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Old 05-12-2010, 01:05 PM   #1
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Now before anyone calls me out saying I want IM3 to be a TDK wannabee, I want to remind you that Batman is not a monopoly for dark/serious storytelling. My biggest complaint with IM2 is the tone. The jokes are great and Iron Man should be much more humorous than most superhero movies, but I felt IM2 never really got serious even when it needed to be. I feel with "Demon in the Bottle" and other story lines IM3 could be very serious while still having the great jokes. Basically, all I'm saying is, the jokes are great, but when its time to get serious, lets get serious. For the most part the first IM did this well. I just hope IM3 does it well too.

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Old 05-13-2010, 08:19 AM   #2
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They should go back to the first movie, light hearted in the first act, then serious throughout.

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Old 05-15-2010, 08:45 AM   #3
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I think it should get a little more dramatic, as stark is forced to be iron man more and more, he slips into alcoholism.

His life needs to be falling apart, and he needs to fix it.

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If the story allows for us to actually have more scenes with Iron Man than the first 2 movies gave us I'll probably like it.

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Old 05-28-2010, 03:14 PM   #5
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I thought the tone for both movies were great balances of comedy, action, and drama. I really bought someone like Tony cracking jokes in times of peril, because that's just how this character is. They could go for a darker tone, but they would probably always rely on the laughs to break the tension

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Sounds good to me. I don't want an Iron Man film devoid of humor. That is pure death.

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Old 05-28-2010, 08:35 PM   #7
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I want them to bring back the depth the first film had.

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Old 05-29-2010, 01:48 PM   #8
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I thought this one still had the heart that the first one did - not many people seemed to think the Rhodey/Tony fight at the mansion was effective, but I thought it was such a sad scene. The fact that they were both fighting in metal suit didn't take away from the emotional impact of one friend having to literally beat the hell out of another to make them realize they're going down the wrong path.

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i think the tone should be dark but not to dark. im2 balanced it out well but it was still missing the lightheartedness the first one had

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Old 06-11-2010, 03:08 AM   #10
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Slightly darker than the first one.

Should still be light-hearted, but if we're gonna be dealing with Tony's alcoholism, it can't be too light-hearted.

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Old 06-11-2010, 06:07 AM   #11
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I don't see alcoholism coming up again. They already paid tribute to it in the 2nd film with the drunk in armor scene. That's about as much as I think we're ever gonna get. If you want a live-action adaption of DIAB, an on-going Iron Man TV show would be a better venue.

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Old 06-11-2010, 06:29 AM   #12
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Serious =/= dark. Nor did I see any noticeable difference in the overall tones of the two Iron Man movies. I think that the tone is perfect for a superhero movie and should not be changed.

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Old 06-11-2010, 06:31 AM   #13
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Here's a guy who gets it about DIAB:

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With Iron Man 2 soundly trouncing the competition in both it's first and second week of release, it's clear that Paramount and Marvel have another hit on their hands. And while the studios begin gearing up for the releases of Thor, Captain America and ultimately an Avengers movie (bringing the supeheroes together with The Hulk, Iron Man and others), Iron Man fans are left wanting even more Tony Stark. Director Jon Favreau has expressed interest in making Iron Man 3, but is only hesitating because of the new restrictions requiring all of the Avengers movies to conform to one narrative, and isnít entirely sure that will be as much fun. Whether or not he returns remains to be seen. But what is undeniable is the fanboy call for the third film to be a storyline best known as "Demon in a Bottle".

Blogs have been calling for it but I canít help but think that theyíre not quite sure what theyíre asking for. Wikipedia has a great plot breakdown of this iconic storyline. Effectively, the idea is that Starkís alcoholism becomes so debilitating that everything is his life crumbles around him and he almost loses Iron Man forever. Favreau has stated publicly that he doesnít like the idea of making Leaving Las Vegas as a superhero movie. Blogs, like the Flick-sided one above, seem to think that itís a grand idea.

But Favreau is right.

The problem with the blogs is the same problem inside of Warner Bros. right now when thinking about Superhero movies. The thinking is Dark + Superhero = Dark Knight levels of awesome. The flaw in that thinking is that The Dark Knight was dark because our hero faced a villain so evil and corrupting that it flew in the face of everything Bruce Wayne was able to deal with. It challenged his own non-killing nature. He didnít know how to confront someone truly mad. But thatís *not* what "Demon in a Bottle" is.

"Demon in a Bottle" is Spider-Man 3. It is our hero become non-functioning and completely unlikable so that he can lose everything before having to fight to get it back again. But you canít really do that in a movie without turning off your audience like Spider-Man 3 did. Alcoholism of that level falls into the category of what screenwriters call ďThe Sin of MosesĒ, that sin against the audience so great that he can never be forgiven and enter the holy land of a happy ending. In the comic, they simply wrapped up his alcoholism in a single issue, then pushed it aside and tried to forget it ever happened. Favreau instead made it an integral part of the character, without going so dark that he would lose the audience.


Iron Man is *not* Batman. His appeal isnít him wrestling with inner demons; his appeal is that he is everything Batman is not. Heís fun, funny and has a hell of a time with the toys he makes. Wanting to transform Iron Man into Batman to satisfy your own dark urges isnít good storytelling. Instead, it only betrays both the character and the audience. Favreau is getting it right. Heís walking a fine line of presented a damaged hero whilst making that heroís adventures fun to watch time and again.

Jon Favreau is thinking of The Mandarin for a third film. Iíd go with that. That sounds awesome.
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Old 06-12-2010, 08:26 PM   #14
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^ I agree! While I don't want the next Iron Man movie to be a cheesy campfest, I don't think the DiAB storyline is necessary for the third movie. It was already touched upon in Iron Man 2 with Tony drunk at his bday party, that was enough right there for me; it satisfied me. I don't think I can take a whole movie with Tony drunk as a skunk. The third should definitely be about Iron Man squaring off against the Mandarin. And the tone should be a nice blend of action/humor/drama like the first movie.

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Old 06-12-2010, 08:41 PM   #15
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I dont get about how the drunk party scene touched on Tony being an alcoholic? Just becaus eyou get drunk at a party doesn't make you close to being an alkie. Really if they were going to touch on it they would of had Tony drinking with breakfast and instead of him drinking that chlorophyll stuff in those certain scenes it was replaced by vodka/rum

That being said I think it would kind of be stupid to do it now. I think the time was with the 2nd film with Tony fearing he's going to die, all the pressure from the government, etc.

Tone wise: Should be the first film. Funny when it wasnt to be, but not being overly funny in situations that really didnt need it like in IM2

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The drinking has been slowly building up since the first shot we ever got of Tony. If Iron Man 2 gave us anything, it was a taste of things to come during the party scene, as it felt a little painful seeing him drinking his sorrows away in the suit. I'm really looking forward to them going the whole way through with his downfall.

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It's not going to happen and it shouldn't. As I said, it would work for a TV series but not for a film.

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I agree.

The next movie should focus on Iron Man vs Mandarin.

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You can still do that with the alcoholism. I was thinking it would be great if Tony would be unable to fight the Mandarin at one point, and then we see what Rhodes is really made of, taking on the Mandarin alone.

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I dont get about how the drunk party scene touched on Tony being an alcoholic? Just becaus eyou get drunk at a party doesn't make you close to being an alkie. Really if they were going to touch on it they would of had Tony drinking with breakfast and instead of him drinking that chlorophyll stuff in those certain scenes it was replaced by vodka/rum

That being said I think it would kind of be stupid to do it now. I think the time was with the 2nd film with Tony fearing he's going to die, all the pressure from the government, etc.

Tone wise: Should be the first film. Funny when it wasnt to be, but not being overly funny in situations that really didnt need it like in IM2
Which is all the more reason why they shouldn't go the DiAB route for the third movie. I agree, the time for DiAB was for IM2 when he was dealing with the government, dealing with his health, etc.

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Old 06-18-2010, 11:00 PM   #21
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I'm really curious where they will go since basically all of Tony's problems were tied up by the end of the film

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Old 06-19-2010, 11:26 PM   #22
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Iron Man or Tony Stark himself should always keep the fun factor. He has to be optimistic, not overbrooding, and keeping his calm facing his opposition. As for the serious tone - this should be carried by the grim menacing but still cool Mandarin. I think Marvel has the opportunity to bring the most badass, serious villain in Mandarin. So we have this contrast of the fun-loving, happy go lucky Tony Stark vs the serious doombringer Gene Khan in a combat for ages

Secondly, tone down the alcoholism factor. I don't want 20-30 minutes got wasted explaining Tony's alcoholic addiction. I could live with 5 minutes Tony in an funny AAA-meeting skit. Just for the record, comics Tony has gotten over the alcoholic addiction. He drinks Evian now. That's FYI for you non-readers. Instead of alcoholism, they could go with Stark's company worldwide success as the flaw. Now Stark has too many bases too cover, and when Mandarin sees multinational companies going against in growing base in China - Mandarin goes for war. Real war.

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You can still do that with the alcoholism. I was thinking it would be great if Tony would be unable to fight the Mandarin at one point, and then we see what Rhodes is really made of, taking on the Mandarin alone.
I would ask a little less War Machine the next time around, because he will take more minutes and CGI cost from Iron Man. But if WM needs to be in it, has to be in his own fight. WM vs Ultimo, IM vs Mandarin/mecha Fing Fang Foom.

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I would ask a little less War Machine the next time around, because he will take more minutes and CGI cost from Iron Man. But if WM needs to be in it, has to be in his own fight. WM vs Ultimo, IM vs Mandarin/mecha Fing Fang Foom.
"A little less War Machine"? Lol, he was barely in IM2, he only showed up in the end. I want to see more War Machine but I agree, WM should have his own villian, if you will, to square off against, not the Mandarin.

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"A little less War Machine"? Lol, he was barely in IM2, he only showed up in the end. I want to see more War Machine but I agree, WM should have his own villian, if you will, to square off against, not the Mandarin.
Yes,less War Machine! I want to see more Iron Man! Iron man can carry his weight in as many sequels as they care to make. Let's see War Machine do that. Never been a War Machine fan.

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