Kevin Feige: "No Iron Man 3 pressure"

April 12th, 2013

'Iron Man 3' has ''no pressure'' to be bigger than 'The Avengers'.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has insisted that the forthcoming action flick - which sees Robert Downey Jr. reprise his role as the metal-clad crime fighter - isn't expected to be bigger or more action-packed than last year's superhero team-up movie and will instead focus on developing the Tony Stark character.

He told Total Film magazine: ''Coming off 'The Avengers', there was no pressure to make it bigger. What's going to be bigger than 'Avengers' - are you going to crack the planet in half? The destruction of Tony's house [at the hands of new rival The Mandarin] and all the sequences that follow relate to the character's journey.''

The new movie will follow the aftermath of last year's blockbuster - which saw Iron Man, Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) unite to save the planet - in which Downey's character had a close brush with death, leaving him a shell of his former self.

Feige said: ''The events of 'The Avengers' have very much had an impact on Tony and his psyche. This is the personal Tony Stark story. There's no S.H.I.E.L.D., no Nick Fury. This is about exploring who Tony Stark is.''

Downey added: ''The tone of the movie is a little different than the other Marvel movies so far. It's no mystery that Tony has a little PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder] from what happened in New York [in 'The Avengers'] and he's struggling. He's messed up.''

'Iron Man 3' is out on April 26.