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The Stark Night Rises

The Stark Night Rises

Iron Man 3 must’ve felt like an inevitable bump back down to earth for Kevin Feige and the rest of Marvel Studios.

Phase 1 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe was the grandest experiment in cinema. A whole studio based upon one shared cinematic universe, reliant on every film it releases being successful and that audiences would keep returning for every film to keep up with the overarching story. A support beam of this increasingly fragile construct was the fact that this was a unique and new venture in cinema, and that many comic fans had never thought they’d see their beloved shared universe of superheroes replicated on the silver screen. 2012’s The Avengers/Avengers Assemble was the the culmination of all this, a film starring all of the Marvel Studios heroes fighting a truly cataclysmic threat. And it carried it off with a bravado rarely seen.

So the prospect of following The Avengers with the now comparatively low-key single hero film would clearly be a daunting prospect. The challenge was to make something that didn’t feel like a step down from The Avengers but couldn’t deliver action on as grand a scale.

Director Jon Favreau’s (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) replacement, Shane Black has wisely decided to make the drama come from a personal journey Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) takes in Iron Man Three (yes, Three) instead of trying to vainly compete with the action of the previous film. (more…)