After the Iron Man trailer hit, a floodgate of set visits and roundtable interviews was let loose. A lot of sites are breaking the quotes up and throwing 5 or 10 articles up, but we’re just going to hit you with some of the best stuff. Collider had a transcript of a roundtable with director Shane Black and Marvel mastermind Kevin Feige. Here’s the highlights:
Shane Black talks about how they went about interpreting the Mandarin as a savvy media-age terrorist who knows how to stage things to get the biggest impact. Black shoots down some of the rumors about the Mandarin’s rings in his answer as well:
Black: From the very beginning we were all about that, yeah, the idea of just a real world interpretation of this guy who, I hate to break it to you, but he’s not from space in this. The rings are rings. They’re showmanship. They’re accoutrements. They’re paraphernalia of warfare that he sort of drapes himself with. He studies Sun Tzu. He studies insurgency tactics. He surrounds himself with dragons and symbols of warlords and Chinese iconography because he wants to represent this sort of prototypical terrorist who – we use as the example Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now - this guy who may have been an American, may have been a British National, someone who is out there doing field work, supervising atrocities for the intelligence community who went nuts in the field and became this sort of devotee of war tactics, and now has surrounded himself with a group of people over which he presides, and the only thing that unifies them is this hatred of America. So he’s the ultimate terrorist, but he’s also savvy. He’s been in the intelligence world. He knows how to use the media. And taking it to a real world level like that was a lot fun for us.
The Multiple Armors And After Credits Scenes
Feige didn’t hop in on the Mandarin question, but he did go on to talk about all the new armors we’ve been seeing in a different question. he addressed why there are so many armors and what makes Tony want to make that many:
Feige: Yeah, you know we’ve seen, through Avengers, 7 or 8 suits and we wanted to progress that in this one. It’s part of, again, the effect Avengers had on him is that he’s tinkering even more than he did before and he’s building much more than he ever did before. The Iron Patriot is also kind of a response to Avengers. It’s a government rebrand of War Machine, frankly because the US government felt that they were slightly embarrassed by the events of Avengers. These crazy heroes known as “The Avengers” were the ones that saved the day, saved New York City, saved United States; not the government. The government felt they needed a hero of their own, they have a military officer that has one of these suits, and they paint it red, white, and blue. They pose it next to the president and Tony sort of rolls his eyes, you saw a little bit of that today. They want a hero of their own. And Tony’s like, “What do you mean, I’m a hero?” And they say “Well you’ve been spending a lot of time in your workshop. We want somebody we can rely on.” So that’s sort of how the Iron Patriot came about. And, again, it’s a thing from the comics, we just thought the Iron Patriot suit looked equal parts cool and slightly goofy in the comics. It’s not Norman Osborne or any of that stuff obviously, but it gave us a place to go with Rhodey. We wanted to take Rhodey and his sort of split loyalties between his friend and his duty and keep carrying that storyline through.
Interestingly enough, Feige did comment on the much discussed Space Armor. The suit is rumored to be featured in the after credits scene and involves something Guardians of the Galaxy related. Feige said of the armor “Well I would say that I’ve owned a number of ‘Jungle Attack’ Batmans in my time and I don’t remember any jungle attack batman sequences, so.” He did talk about Marvel’s trademark after credits scenes in general though:
Feige: It’s sort of case by case. I don’t want to be in that theater for the first time when even 2 people stay behind and nothing happens, frankly. I like that we’ve trained at least some people to stay behind and get a little reward, but you’re absolutely right it served a different purpose. It was a part of the, “Hey surprise, these are connected. We’re building towards something here.” Shawarma, which everyone knows famously was an idea we came up with much, much later and shot after the premiere just because we thought it would be fun. There was not going to be a tag until that point. So it’s a little faster and looser now because people know, and frankly the whole purpose of Iron Man 3 is to say that these characters can exist just as successfully on their own again. But, as I said I don’t want to be there when nothing happens after people sit through 8 minutes of credits.
Connection Between Iron Man 3 And The Avengers
And finally the two men discuss what connects the blockbuster that was The Avengers to Iron Man 3.
Feige: Yes, and it sort of answers your other question, which is that the only real connective tissue we wanted from Avengers in this movie was Avengers’ effect on Tony’s psyche. This man who comes from this grounded universe – I always say it’s grounded enough although he builds an iron suit and flies around – the notion that Tony Stark, who is the shit and always thought of himself as top dog, now has been to outer space, nearly got killed by freaking aliens, has encountered a god that can smash him across the forest with a hammer, has encountered a guy that his father used to talk about from 1945. It’s no mistake that we meet Tony at the beginning of this movie and he’s just building suits, putting himself in the suit, and he’s much more comfortable when he’s in the suit. And a lot of this movie is about Tony learning to become Tony Stark again outside the armor, and he has a little help in that his house is completely destroyed.
Black: He’s in a world where all of the sudden, without this armor, there’s elements with which he cannot hope to compete. So his comfort in his own skin has diminished at the start of this movie by the fact that he feels like, unless he can build the perfect man, he’s going to be outdone and outshone by these people who are literally gods. So how he can then have those suits taken away from him until he’s just a man and he can’t possibly compete, that was the impetus for this movie, rip everything off him and say, “Yes, you’re alone with these incredible forces aligned against you, and you don’t even have your armor.”
There is a lot more to be said by Feige and Black. You can read the full rundown Collider provided by clicking here. With Iron Man 3 still two months away, we’ll be hearing a lot more about it between now and then. We’re hitting the point where a lot of stuff will repeat, but Black and Feige provided some new and juicy tidbits in this chat. That’s a lot of ground to cover, but what jumped out at you?
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Source : Collider