Dark New 'Iron Man 3' Trailer Looks Creepier (& Better) Than 1 & 2 (VIDEO)

Iron Man 3Embarrassing pop culture confession time: I didn't even KNOW there was an Iron Man 3 in the works. *cringes, turns in 'Incredibly Prestigious Entertainment Writer' card, returns million-dollar bills and Pulitzer* I mean, I figured there would be one eventually -- why kill the franchise cash cow when you can continue to enjoy the tasty, tasty profit steaks? -- but I had no idea it's so close to release: May 3, 2013.

The first full-length trailer hit the web today, and if I was generally ambivalent (or more to the point, totally clueless) about the third Iron Man beforehand, I'm officially on the Stark bandwagon now, because this thing looks awesome.

Maybe even better than the first two -- or at least the meh-worthy Iron Man 2. Check it out:


Let's start with a little backstory: it's been reported that the third installment in the series is at least loosely based on Marvel’s Extremis comics, which involved Stark implanting himself with sensors that allow the Iron Man suit to snap onto his body remotely. Also, it should be noted that director Shane Black is probably under a LOT of pressure to turn out something awesome, having taken over the Iron Man helm from Jon Favreau.

So! We know there's something crazy going on with the suit, and we know this thing isn't going to be a carbon copy of the sequel. That said, take a look:

The SUIT! WTF? Is someone in it? Is it a piece of robotics that's become self-aware, like Skynet? Does it have a crush on Pepper, hence the disturbing scene where it yanks her out of bed? Dude.

Guy Pearce. Mmmmmm ... delicious Guy Pearce ... just look at those steely eyes, that chiseled -- I'm sorry, what were we talking about? Oh, right: Guy Pearce. He plays Aldrich Killian, who, according to comics lore, is a geneticist who creates a sort of superhuman serum that he sells to terrorists. We don't see a ton of him in this trailer, but he's always a welcome sight (Lockout notwithstanding).

The explosions. Who likes giant-budget movies that shows stuff blowing up in a visually dramatic manner? I do! I do!

Ben Kingsley. Nearly unrecognizable as the villain The Mandarin, Kingsley's there to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and by the looks of things, he's all out of bubblegum. How about that awesomely creepy voiceover: "Some people call me a terrorist. I consider myself a teacher. Lesson number one: Heroes. There is no such thing.”

The darkness. I love a snappy, sarcastic, fun-loving superhero movie -- but I love a dark, tense superhero movie even more. The trailer obviously doesn't convey the tone of the entire movie, but it seems like this is a new and possibly-humbled Stark, battling against forces even bigger than his ego. Fingers crossed we still get some of that biting Robert Downey Jr. wit, but I love the menacing, gritty feel we get from this clip.

What do you think about the Iron Man 3 trailer? Will you be seeing it next year?

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