Tony Stark has ‘post-traumatic stress’ in Iron Man 3

Feige says character changed by events of The Avengers

Marvel top dog Kevin Feige has been talking about ‘Iron Man 3’, in particular Tony Stark’s mental state.

In an interview with MTV, he said: "So much of the journey is informed by Tony's experiences in 'The Avengers’. It's almost like post-traumatic stress".

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Having a rough time... Iron Man 3 (Credit: Disney)
“He has retreated after the events of ‘The Avengers’ into his workshop, where he's building advanced versions of his suits. He has a version of the suit that can latch onto him in individual pieces ... anytime, anywhere.”

"He starts to realise he doesn't want to be out of the suit. He's seen a lot of things in ‘Avengers’ and has encountered a lot of powerful people, much more powerful than he is.”

“It brings us back to the Tony we met in the first part of ‘Iron Man’, where he’s removed from that convoy and brought to the cave with nothing but a box of scraps.”

“It’s fun for all of us to watch Tony try to figure out how to get out of that scenario”, said Feige. “Much of the movie is Tony in the middle of the country without his tools and a fairly broken suit to help him. But that's his superpower: his power is his brain. It's fun to put Tony Stark in a corner with nothing and see how he can get out of it."

The Marvel man also gave us precious hints about Stark’s nemesis The Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley, calling the character a “relentless” and “non-stop threat”:
Intimidating... Kingsley as The Mandarin (Credit: Disney)
"We felt there was leeway to explore the Mandarin in a way that hasn't been explored before,” he said. "We found we couldn't point to any sort of definitive Mandarin story in the comics, so we did an amalgamation.”

Iron Man 3, starring Robert Downey Jr., opens in the UK 26 April 2013.

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