How the Runaways Movie That Never Happened Helped to Fuel Iron Man 3

Before Drew Pearce co-wrote Iron Man 3, he was working on a screenplay of Brian K. Vaughan's amazing comic The Runaways. And before that, he created the superhero sitcom No Heroics. He talked to io9 about how those projects helped lead to Iron Man 3, and also addresses Iron Man 3's most controversial twists. Maximum… » 5/20/13 8:00am 5/20/13 8:00am

Iron Man 3: The Fall (and Rise) of Tony Stark

The first Iron Man movie uses Tony Stark as a metaphor for American power, with Tony's near-lethal chest wound signifying his remorse at spreading weapons around Afghanistan. The brilliant Iron Man 3 makes this connection even more explicit, giving us an elaborate fable of post-9/11 America and a paranoid-but-cocky… » 5/03/13 9:27am 5/03/13 9:27am

Did you know that Iron Man 3 takes place partly in China?

Last year, Rian Johnson's time-travel epic Looper had two versions — the U.S. cut, with a brief montage of Joseph Gordon-Levitt's time in China, and the Chinese cut, with a much longer Shanghai sequence. Now, Iron Man 3 takes this trend much, much further, as we move towards a future where China is increasingly… » 5/01/13 11:20am 5/01/13 11:20am

Shane Black Tells Us How Tony Stark is Being "Phased Out" as Iron Man

The trailers for Iron Man 3 show us a shiny new Iron Patriot, a whole army of floating armors... and Tony's mask broken and burned. So is Tony Stark being replaced? And why does Tony spend so much of the movie out of his armor? We asked director Shane Black, and here's what he told us. » 4/30/13 8:00am 4/30/13 8:00am

We really hope this isn't the only post credit scene for Iron Man 3

The best thing about the Marvel movies is hands down the massive attempt the studios make to weave each comic book character together. Either with Easter Eggs, cameos and the beloved post credits scene. Thus just about every extra moments hasn't failed to impress, until now. An alleged recount of Tony Stark's final… » 4/15/13 10:35am 4/15/13 10:35am

Robert Downey Jr. goes full Superman in the new Iron Man 3 trailer…

We didn't think we could get excited for another Iron Man movie until this moment. An early, exceptionally rough cut of the Super Bowl Iron Man 3 trailer is out, and it's a pretty impressive 30 seconds. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang director Shane Black is pulling out all the crazy action movie stops, and we're totally in.… » 2/03/13 4:54pm 2/03/13 4:54pm

Will one Iron Man 3 villain be cut out of the Chinese version?

Looper opens in the United States today, but Chinese audiences will be seeing a somewhat different cut of the film. Director Rian Johnson filmed a key sequence in Shanghai, because Looper is a U.S.-Chinese co-production — and Chinese audiences will see a lot more of that Shanghai footage than we will. (In a similar… » 9/28/12 11:09am 9/28/12 11:09am

Lethal Weapon's Writer and Iron Man 3: a Match Made in Speedy Quip…

Rumor has it Paramount has found a replacement director for the departing Jon Favreau, action-movie veteran Shane Black. This is not a huge shocker, since Black has been angling for this announcement ever since the amazing chemistry he bottled with Robert Downey Jr. on the set of his directorial debut, Kiss Kiss Bang… » 2/10/11 7:00am 2/10/11 7:00am