — some good, some not, but all carefully constructed and lavishly produced because beyond the fantastical and compelling stories that come with these movies, they are also cash cows.
The Avengers is the best example of the precision and forethought involved with comic book movies now. A quintet of prequels building into a spectacle of realized ambition and largess, that while not deep enough for the full dedication of my heart, certainly thrilled me and had me salivating for the next chapter… always the next chapter. For Marvel, that next chapter will be Iron Man 3, which is presently filming with Shane Black behind the camera and Robert Downey Jr., of course, playing Iron Man for, technically, the 5th time.
It is, beyond important for Marvel, with this next batch of sequels, to continue ramping up the action, the heroics, the stakes, and the scope in the wake of The Avengers so that they can continue to ramp up box office numbers. Now, I don’t expect Iron Man 3 to come close to the final tally of The Avengers, but with Marvel increasing the budget on the film, clearly, they expect big things, and that’s why we’ve got, yet again, an influx of villains. See, that was the problem with Iron Man 2, too fat, too many villains with Hammer and Whiplash. The film lacked focus and thusly, it lacked the impact and quality of it’s predecessor.
IM3, which is, apparently very loosely, following Warren Ellis’ Extremis storyline, will feature not one or two villains, but four. Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), Firepower, and if rumors are to be believed, Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and The Iron Patriot. Now, setting aside my mountainous gripe with the multitude of villains, the inclusion of The Iron Patriot is what I really want to talk about. (more…)