Looks like shawarma doesn’t cure all ills. Still reeling from this battle alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes against an invading alien force in the conclusion of The Avengers, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) faces new enemies and his own demons in Iron Man 3. The debut trailer for the Shane Black-helmed sequel has hit the web, giving fans their first look at Ben Kingsley as iconic Iron Man villain Mandarin and some hints at the perils that Ol’ Shellhead must overcome this time around.
There’s certainly a lot riding on Iron Man 3, as it is the first post-Avengers film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After Stark joined forces with such fantastical characters as Thor, Captain America and Hulk to take on a maniacal demigod and hordes of snarling aliens, the onus was on Black to rein in the narrative and tell a grounded, more human story. Will he succeed? Watch the trailer and judge for yourself.
Iron Man 3 blasts into theaters in April 2013.