Watching Iron Man 3, I was in total amazement at how far the movie has come since the first release. I’m not just talking about the graphics, but the complete arcs of the characters involved really take you for an epic adventure. Take Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), for example. In the first movie, she is just Tony Stark’s assistant…the smart, level headed female that not only can handle Tony Stark’s attitude but can be the right hand to an empire. But in Iron Man 3, not only is she Tony’s better half, but she is the intelligent, powerful woman running Stark Industries. “I really loved their relationship in the first movie when she was a supplicant, and cleaning up his messes and I loved that” says Paltrow, “it was very specific, and then, you know, to get all the way to where she is at the end of the trilogy, you know, it was a big transformation. And I think one of the things that I loved the most is that she really steps into her power in all areas. And you do see her as a very intelligent articulate CEO. You see her now in an equal relationship with Tony where she wants her needs met as well while still remaining a very supportive woman in his life. And then, of course, she turns into a super hero or sort of. But it was a great transformation, and I felt really lucky to be a part of it.”
Transformation is a big theme of the film as a whole and Pepper is not the only one that takes a turn. The Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley, is easiest the most interesting villain that has come to screen yet. When asked if most of the character was his creation or the script Kingsley stated, “ do respond to the written word. I love to see it down there on the page, and it was all there. I tried to give the Mandarin in his political broadcasts a rather unnerving sense of righteousness, and make him almost paternalistic, patriarchal.” He went on to say, “And that’s where the timbre of his delivery comes from, and weird iconography was there to disconcert and completely scatter any expectations of where he might be coming from. I think again the line, “That you will never see me coming” involves … It sort of voices, that unpredictability that he has. It’s a great script. It was a wonderful read, and we stuck very closely to it.”
Throughout the junket, the Robert Downey Jr joked with his co-stars and danced around the rumor that he may be done playing Iron Man (NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO), he did however, have nothing but praise for his co-stars, particularly Kingsley, “I think the big challenge this time was, you know, these movies are only ever as good as their bad guys…once we cast Sir Ben, half our troubles went away.”
The film was released on May 3, which was soon after the Boston attack, which Don Cheadle addressed by saying, “(But as Robert mentioned earlier,) the job of this film is to entertain. That’s what we’re hoping to do…We’re really trying to give people I think the ability to go into a darkened room, and have a couple of hours of just pure enjoyment.”
Paltrow gave her point of view as a mother, “…you know, we do live in an unsafe world. That’s the truth and I’m dealing with this now with my seven-year-old. He’s sort of grappling with the fact that the world is unsafe, and there are people who do harmful things. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with presenting that idea. We can’t lie to our children and pretend that the world is perfect and everybody is happy, and everybody is out there to do good. So, you know, it’s just part of a bigger conversation. I know that after my children saw the movie, I had certain conversations with my son about it. And so I think it’s a good sort of contained place to have a conversation.”
As far as is Robert coming back to suit up once more after The Avengers 2, he would only say “So in all earnestness, you know, things are very much in flux right now and Marvel has their plans and we’re all living and growing. We’ll see what happens.”
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