Iron Man footage

I don’t care how cool The Dark Knight is going to be, I think the 2008 movie I’m most looking forward to is Jon Favreau’s Iron Man with Robert Downey Jr. — I mean, take a look at Tony Stark’s “Mark I” armor!

Sure, The Dark Knight is going to be great but we’ve already seen Nolan’s Batman so whatever it’s like won’t be that much of a surprise. But after seeing this footage (set to Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” of course) I can’t wait to see the final product:

The rest of the cast includes Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Terrance Howard, with cameos from Hillary Swank and Samuel L. Jackson, no doubt as Nick Fury (though it’s unknown whether he’ll be Sgt., Col., Director or just an Agent of SHIELD).

3 thoughts on “Iron Man footage

  1. PRT says:

    And five hours later, the video is already unavailable… Sad.

  2. Nobody says:

    That’s a shame. I’m not sure this Comic-Con version will ever be released publicly since Favreau said it was tailored for fans who are already familiar with the character:

    we cut a trailer that was very different than how we would cut it for general population to educate them on who Iron Man is. This wasn’t “who is Iron Man?” This one is “how are we handling Iron Man” and “what version are we doing of Iron Man?” as there are 40 years of books

    I’ll try and describe it then:

    It starts off with RDJr in the high desert (mountains in the background), looking more or less at the camera and saying:

    “Is it better to be feared or respected? I say, is it too much to ask for both? With that in mind, allow me to introduce the crown jewel of Stark Industries’ Freedom Line, the first missle system to feature our proprietary repulsor technology.”

    Cut to a group of military personel, then back to Stark:

    They say the best weapon is the one you never have to fire. I respectfully disagree: I prefer the one you only have to fire once. That’s how Dad did it, that’s America does it, and it’s worked out pretty well so far.”

    Cut to an Audi S4 (drool) pulling up for Stark at a media event of some kind (with Favreau as his bodyguard) but before he gets in the car he lets a reporter ask a couple of questions:

    “You’ve been called the Leonardo DaVinci of our time.”
    “That’s ridiculous, I don’t paint.”
    “How about ‘Merchant of Death’?”
    “Much better.”

    (You can see how tricky it is to make a movie wherein the hero is a weapons contractor in a time of war, not to mention a womanizer and the most famous alcoholic in comics, but I like Downey’s take on him. He just might manage to make him likeable with his self-deprecating, deadpan sense of humor. It’s also nice to see him playing it cool since I thought he overacted a bit in A Scanner Darkly, though he was still fun to watch.)

    Anyway, cut to Stark in the back seat of a military Humvee with some soldiers. One of them asks Stark if he can take a picture with him. While posing, Stark says “I don’t want to see this on your MySpace page.” The soldier makes a V with his fingers (for victory or peace, not the bad one) and Stark says, “No gang signs please” then “go ahead, put ’em up.”

    Suddenly there’s an explosion as the military convoy is under attack and Stark is shown running away amidst explosions. Then he wakes up in a dark cave with a bunch of wires attached to his chest. A man stoking a fire explains that he got most of the shrapnel out of his chest but there is still some he couldn’t get out, and the device on his chest is an electromagnet hooked up to a car battery to keep the leftover shrapnel from reaching his heart. (As someone who’s never read an Iron Man comic I never knew that’s what the glowing thing over his heart was for!)

    Then Stark mutters some things like “I should be dead. Why am I still alive? What am I meant to do?” voiced over some shots of him banging on an anvil while a glowing circle shines through his wife-beater undershirt. The result is the Mark I suit (the grey armor seen in the pictures I linked) which we see in action, blowing away some people in caves. His arm gets stuck in the wall of the cave and somebody runs up to cap him in the head at point blank range, but the bullet ricochets off Iron Man’s helmet and hits the shooter in the head. Then a shot of him using flamethrowers outside the cave entrance.

    Cut to a montage of Stark back in New York including a shot of Gwyneth Paltrow as his secretary Pepper Potts. Then the Mark III suit (i.e. red and gold) is revealed as he stands up in the shadows of the armory, only his eyes and chest-mounted monobeam glowing through the darkness.

    The teaser ended with a few shots of Iron Man flying in the red and gold armor. The first shows him flying alone facing the camera, then a couple of F-22s (I think) come into frame from below, right behind him on either side. Iron Man looks aside and sees them, then suddenly spins off to the right with the planes in pursuit, shown in a couple more quick shots.

    Then the Iron Man logo is stamped into a piece of metal (or iron I guess), but there is one last shot of Iron Man flying from left to right, then along with the camera for a second, until we see the repulsors on his hands ignite like afterburners (joining those on his feet) to launch him ahead and out of range.

    That’s all, folks!

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