With all the new suits of armor in “Iron Man 3,” will there be any time left to tell a story? Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says yes, and teased how all of Tony Stark’s new suits and Rhodey’s new Iron Patriot will come into play in a new interview.
“By the end of the film, we see each and every one of them, and you realize Tony is a mechanic and he has been tinkering,” he says in production notes. “Any conceivable idea he had about the suit technology he built and stored in his Hall of Armor. Finally, after talking about it for four movies we finally see his Hall of Armor and the giant army of suits that he’s built for himself.”
That doesn’t always work according to plan, as Tony’s prehensile suit – which flies to his body in individual pieces – malfunctions at a pivotal moment. “There’s a great scene in the movie, which we gave a little taste of to fans at Comic-Con this year in a giveaway of an art poster that Ryan Meinerding had done, where the entire suit doesn’t come to him. He just gets one glove and one boot and has to fight off a battalion of bad guys with just the boot and just the glove,” Feige teased, adding that fans will get a solid glimpse into Tony’s “obsession” with making suits.
In terms of Iron Patriot, Feige said he and director Shane Black love the image of Rhodey’s new suit. In “Iron Man 3,” the US government decides it wants its own superhero, so it rebrands War Machine as his more patriotic counterpart.
“Over the course of the film we learn that there was a nefarious purpose behind that. It’s a great example of how sometimes you take and stay true to a character as pulled from the comics, and sometimes the comics can be the kernel of an idea that you then flesh out and build into something else,” Feige says. “a few years ago we pulled out the Iron Patriot and said, ’That’s cool. Wouldn’t that be fun to play with that someday?’ And you’ll see it in ’Iron Man 3.'”
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