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'Iron Man 3' Will Not Highlight Tony Stark's Alcohol Addiction

November 1, 2011 (7:05 am) GMT
Director Shane Black says he will not adapt the story of 'Demon in a Bottle' for the upcoming 'Iron Man' sequel because he doesn't want the whole story to be focused on Stark's alcoholism.

Shane Black has made sure that "" will not highlight the dark side of Tony Stark as the character deals with alcohol problem. The director confirmed that he will not adapt the story of "Demon in a Bottle", which follows Stark's struggle to quit his addiction to alcohol, in the upcoming third film about Marvel Comic's armored hero.

Speaking to Comic Book Resources at the Long Beach Comic Con, Black explained the reason why he wouldn't put the focus on Stark's alcoholism in the upcoming film. "Because if we go there, it's part of Tony's character, but I think the 'Demon in a Bottle' aspect, if you go there, you really have to go there," he said. "The film then becomes about that, because the journey that involves recovering from alcoholism is an entire movie."

Black continued that although he wants "Iron Man 3" to be darker, he doesn't want to put the focus on Stark's negative life. He said, "I mean, I want to keep it dark and interesting and edgy and spicy and all those things, but I don't think we want to go as far as to deal with Tony's descent into alcoholic madness. That's maybe not where we want to be."

It has recently been announced that "Iron Man 3" will be shot primarily in North Carolina, although the first two "" movies were filmed in Marvel's own studio in Manhattan Beach, California. The production is expected to begin in early 2012, as the film is scheduled to hit U.S. theaters on May 3, 2013. will reprise his role as Stark a.k.a Iron Man.

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