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With advance screenings in its wake, September 14 is the date for this long-awaited bad boy from writers Fred Dekker and Iron Man 3 writer/director Black marking his return to the franchise since starring in the original with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Keeping up with superhero movies can be challenging, and without a doubt, writer and director Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 is no exception. That said, I finally got to rent the film over the Memorial Day weekend and it was definitely a step up from the second film.
Robert Downey Jr. reprises the role of billionaire genius/playboy/philanthropist/title superhero Tony Stark in a story that follows the events from Joss Whedon’s 2012 film, The Avengers. Beneath his façade, Stark is intrinsically haunted by the weight that comes with protecting the world and the fear of losing love interest Pepper Potts, played by Gwyneth Paltrow, all while a new threat emerges in the headlines in the form of Ben Kingsley‘s iteration of the villain, The Mandarin. However, as a story like this would have it, not all is what it appears to be and Stark is forced to face himself and the choices of his past when new techology makes its way stateside with terroristic consequences in a mission that brings him ever more closer to his mortality, and the nation at the feet of an ambitious and unseen enemy.
For me, the key factor in making this film work was the process of bringing Downey Jr. and Paltrow even closer together and placing a little more emphasis on their status as a couple amidst the struggles they face. It’s largely what kept me caring about the rest of the characters and most of the events that took place with all of the danger unfolding around them, aside from the fact that Stark goes through his Iron Man suits like butter. I especially enjoyed Guy Pearce‘s performance along with Ben Kingsley who I thought brought just the right tonal balance to the film even if some critics and comic book purists don’t agree – Hell, I’m not at all familar with the comics so I can’t delve too much into in an analysis in that regard.
I’ll say this Iron Man 3 is pretty much everything it needed to be as per its initial franchise apart from being an MCU film, so I really wouldn’t know what they could have done with a fourth Iron Man while it was being discussed at the time. Looking ahead up to now, I’m glad I saw this one and I’m pleased that a fourth isn’t listed in the next phase of the MCU.
I’m also happy that Marvel hasn’t publicly begun revamping Iron Man for a whole new set of movies with a new actor just yet, which I think undercuts what’s currently happening with Phase 3. Besides, I like the Iron Man we have right now, and I’d like to keep him for a while longer as I’m not ready to see him replaced just yet.
My two cents.
Williams was a Newark cop until he was framed, sentenced to death, then resurrected following a botched execution. He is given a second lease on life serving in the enforcement arm of the clandestine U.S. government agency CURE. Williams teams with the Asian assassin Chiun and together they clean up and eliminate those who oppose America’s interests.
The Predator franchise is still a thing among fans worldwide since the eponymous alien tribal warrior and hunter launched its war on mankind and other living creatures between John McTiernan’s 1987 jungle thriller with lead actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the 2010 epic from director Nimród Antal, Predators. The film also landed two other spin-off movies before Antal’s film which crossed between its own franchise and the Aliens universe, but Predators was the last known project that was confirmed for a sequel upon its release that same month in July.
Since then, not much has happened for a fourth film to follow Antal’s entry, especially with the third film’s producer, Robert Rodriguez busier nowadays with his new operations in Texas for El Rey Network and other obligations. This week however, the word now is that Iron Man 3 director Shane Black is coming aboard Twentieth Century Fox’s new push to help reboot the franchise altogether.
Black, who also had a cameo in the first film, is most prolifically known for his writing work for the 1987 buddy cop action blockbuster franchise launch, Lethal Weapon, and his work on the horror comedy, Monster Squad that same year with co-writer Fred Dekker. Dekker will be enhancing Black’s treatment with a new script which Jon Davis, who helped produce McTiernan’s 1987 film, will also produce.
Black has two other films he’s working on now, but the issue may still remain for some pertaining to just why Fox wants to reboot the film. It could still move ahead with a Predators 2 movie if the studio chose to, with actor Adrien Brody and actress Alice Braga potentially returning. At any rate now, with a reboot set in stone and no specifics out just yet, there’s plenty of time to speculate. So, the speculating begin!