September 25, 2013
The 8 Things Iron Man 3 Borrowed from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Yesterday was a big day for semi-sequels to Marvel’s The Avengers, featuring the TV debut of Agents of SHIELD and the DVD release of Iron Man 3. When the latter was released in theaters, a lot was made of its Avengers references—the repeated invocations of what happened in New York, the line about when “the guy with the hammer fell from the sky,” etc. But watching the movie a second time, I was struck by how often it went out of its way to pay homage to another precursor: director Shane Black’s 2005 film, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
A quick recap: From the mid-’80s through the mid-’90s, Black was synonymous with Hollywood excess. His screenplays (Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, etc.) sold for small fortunes and took the cinematic art of blowing things up to its inevitable extremes. But after The Long Kiss Goodnight was a relative flop at the box office, Black essentially took a decade off before returning with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a cunning satire of the hard-boiled detective genre starring Robert Downey Jr. The movie didn’t make much money, but it was a cult hit. More important, it was a crucial step in the comeback of Downey, who’d only recently finished a stint in prison on drug charges. A few years later, Downey returned the favor, helping Black—who’d actually done some uncredited consulting on the first Iron Man—get the gig directing Iron Man 3.
Here are several of the nods that Black’s latest film makes back to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
Read more. [Image: Marvel; Silver Pictures]

The 8 Things Iron Man 3 Borrowed from Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Yesterday was a big day for semi-sequels to Marvel’s The Avengers, featuring the TV debut of Agents of SHIELD and the DVD release of Iron Man 3. When the latter was released in theaters, a lot was made of its Avengers references—the repeated invocations of what happened in New York, the line about when “the guy with the hammer fell from the sky,” etc. But watching the movie a second time, I was struck by how often it went out of its way to pay homage to another precursor: director Shane Black’s 2005 film, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

A quick recap: From the mid-’80s through the mid-’90s, Black was synonymous with Hollywood excess. His screenplays (Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout, etc.) sold for small fortunes and took the cinematic art of blowing things up to its inevitable extremes. But after The Long Kiss Goodnight was a relative flop at the box office, Black essentially took a decade off before returning with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, a cunning satire of the hard-boiled detective genre starring Robert Downey Jr. The movie didn’t make much money, but it was a cult hit. More important, it was a crucial step in the comeback of Downey, who’d only recently finished a stint in prison on drug charges. A few years later, Downey returned the favor, helping Black—who’d actually done some uncredited consulting on the first Iron Man—get the gig directing Iron Man 3.

Here are several of the nods that Black’s latest film makes back to Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

Read more. [Image: Marvel; Silver Pictures]

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