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Kevin Feige Compares Iron Man to Batman & James Bond

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Mon, 01/21/2013 - 19:35

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5154:]]With Iron Man 3 coming up in May and being Robert Downey Jr.'s fourth Marvel Studios film with the fifth in 2015 for The Avengers 2, fans may have been wondering where does Tony Stark go from there.

Speaking with MTV, Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige compares Stark to Batman and James Bond in that there stories go on and on, and so will Iron Man's.

Characters like James Bond and Batman, whose stories go on and on and on — I think Tony is one of those characters," said Feige when asked if "Iron Man 3" marks an ending of sorts for Tony Stark's cinematic journey. "Where we go directly after 'Iron Man 3' ... I'm not looking too far ahead. I'm looking to finish 'Iron Man 3,' getting into 'Avengers 2,' and then seeing where we go from there. But I do think we have more Tony Stark tales to tell, and we'll take it one movie — or maybe two movies — at a time.

From this we can most likely take from it that eventually a new actor will come onboard further down the line, but in the mean time, Feige offers us a hint as to what drives Stark in Iron Man 3, which turns out that he is "broken" because of the events in The Avengers movie, and we also hear that Tony Stark is building "suits," meaning in the plural of which there has said to be many.

So much of the journey of 'Iron Man 3' is informed by Tony's experiences in 'The Avengers,'" Feige told MTV. "It's almost like post-traumatic stress: he really has retreated after the events of 'The Avengers' into his workshop, where he's building advanced versions of his suits. He has [designed] a version of the suit that can latch onto him in individual pieces ... anytime, anywhere. As he starts to realize, it's basically because he doesn't want to be out of the suit: he's seen a lot of things in 'Avengers' and has encountered a lot of powerful people, much more powerful than he is.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5155:]]Feige also tells comic book fans about their idea for the Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley, in that the villain of the movie is not based on one particular comic book story, but more from all different things put together.

We felt there was leeway to explore the Mandarin in a way that hasn't been explored before," Feige explained. "We found we couldn't point to any sort of definitive Mandarin story in the comics — but if you print this, I'm sure a million fans will point to a specific story — so as we've done with many of the films, we did an amalgamation. The Mandarin is relentless: he's a non-stop threat, and you've seen that in the first teaser trailer when Tony Stark's house tumbles into the sea. He doesn't mess around, this guy.

Iron Man 3 lands May 3rd, 2013 directed by Shane Black and starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pierce and James Badge Dale.

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Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?