Adi Granov

I don’t know how he’s been doing it, but Guy Pearce has been on a roll lately. Lockout, Lawless, and Prometheus, he’s been in – or is going to be in – some of the most stylish films of the last few years. So when it was announced the Guy would be part of the Shane Black directed Iron Man 3 the world heaved a collective, “Okay, that’s cool”.

Crappy part of it all is that his role as Aldrich Killian, one of the main antagonists, is only be a cameo. Sucks, we know, but he spilled the beans about his minimal role himself in an interview with Vulture. Comparing his role in Iron Man 3 to that of Peter Weyland in Prometheus Pearce said:

“The main difference was that, when I did The Time Machine, I was pretty much in all of it, so it was a really grueling experience… Prometheus and Iron Man are really kind of cameo stuff, so the experience of shooting them … I mean, on some level, it’s tricky because you feel like a bit of an outsider. You don’t really live the experience that you do when you’re there all day every day with everybody. But at the same time, it can be more fun sometimes because you’re just working in concentrated spurts.”

Yeah, he brought up The Time Machine (made us throw up a little bit too), but it’s easy to see why his role will be so short.

Spoiler Alert

According to the original comic series, Killian was created in 2005 by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov. Aldrich Killian is the creator of the Extremis virus alongside Maya Hansen. Killian then stole a sample of the virus to sell to domestic terrorists, but was unable to cope with he did. He later confesses for his crime by leaving a note and shoots himself.

Not sure if they go the same route in the feature film, but he’s still going to kick the bucket in some way. Iron Man 3 hits theaters May 3rd, 2013.

Special thanks to IGN.

COMICS REWIND: ‘Iron Man: Extremis’

(Welcome to Comics Rewind, a weekly column devoted to discovering – or re-discovering – great comics published some time in the past. Here you will find looks back at comics published in every era, from the Golden Age to the Modern Age, as well as retrospectives on the work of important comics writers, lists of “essential” comics, and evaluations of important works, as well as works worthy of a second look or a wider audience. Enjoy!)

If you follow superhero movie news at all, you’ve no doubt heard the title Iron Man: Extremis thrown around in the last few weeks in reference to Marvel’s forthcoming third Iron Man flick. The plot seems to be shaping up to bear a great similarity to the comic that Warren Ellis and Adi Granov launched Iron Man Volume 4 with for Marvel, and though we don’t yet know just how expansive the adaptation will be, we do know that the concept at the heart of Extremis is exceptionally intriguing. My interest in Extremis pre-dates the Iron Man 3 news because, as faithful readers (all seven of you) will note, I have an unhealthy obsession with Ellis’ work. But now that this movie is taking shape around this comic, it seems appropriate to look back at Extremis itself, and note that not only is it one of the best Iron Man stories ever told, but that it’s already left its mark on the movies.