FILM: IRON MAN 3
From Marvel Studios comes the long awaited ‘Iron Man 3’—the continuation of the epic, big-screen adventures of the world’s favorite billionaire-inventor-Super Hero, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) aka Iron Man.
The film pits the brash-but-brilliant industrialist 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?
After the ‘Iron Man’ and ‘Iron Man 2’ box-office successes, the character was last seen in Marvel Studios’ ‘The Avengers’, which set the all-time, US domestic three-day weekend box-office record of $207.4 million. The film went on to gross over $1.5 billion worldwide, becoming Disney’s highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time.
President of Marvel Studios and ‘Iron Man 3’ producer Kevin Feige explains why Marvel has continued its unprecedented box-office success in adapting comic book characters to the big screen. “The secret to Marvel comics and why our films have continued to be successful is our attention to the development and complexity of our characters, all of which are flawed in some way,” says Feige. “Marvel characters have resonated with audiences for 70 years because, despite the spectacular and amazing things that they can do, people can relate to their many flaws. They struggle in a way that is recognizable and people like seeing Super Heroes save the day, but have difficulty doing it.”
In developing the story for ‘Iron Man 3’, Feige wanted to make sure that it was not only a natural overreaching arc for Tony Stark, but also in alignment with previous events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“The exciting thing about ‘Iron Man 3’ is that it’s not only the culmination of the first two films, but it’s also a follow-up to ‘Marvel’s The Avengers,’” says Feige. “It’s one of the first situations where you have a movie that is the sequel to two different films and in a way that liberates it to be more unique than anything that has come before it, which is what we’re most excited about.”
Feige continues, “Tony Stark is a man who is all about the journey and character arc. When we first met him in ‘Iron Man,’ he was a pompous fellow, building weapons, and almost immediately he suffers a life-changing accident when he is blown up by one of his own missiles in Afghanistan. It galvanizes him into building the Iron Man suit and to get out of the weapons game. ‘Iron Man 2’ tests that resolve as he has some health problems and then in ‘The Avengers’ he faces a world-changing event that not only includes seeing the powers of other Super Heroes, but also having a portal to another world opened above his head.”
For the storyline of ‘Iron Man 3’ the filmmakers decided on a “back-to-basics” tone where they could explore what Tony Stark would do if all of his money and toys were stripped away from him and he was forced to find a way back to being a Super Hero.
For Robert Downey Jr., the journey of Tony Stark in the ‘Iron Man’ franchise is one that is very relatable to audiences. “The great thing about ‘Iron Man 3’ is that we really are going back to kind of an extension and continuation of some of the things that made the franchise fly to begin with,” says Downey Jr. “With the execution and incredible success of ‘The Avengers,’ we’re afforded the opportunity to not have to set up another film and can really explore the character of Tony Stark in ways that are very organic and connectable and play to the strength of the franchise.”
CAST: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley, Jon Favreau, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall
DIRECTOR: Shane Black
Further exploring the tale of their married characters from the smash hit ‘Knocked Up’, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann head the cast in this comedy that is written, produced and directed by Mann’s husband, Judd Apatow, also responsible for the smash hit ‘The 40-Year-Old Virgin’.
Pete (Paul Rudd) shares a house with his wife Debbie (Leslie Mann), and their two daughters, eight-year-old Charlotte (Iris Apatow) and 13-year-old Sadie (Maude Apatow). Pete runs a struggling record label, and Debbie has her own boutique.
The film follows their attempts to improve their family life and their relationship, which has turned into a confusion of arguments, confusion, lies and blame as they both approach 40.
CAST: Albert Brooks,Chris O’Dowd,Iris Apatow,Jason Segel,Leslie Mann,Maude Apatow, Megan Fox, Melissa McCarthy, Paul Rudd,Ryan Lee
DIRECTOR: Judd Apatow