Shit Gets Real In The Dark, Explosive Iron Man 3 Trailer

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I hope you're ready for the Iron Man 3 trailer, out today. This movie looks darker than the two that came before, but fans don't seem to be worried by writer-director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) taking the reins. After all, the stakes are simply higher following Manhattan almost getting incinerated in The Avengers earlier this summer.

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is haunted by that battle, and confesses that he can't sleep. But he's gonna need his beauty rest, because he's got at least three villains after him: Eric Savin (James Badge Dale), a lieutenant-turned-cyborg; Dr. Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), who unleashes a virus called “Extremis” on the world; and The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), who blows up Stark Manor.

Yeah, there's plenty of explosions in Iron Man 3, with The Mandarin spouting phrases like “Lesson #1: Heroes—there are none” before blasting Tony's collection of Iron Man suits into the water and nearly killing him and Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). Speaking of Tony's suits, how come someone in an Iron Man suit goes after him and Pepper while they're asleep? I can't tell if that's someone operating the suit, or if Tony has some sort of way of unconsciously controlling the suits even when he's not in them.

Here's the official synopsis:

Marvel's Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man 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?

Look for part of the adventure to take place in China… and hopefully for more Tony Stark wisecracks. I've talked enough—check out the trailer!

Iron Man 3 hits theaters May 3, 2013. Fingers crossed we'll get some sort of hint leading in to Thor 2, as the Marvel movies often weave their narratives together in place of looking ahead to sequels within their own franchises.

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