In less than ten minutes, if everything goes to plan, Shane Black, Rebecca Hall, Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle and Drew Pearce will be taking their seats for the London Iron Man 3 press conference.
Once it gets going, we’ll be updating you live.
Now, the presence of Downey pretty much guarantees some sharp turns and surprises, and Ben Kingsley is always good value at these things too.
Didn’t he do well, folks, didn’t he do well?
I tried not to paraphrase anybody there, and if I did, it was only slightly. And I didn’t really leave much out.
And that’s it. No questions about the post credits sequence, which I thought was inevitable.
Downey says that Hall did them “a big solid” by “classing up the joint.”
Downey is ignoring the question saying “I don’t know how to answer that question… but I’m happy that people are loving the films” and so on.
It’s about how Richard Branson and Donald Trump would cope if they had to live a day in the life of Tony Stark.
We’re getting the last question now…
Paltrow says she’d never have thought about being in “a comic book movie” but she’s so happy that this has been her “main job” for the last six years.
Pearce did make a joking reference to Downey not having signed on for any more. Something like “If there’s even going to be a fourth one… Robert?”
The Downton Abbey jokes in the film – no, really – were apparently Jon Favreau’s idea. He thought the themes were appropriate.
Pearce has just given a shout out to Warren Ellis and Matt Fraction. And he’s right, it’s very appropriate to do so.
Somebody has just asked the whole panel if there are any comics stories they’d like to see adapted. Drew Pearce says “Obviously, I have no idea what is happening next… but Joss is a brilliant arbiter of taste… he’ll dip into the canon I’m sure.”
Despite being told not to, a member of the press has just asked Gwyneth Paltrow a personal question. It was, simply, if her family liked the film. And they apparently did. So now he knows, and soon so will his readers. So… that… all… worked… out… well… then…
Shane Black and Robert Downey Jr. just made some joking references about not talking now, “success has driven us apart.” Drew Pearce has chipped in with “I hate it when Mum and Dad fight.”
Downey says he had a fun time making this movie. He says that the Marvel movies are genre films but they do take them very seriously.
Downey has been asked if he’d direct a Marvel movie. He said “You mean just eliminate the middle man?”
Shane Black believes that modern films will look and sound great but the stories aren’t always up to snuff. He says that as long as he can collaborate with people like Downey, he knows they’re going to make “a shape” or “a stew” – by which he means a story with content and structure, I assume.
Downey is making Rebecca Hall laugh. Sadly the mics are not picking it up.
Shane Black has been asked if there’s going to be a Kiss Kiss Bang Bang follow up. “It would be nice wouldn’t it? But… no. It just didn’t make the coffers overflow. Nobody was paying to see Kiss Kiss Bang Bang when they needed it.”
Downey has been asked a question about his training by a fitness magazine. Downey says that his motivation to exercise is getting asked questions by fitness magazines.
Downey says that he and Cheadle would “throw” a lot at Kingsley in improv, but he would bat it all back like… some sports metaphor that lost me.
Downey says that Stark has to be shown as “freaked out” in a post-Avengers world.
A student just got up to ask a question… well, apparently. He started with a minute’s worth of platitudes, many for Downey who was encouraging him to keep the compliments coming, with a wink. Downey’s response “Let’s have dinner.”
Shane Black is discussing the co-financing deal with China. He says it isn’t something he knows a lot about, but he participated as needs be. It was a pretty vague answer and certainly didn’t give any clues as to how the Chinese cut will differ from the Western one.
Suffice to say, there’s a huge turning point in the middle of the film. A massive reveal. The scene was tightly planned and scripted but, Black says, the cast made it feel like improv.
They’re now discussing a very key spoiler. I don’t know if I should share any of this…
Downey says that he wants viewers to talk about “Whether terrorism is driven by the media” adding “without getting political.”
Robert and Don are being asked who had the best suit – Iron Man or Iron Patriot. Robert says that “We just wanted to get to the point where the kids are asking that question.”
Don Cheadle says he thinks he is perfect in every way and wouldn’t need any super powers.
Ben Kingsley says “I do think the film explores the outside, the suit” in many ways. He comments on how the moments of “terrific violence” are always followed by tenderness or character.
A little girl just said “This question is for the cast and director.” So, everybody but Drew Pearce, then. Don’t take it personally, Drew. Maybe she thinks you were in the film.
Black calls Jon Favreau “a goddamned prince,” saying he was the most “gracious, helpful participant in this process.”
Shane Black says that the objective was to make a film that seemed like it needed to feel inevitable, the story that it seemed like was always planned, not just made because the other films were successful.
This is where the Croydon reference will get the biggest cheer. A cinema there. I know.
Rebecca Hall on what attracts Maya Hansen to Tony Stark: “No idea.”
Downey is reiterating that the plan was not to outdo The Avengers in spectacle, but to go for downscaled character stuff. He jokes that the next film will be just him and Rebecca Hall and be called Iron Man 4: Parade’s End.
Ben Kingsley says that he received a great welcome into the Marvel family. He puts it down to the team’s confidence in the Marvel movieverse.
A tiny espresso indicates that he’s not compensating for anything at all. Will Croydon be the new Mewling Quim?
Pearce is commenting on how the first Iron Man provided the template for this one. He managed to get the particular Iron Man tone right by following that – and by working with Shane Black.
Everybody has just applauded Drew Pearce for managing to mention Croydon in the script. Well-earned applause.
Oh, what a surprise – Downey is absolutely milking it. He has a tiny espresso.
I am seeing the film tonight, I didn’t know if I was allowed to say. But Brendon says I am, so I guess I can. I wonder if I’ll see anyone cosplaying at Thatcher?
And here is Edith Bowman to get things going. We’ll be underway before you know it.
Some Bleeding Cool readers are seeing it tonight too, because they listened to last week’s podcast and entered the competition. Still, the review embargo means we can’t review the film until next week. But as soon as we can, we’ll review the heck out of it.
And yes, the fact that I’m here does mean that I’ve seen the film. And Rich is going to be seeing later, aren’t you, Rich?
I’m sitting next to Ben Mortimer, a sometime Bleeding Cool contributor, producer of films you almost certainly haven’t seen and Captain America’s shield model.
It’s worth noting that Iron Man 3 completes Downey’s contractual obligations to Marvel Studios. There’s an assumption that he’ll be back for The Avengers sequel but it’s not set. Yet.
We’re about five minutes behind schedule now. Anybody want to take a punt on when things will actually get going? Maybe Baroness Thatcher’s funeral has impacted everybody else’s travel the way it will mine.
I am here. And not very well. But I’ve seen a doctor and it’s unlikely that I’ll be snuffed out by the end of the press conference. If I do suddenly go quiet…
Brendon’s there, but I’m not. Robert Downey Jr coughed to earning around $50,000,000 on Avengers. With that he could actually commission an actually working Iron Man suit, surely? What’s it like for a really rich man to play an even richer man?