Looks like Tony Stark is in for a world of hurt.
After a few days of comics and movie news sites racing to post 17-second teases of the new trailer for Iron Man 3, the full two-minute trailer has been officially released. The movie, directed by Shane Black, begins Wave Two of Marvel's cinematic universe that eventually culminates in 2015's The Avengers 2.
With a darker overall tone, the trailer opens with falling snow at night. "I've got a lot of apologies to make," says Tony in a voiceover as a battered Iron Man falls back into a snow-covered field and removes his armor's faceplate.
"Nothing's been the same since New York," he continues with a shot of Tony stepping out to face a large group of reporters. Presumably, this is a reference to the events of the first Avengers film where the Chitauri invasion practically leveled Manhattan.
"You experience things...and then they're over." A shot of an armored gauntlet flying across the room to Tony's hand follows, hinting at the "Extremis" storyline from the comics.
"I can't sleep..." Tony confesses with a fleeting image of his friend James Rhodes in military dress uniform, "...When I do, I have nightmares."
The next sequence shifts to Tony speaking to his love interest Pepper Potts. "Honestly, there's a hundred people who want to kill me. I hope I can protect the one thing I can't live without." An abrupt image of Tony's armor hovering over their bed immediately follows.
Things quickly turn more violent, as the various Iron Man armors begin to explode one by one in their display stands. The film's central villain, The Mandarin (played by Ben Kingsley), removes his hood and begins to speak in an accented voiceover. "Ladies...children...sheep..." he begins, "Some men call me a terrorist. I consider myself a teacher."
The Iron Man armor looms over Tony menacingly, then proceeds to throw him about. "Lesson number one..." continues the Mandarin, "Heroes. There is no such thing." All at once, a group of attack helicopters fires a series of missles on Stark's lavish home seen in the previous Iron Man films. The house is destroyed and debris falls down the cliff into the ocean below. A shot of Iron Man pulled down deep underwater by cables follows. Finally, after the film's titles appear, the last teasing image returns to the snowy landscape at night and has Tony struggling to drag his armor through the snow.
You can view the trailer below, thanks to MarvelUK on YouTube...
Iron Man 3 is scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 3, 2013.