March 06, 2013

Oh no! Iron Man 3 to blame America first?

Douglas Ernst has the story on how director Shane Black views arch-villain Mandarin:

We use as the example Colonel Kurtz from “Apocalypse Now,” this guy who may have been an American, may have been a British National, someone who is out there doing field work, supervising atrocities for the intelligence community who went nuts in the field and became this sort of devotee of war tactics, and now has surrounded himself with a group of people over which he presides, and the only thing that unifies them is this hatred of America. So he’s the ultimate terrorist, but he’s also savvy. He’s been in the intelligence world. He knows how to use the media. And taking it to a real world level like that was a lot fun for us.

Oh my gad. As Iron Man was a pro-American/pro-good capitalist tour de force, IM3 has the potential to be just the opposite. We now know that the "Extremis" storyline has a major role in the film; it looks like Black took a lot more than just the technical aspect of that tale. In the comics, writer Warren Ellis had a field day using a not-so-concealed analogue of radical filmmaker John Pilger to grill Tony Stark about his life and company.

Posted by Hube at March 6, 2013 04:32 PM | TrackBack

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I'll still see the movie, but if this kind of crap permeates the whole film, then I probably won't see Iron Man 4.

Posted by: Carl at March 8, 2013 12:44 AM

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