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6 Wishes for Iron Man 3
Comicscape: Much Ado About Iron Man
By Chad Derdowski
July 29, 2009
Comicscape: Iron Man
To say that the footage from Iron Man 2 shown at the San Diego Comic Con got us excited might just be the understatement of the century. You can read our thoughts on the film's explosive SDCC panel here. And our roundtable interviews with director Jon Favreau & Robert Downey Jr. here and here. But enough about the past, let's look forward to the future. With the Black Widow, Justin Hammer, Whiplash and War Machine being introduced to the Marvel film universe, we can’t help but wonder what kinds of Easter eggs will be strewn throughout the Armored Avenger’s sequel and what other characters from the comics we’ll see.
The movie doesn’t open for another year and very little information has been released, but that’s never stopped us from speculating on what we will see and coming up with a wish list of what we’d like to see. And why stop with Iron Man 2? We’re looking ahead all the way to Iron Man 3, The Avengers and beyond.
1. Janet Van Dyne and Hank Pym
Tony Stark can’t do it all by himself; he’s gotta have some tech support, right? Somebody is working diligently creating all those crazy inventions – why not use this as an opportunity for a really cool cameo? How hard would it be to have a quick scene showing a couple of familiar scientists working in Stark Industries labs? And maybe they’ve got a little side project involving molecular density?
An Avengers movie is in the works and while they may not be A-listers like Captain America and Thor, the Wasp and Ant Man are founding members of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and deserve a little screen time too. And even if we don’t see them in their costumed identities, it would be great way to further recreate the Marvel Universe on film the way Stan and Jack did it in the comics back in the day.
2. More Armor
We’ve seen the clunky mark one armor, the silver and chrome upgrade and the more familiar red and gold suit. Let’s see a few more. No, let’s see a LOT more.
How about giving fans a brief sequence in Tony’s Hall of Armor? We don’t need to see Tony on the ocean floor in his undersea getup, but a quick glimpse of it in the background would be a nice way to establish the fact that he’s got a lot of irons in the fire (no pun intended) and is working on a variety of weapons to suit a variety of missions. It would be a nice tip of the hat to Iron Man’s long history of creating specialized suits of armor to fit very particular mission parameters and it is little touches like this that have really endeared comic book fans to the new Marvel films.
And it might be a nice set up for the following idea…
3. Armor Wars
Remember that storyline from a few years ago when Tony found out that a lot of his enemies were using technology pilfered from Stark Industries and he went on a rampage during which he disabled other armored heroes and villains, distraught over the countless lives lost and people who had been hurt by the tech and weapons he created? He ended up turning himself into a fugitive and had to fake Iron Man’s death. It was pretty cool, right? How much cooler would it be on the big screen?
We know that Whiplash and Justin Hammer will be utilizing weaponry very similar to Stark’s Iron Man tech in the sequel. By the time the third film rolls around, we might see even more. An Armor Wars-like storyline in which Tony takes on not just one enemy, but a host of high-tech villains, might just be the cats pajamas. There’s a chance that it could just end up looking like Rock-em-Sock-em Robots, but we’ll take that risk.
4. Demon in a Bottle
Everybody wants to know when Jon Favreau will tackle this classic storyline and it was even brought up at Comic Con International this year with a promise that Tony’s dependency will continue to be further explored in the Iron Man 2 storyline. In the comics, Justin Hammer’s constant attempts to destroy Tony Stark were the impetus for Tony hitting the sauce more and more often. With Justin Hammer being introduced in Iron Man 2, we have to assume that they’re already edging toward recreating this classic tale. And how great would it be to see Rhodey in that armor? Sure, we’re getting War Machine in the sequel, but seeing Jim Rhodes step up and assume his friend’s role as Iron Man… too cool.
The first film had a great balance between lightheartedness and some heavy drama, so it isn’t unrealistic to think that Favreau will be able to handle a story like this one somewhere down the line.
5. MODOK AIMs to please
Advanced Idea Mechanics are an organization of evil scientists dedicated to overthrowing the governments of the world through technological means and they’ve crossed paths with Iron Man time and time again. We’d love to see them take ol’ Shellhead in Iron Man 3 or maybe even take on the Avengers down the road. After all, these are the guys responsible for the creation of the Cosmic Cube, a reality-altering weapon that would likely require a team of super heroes to overcome.
And we’d really just like to see those sweet yellow AIM Hazmat uniforms with the beekeeper helmets. For that matter, we’d like to see MODOK even more! The man was genetically altered to be so intelligent, he’s little more than a giant brain with tiny arms and legs floating around in a flying harness. He’s one of the most bizarre super-villains ever created and – hey, we just like MODOK, okay? Put him in the movie, already.
6. Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
Here’s one wish we know will come true: seeing the friendship between Captain America, Tony Stark and Thor play out on the big screen. These guys have been partners, friends, rivals and even enemies over the years and finally getting to see it all play out in the theaters has got our little geek hearts pumping and our blood racing.
Iron Man was a shockingly huge success and from what we’ve seen at Comic Con International, we have every reason to believe the sequel will be better. Summer 2010 can not come fast enough!