Tony Stark’s Facial Expressions: A Comparison
“I think he’ll be back for another one. I’m sure of it.”
I think RDJ is tolerating his seat placement cause he’s like “In two weeks, I’ll be sitting next to fucking Anne Hathaway, dicks.”
My mom will ALWAYS agree to watch it cause she likes Jude Law as much as I like RDJ.
I’m gonna pretend I didn’t watch this movie two weeks ago.
Or KKBB yesterday.
When we were doing the first Iron Man, Jon Favreau and I used to call up Shane Black. We had two lifeline calls; one was to J.J. Abrams, which was about the third act [of Iron Man]. And for the other call, we went to Shane’s house. We couldn’t afford him, so in exchange for helping us with a few key scenes, he asked for a piece of Salmon and fresh blueberries. For instance, in the Iron Man scene where Tony Stark comes back from captivity and calls a press conference, and then asked everybody to sit down, the speech Stark gives all came from Shane Black. So to get him to do Iron Man 3, it has just been this awesome experience and one of my favorite working experiences. Iron Man 3 is going to be a very, very bold genre film, from the storytelling.
BLUEBERRIES. IT WAS REAL.
But something kept nagging at me — what is that on the t-shirt he’s wearing under that vest?
Then I found this: He’s wearing some variation on this t-shirt with all the different caliber of bullets. The BMG in the bottom middle refers to “Browning Machine Gun,” and that .50 caliber cartridge above it.
So The Mandarin is a gun nut (we could have guessed that from the AK-47 to his left.)
But Feige was very specific — everything about The Mandarin’s appearance is meant to shape the public’s view of who he is. “Our version of this character wants to push those buttons in everyone, in every different country, all around the world to his own ends,” Feige says.
This could be his way of tapping those survivalist types in the U.S., who have more faith in their own ammunition stockpile more than the government. But Feige declines to clarify what that part of the costume means, or what the obscured writing on the shirt says.
Whatever the case, Iron Man 3 seems to be focusing on a battle between appearance vs. true self.
While Rhodes has hopped into War Machine’s armor in the past to help Stark, his new Iron Patriot suit brands him as a pure military weapon, working on behalf of the United States of America, while Stark — driven away by an attack from Kingsley’s Mandarin — remains a loose-cannon, a freelance good-guy who comes through in a pinch, but isn’t following anyone’s orders.
As Iron Patriot, Rhodes is a man in uniform — and that uniform gives him a certain identity, just as The Mandarin’s appearance does for him. Stark, on the other hand, is just trying to figure out how to be comfortable in his own skin.
That may be a fight he never quite wins.