The writer and director of Iron Man 3 have revealed that they were instructed not to incorporate the elements of classic Iron Man comic series ‘Demon in a Bottle’ into the upcoming Marvel sequel.
Shane Black and Drew Pearce told Comic Book Movie that the story of Tony Stark being an alcoholic was considered for IM3, but ultimately scrapped once Marvel bosses made their position clear.
Shane: “I think we were just told by the studio that we should probably paint Tony Stark as being kind of an industrialist and a crazy guy, or even a bad guy at some points, but the Demon in a Bottle stuff of him being an alcoholic wouldn’t really fly. I don’t blame that.”
Drew: “It’s also kind of a ‘pick your battles’ thing; alcoholism is a massive problem but it’s also not the best villain for a movie.”
Shane: “If you’re gonna do alcoholism and the Mandarin, then you would really have to make the whole movie about it…”
Drew: “Otherwise you’ll be giving it the short drift.”
Iron Man 3 is in UK cinemas this coming Friday, and out in the US a week later.