October 23rd, 2012
09:57 AM ET
Come May 2013, Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark will be back in his Iron Man suit for yet another summer, but the Marvel hero will also be in a much darker place.
"I've got a lot of apologies to make ... I can't sleep, and when I do I have nightmares," Downey's hero says in a voiceover. "Honestly, there's 100 people who'd want to kill me."
He hopes, looking toward Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts, that he can "protect the one thing" he can't live without.
And then, enter the villain of "Iron Man 3": Ben Kingsley's The Mandarin, who fancies himself a teacher rather than a terrorist. "Lesson No. 1," Kingsley intones in the trailer. "Heroes. There is no such thing."
The clip seems intent to prove that point, as we watch havoc invade Stark's life. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told USA Today that seeing Stark so broken is the arc of the third film.
"While he is a charming guy, it is often hard to root for a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist because they seem to have it all," Feige said. "In this movie, we are again going to see him stripped down more than we've ever seen him since he was in that cave, again with his back against the wall and with nothing but his wits to help him survive."
"Iron Man 3," directed by co-screenwriter Shane Black ("Kiss Kiss Bang Bang"), will open May 3, 2013.
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