"Iron Man 3" trailer depicts Air Force One bombing

The next Marvel movie will be at least somewhat political, judging by its trailer

By Daniel D'Addario
March 5, 2013 10:06PM (UTC)
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In this film publicity image released by Paramount Pictures,a scene is shown from, "Iron Man 2." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Industrial Light and Magic) (AP)

So much for the villainous aliens of "The Avengers."

The new trailer for "Iron Man 3," just released, depicts a newly elected president swearing revenge on supervillain "The Mandarin," just before Air Force One is bombed and government officials float through the air.


The Marvel series of comic-book movies have always lightly dabbled in politics -- Tony Stark, the titular "Iron Man," is a weapons contractor who's under perpetual scrutiny from the government, while his fellow Avenger Captain America is a jingoistic figure of American can-do optimism. They're far from the three movies depicting coups and paramilitary overthrows of the president coming out this year (those would be "White House Down," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" and "Olympus Has Fallen").

The franchise is better known for action than real-world resonance of any sort. But a plot hinging on vengeance against a globally known terrorist striking back against American power may indicate that we'll be seeing more and more movies tinted with themes that wouldn't feel out of place in a Kathryn Bigelow movie.

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