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Director Shane Black talks Extremis in Iron Man 3

March 7th, 2013 by Edwin Torres Jr Comments

Marvel has released a new high res version of their new poster for Iron Man 3, featuring a Tony Stark and Pepper Potts, who have seen better days.The trailer that dropped yesterday has fans hyped for this movie already. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.

Director Shane Black also recently talked to SFX Magazine about the film. He explained to them about the Extremis virus, and how it will be used in the film.

“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.”

Well that sounds pretty cool. You might have noticed in the trailer a regular person flipping over Iron Man.

In another interview with Fandango, the director also explained why Stark doesn’t call The Avengers for help saying,

“If you’re reading a stand-alone Iron Man comic, they don’t spend every other page explaining where every other Marvel character is. The audience kind of accepts that there are times when they’re on their own and there are times when they are together. I’m betting that movie audiences will feel the same way.”

After the letdown that was Iron Man 2, Marvel seems hell bent on making up for it, and then some.

So why can’t I sleep?

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Born and raised in NY, a self titled Nerd Jedi. He met his destiny at 5, with the snap-hiss of Luke's lightsaber in Star Wars. He's never looked back. He wields dual lightsabers, called Common Sense and Humor, and uses them in pursuit of all things Nerd. A husband and father, he still finds time for comics, video games, movies, and shows. You can follow his blog at or his Twitter @ed_pool

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