That’s what I deduce from this new poster, anyway. Seriously, how does Ben Kingsley manage to do so much more damage than a Viking demigod and an army of aliens?
Maybe the Superbowl trailer will reveal more; in the meantime, the ten-second tease confirms what most of us already knew – it’s Rhodey in the patriotically painted costume. And Iron Man gets his ass kicked. Maybe this will all be a smart meta-commentary on how annoying it is that Robert Downey Jr. is now everywhere, acknowledging that sometimes it might feel good to smack the smirk off his face and the smart out of his mouth. I have faith in Shane Black to do just that.
Nahh, we still love you, Robert. But showing your vulnerable side is smart.
And if Happy Hogan gets punched in the mouth while another character accuses him of screwing up back when Whiplash was around, my theory will be proven correct.
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist