Tomorrow will see the release of the first real trailer for next summer’s Iron Man 3 (will they change the title?), and to whet appetites, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has released some cool new images, including the first of Sir Ben Kingsley as the big bad, the Mandarin, and provided some spoilerific commentary.
In the comics, the Mandarin has always been a Chinese character — he dates from the 1960s — but the movie’s casting suggests that the character will be reimagined. (I leave it to others to fight out the politics of not casting a Chinese actor in the role.)
Here’s what Feige told USA Today about how the photos relate to the plot of the movie:
“[Tony Stark] basically loses all of his toys and is forced to just use his mind to rebuild and to face his biggest enemy. He’s ultimately the engineering superhero. He’s so charming and so flamboyant that sometimes you forget that’s what he is: ‘Hey, kids, learn this stuff and you can maybe build an Iron Man suit.’
“The goal with Iron Man 3 is to again prove that all of our single heroes are as interesting alone as they are when they’re all together in an Avengers movie.
“Seven Iron Man suits in total have been seen in two Iron Man movies and The Avengers, but the all-new one in Iron Man 3 represents the most advanced version yet — particularly in how Tony Stark suits up. In the first movie, Tony had to stand in a gantry for 5 to 10 minutes to get fully armored. He had a lightweight “suitcase” suit for the second film, and in The Avengers, a big coffin-sized case could fly out after him in midair and encase him in his high-tech armor. “Now we see he’s invented a technology that allows him to basically have the suit arrive to him anywhere at any time, piece by piece. And it doesn’t always work at first.”
Iron Man 3 kicks off the summer of 2013 when it opens on May 3.