Plot details are emerging from Iron Man 3, to be directed by Shane Black instead of Jon Favreau, and it seems to be more about what the film won’t be about as opposed to what it will be about. Black the other day, in an interview with IGN, mentioned that the character’s famed “Demon in a Bottle” storyline won’t be tackled in this film.
“No, because if we go there — it’s part of Tony’s character, but I think the ‘Demon In A Bottle’ aspect, if you go there, you really have to go there. The film then becomes about that, because the journey that involves recovering from alcoholism is an entire movie. I mean, I want to keep it dark and interesting and edgy and spicy and all those things, but I don’t think we want to go as far as to deal with Tony’s descent into alcoholic madness. That’s maybe not where we want to be.”
What does it mean? I can see why Black wouldn’t want to tackled this storyline in a film; that’s a fairly dark storyline for what’s meant to be a family-friendly blockbuster. Alcoholism and $200 million budgets rarely mix.
It could absolutely work, and make for a great film, but one imagines Marvel Studios would rather go with the more accesible story of Robert Downey Jr. fighting against another supervillain looking to take over the world somehow than battle demons.
What do you think? Would you have preferred Iron Man 3 to tackle this story, dubbed the “quintessential Iron Man story” by many? Or would you have gone in an entirely different direction? Let us know below.
Tags: Iron Man 3, Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr, Shane Black