Director Shane Black Explains how he Incorporated the “Extremis” Storyline into IRON MAN 3
Iron Man, Iron Man, and more Iron man. Director Shane Black & co. have been extremely busy over the last few days with promotion on the upcoming blockbuster, Iron Man 3 – check out the new poster and theatrical trailer here. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Iron Man 3 is based on comic book writer Warren Ellis’ “Extremis” story arc, wherein Tony Stark is given the ability to basically link his mind to his technology. Ellis’ story arc is widely regarded as one of the best Iron Man stories, but there are many elements that present difficulty when translating the story from page to screen. Shane Black recently sat down with SFX Magazine to explain how he and co-writer Drew Pearce made it work. Hit the jump to take a look.
Directed by Shane Black, Iron Man 3 stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, and Rebecca Hall and hits theaters in the UK April 25th, 2013 and May 3rd, 2013 in the US.
In an interview with SFX Magazine, director Shane Black had this to say:
In the Extremis comic book, there’s a type of thing that takes over and basically upgrades DNA. Sometimes you die. But if you live through the experience then you come out this changed thing. But the way they do it is the guy that does it is not some man chosen to be the super soldier -he’s just a militia guy. There’s an element of realism to it as well. So what we’ve tried to do is take this very science-fictiony concept of super people, and ground it in the type of people who volunteer for this being not necessarily super villains, but just people who upgrade. I love the idea of a super villain that doesn’t wear a cape, that doesn’t wear a super suit. That goes around dressed as you are right now. As for the science of it, once again we’ve gone back to the comic books, and I think pretty much lifted the Maya Hensen idea, that she met [Tony] long ago and had the germ of an idea, which now has come to fruition full circle, but she’s afraid because it’s gotten out there. And we go from there. I think you’ll be interested in the effect that we generate to demonstrate what Extremis does to a human being. It’s a pretty interesting special effect. But we’ve deliberately stayed away from defining, ‘Oh it’s nanites.’ What we do keep from the comic is the idea that there’s a slot in the brain that seems to have been dormant, but exists in human beings, almost as though it’s waiting for human beings to find a way to fill it. It’s been there forever.
It’s no secret that the Marvel cinematic universe isn’t necessarily grounded in reality – seeing that many heroes and villains come from other places of the universe – so it’s interesting to note that Black understands that the story has some elements of realism to it. While it is very “science-fictiony,” it can still be grounded. Stay tuned for more details on Iron Man 3 as they unfold!