For those of you who are still reeling from the sheer awesomeness of the first Iron Man 3 trailer that just hit the Web: hold on to your armrests. Marvel employee, and English actor/stuntman, Andrew Lawden was interviewed in a recent episode of the BombadRadio podcast (via ScreenRant) and dropped a boatload of potential spoilers for Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World.
Lawden currently wears the Iron Man armor during Marvel and Disney’s live publicity promotions (sorry but it’s not Robert Downey Jr. folks). Much of his information comes first-hand and through colleagues working on the set of Thor: The Dark World.
On the great action sequences we can expect in Iron Man 3:
“Well, there’s going to be a big fight sequence with The Mandarin, who’s the main villain, which will involve none other than forty different Iron Man suits. There’s an amazing rescue where The Mandarin basically wants to bring down the American government and kill the President, and he launches an attack on Air Force One. All of them – the President and his men and staff – get sucked out of the plane, and Iron Man rescues them by forming this amazing human chain in the sky[…] There’s an amazing sequence where he has this rooftop house that he builds to store all his Iron Man suits, and it gets attacked by The Mandarin and these gunships […] I was shocked to discover there are like forty Iron Man suits written into this feature in various ways…so that’s going to be pretty impressive. But apparently he needs this Iron Man army to go up against The Mandarin’s forces.”
This lines up pretty well with some of the footage we’ve just seen in the trailer. It also confirms the epic 40+ Iron Man-suit-battle for the grand finale that has been rumored for some time now.
We already know that Thor: The Dark World will feature our Asgardian hero, played by Chris Hemsworth, dropping the hammer on a race called the Dark Elves, but Lawden goes into detail on how the film will take our hero on a painful and personal journey:
“Thor becomes reunited with Jane who becomes possessed by a Dark Spirit, which is connected with the Dark Elves; a race the Asgardians have fallen out with many years beforehand […] The Dark Elves attack Asgard, and they take a huge hit. So Thor has to rebuild Asgard by putting together an army to go and take the battle to the Dark Elves and defeat them. But the only way he can do this is – he needs to cross over to the Dark World, and the only person who has access to the dark side of Asgard is his old brother Loki, who at the beginning of the film is locked up in prison. So what happens is Thor basically has to negotiate this truce with Loki, and he goes on this great trek with Jane, all three of them. They go to this far side of Asgard, which is being shot in Iceland, where they train and assemble an army to go and attack the Dark Elves’ world.”
He then drops this fine twist from the film for us:
“[…] One of the things that happens during the Asgardian attack is that Thor’s mother gets killed. So it becomes like a vengeance thing. And they were keeping very tight-lipped about what actually happens with Loki, you don’t know whether he redeems himself or he’s still the bad egg.”
Those are a lot of spoilers to come from only one man, but some of the information has been making its way around the Web for awhile. For now I’d suggest taking everything with a grain of salt and hoping for the best.
Regardless, it all sounds spectacular. I’m especially interested to see the relationship between Thor and Loki evolve while on a mission of vengeance. It sounds very epic and promises some excellent action scenes for us to drool over.
Iron Man 3 soars into theaters on May 3rd, 2013, while Thor: The Dark World shows up a little fashionably later on November 8th, 2013.
What do you think of the insider news? Fact or fiction? Let us know in the comments below.