Iron Man 3 hits cinemas this week, and it's one hell of a ride. Interestingly, however, it's not the ride that director Shane Black wanted to take viewers on. He wanted to tell a different story arc, but Disney overruled him. Here's the story you could have been told in Iron Man 3.
Director Shane Black told Comic Book Movie that the original drafts of the script told a much different story than the one we ended up getting. Black wanted to tell the Demon In A Bottle storyline, that focuses on Tony Stark's alcoholism. Interestingly, "mummy bloggers" are most to blame. When asked if there was stuff that he couldn't put in the movie:
The drinking. Even if you look at the websites of the mommy bloggers they say, you know, 'Watch out, mom's! Tony drinks in this movie!' It's amazing. There's one or two scenes in this movie where he picks up a drink and it'll be in those blogs. They'll say 'watch out because he drinks'. It's pretty amazing because it used to be you drank all the time in movies.
I think we were just told by the studio that we should probably paint Tony Stark as being kind of an industrialist and a crazy guy, or even a bad guy at some points, but the Demon in a Bottle stuff of him being an alcoholic wouldn't really fly. I don't blame that.
The story that's actually being told in Iron Man 3 is the Extremis storyline (synopsis inbound, avoid if you want to go into it clean), that focuses on a madman, hell-bent on making America pay for its sins against the Eastern world by a terrorist known as The Mandarin, as an evil scientist works behind the scenes to create a secret army of powerful regenerating soliders in the hope of destroying Iron Man and the United States.
We'll have our review of Iron Man 3 shortly. [Comic Book Movie]