Robert Downey Jr. takes numerous blows in the final trailer for Marvel’s Iron Man 3, the most revealing look yet at what Shane Black has up his sleeve for the first film in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe Phase 2 that will build into The Avengers 2.
The Iron Man 3 trailer starts relatively calm with Tony Stark talking about why his life is so great. Despite all his money, gadgets and great girlfriend, he isn’t able to sleep at night – probably partially due to his near-death experience in The Avengers that proved he is quite mortal.
Ben Kingsley as the villainous Mandarin gets a little more screen time in this trailer, enough to spread his cape but not his wings. He has some dark advice for Stark that promises either an empty life or a meaningful death, yet more evidence that Pepper Potts may be the target Mandarin is after in order to strike fear and pain into Stark’s heart. She is, according to the trailer, the one thing he can’t live without.
There has been rumors that Pepper Potts will don an Iron Man “Rescue Armor” suit at some point in the film and a strange shot of her outdoors in a bra in what appears to be the film’s final act seems to partially support this. Another shot of Pepper looking freaked out while in a metal harness that another shot confirms is part of Aldrich Killian’s plans makes he wonder if she doesn’t get a shot of Extremis.
This final Iron Man 3 trailer saves the best for last as Stark’s boys – an army of varying Iron Man suits that are presumably remote piloted – show up on the scene. Loki would be jealous. To wrap up the trailer, a new armor that resembles the “Hulkbuster” armor from the trailers and leaked concept art is briefly shown.
There’s a Chinese version of the new Iron Man 3 trailer below as well that strategically inserts a handful of shots featuring Chinese actors or the on-location China shoot.
Here in the U.S., Iron Man 3 opens on May 3.