Saturday, October 20, 2007

Iron Man The Movie Trailer

At last, Iron Man would get his very own big screen adaptation.

Robert Downey Jr. had been casted to play Tony Stark/ Iron Man, a billionaire industrialist and ingenious inventor who develops the ultimate technological suit. Other cast members include Gwyneth Paltrow as Virginia “Pepper” Potts, Stark’s personal secretary; Jeff Bridges as Obadiah Stane/ Iron Monger, Stark’s mentor and business rival; Terrence Howard as James Rhodes, Stark’s bestfriend who would unlikely be War Machine in (keeping our fingers crossed) the following Iron Man movie sequels; and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Fans of the The Ultimates comic books know that Nick Fury’s appearance in the series is based upon the features of Samuel L. Jackson.

Iron Man’s director, Jon Favreau (Zathura, Elf), originally planned to cast a newcomer in the role, but cast Downey Jr., who is a big fan of the comic book. Downey Jr. described his challenge as "making a wealthy, establishmentarian, weapons manufacturing, hard drinking, womanizing prick into someone who is likable and a hero". His co-star Paltrow, on the other hand, went straight to the source material, reading many comic books lent by her husband, Chris Martin, for the preparation for her role.

As with every Marvel movie made, it is reported that Iron Man’s co-creator, Stan Lee, would make another cameo appearance in the movie “where he appears with three blonde women and is mistaken for Hugh Hefner by Tony Stark”.

Favreau announced the Mandarin as the film's villain at Comic-Con International, When asked about the Mandarin, Favreau compared the Mandarin to Sauron in The Lord of the Rings, in that his role is a presence rather than a physical antagonist. He also said that the first film's plot would not deal with Tony Stark's personal problems, such as alcoholism. Favreau noted that if there were sequels, Tony Stark's personal problems would be explored. Favreau plans Iron Man to be the first in a trilogy, with all the actors signed on. Favreau has also stated he would like to develop the Mandarin into a physical threat, or use Fin Fang Foom if he could fit the tone of the films.

About the armor, Favreau confirmed "The suit will be more like a weapons platform than a flying suit – more of a War Machine-feel to it. Favreau stated he wanted the film to feel believable, and key to this was seeing the full construction of the suit in its three stages.

The Iron Man suit showcased in the film was inspired by Iron Man comic book artist Adi Granov (Tales of Suspense Commemorative Edition: Captain America and Iron Man, Iron Man vol. 4). He created the suit design with Phil Saunders, which was built by Stan Winston Studios. Granov's designs were the primary inspiration for the film's design.

The film is slated for a May 2, 2008 release, and is the first film independently produced by Marvel Studios. You can view Wikipedia’s article about this upcoming movie here. Also, for updates and release dates you can check out the official Iron Man movie website at

Below, you can watch the official movie trailer. Here's hoping this movie wouldn’t suck like X-Men 3…


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