But it will 'seriously dig' into the character of Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr

Producer Kevin Feige has revealed that Iron Man 3 is “not a serious movie”.

Iron Man 3 began shooting in North Carolina over the summer. It will be Robert Downey Jr‘s fourth outing as Tony Stark, a billionaire inventor who creates a powered suit of armour and turns himself into a superhero. He previously played Stark in 2008’s Iron Man, 2010’s Iron Man 2 and this year’s The Avengers.

Last month (October 2012), the first Iron Man 3 trailer was unveiled. After watching it, fans began speculating that the new movie could be darker and less comic than its predecessors.

However, new comments from franchise producer Kevin Feige seem to dismiss these suggestions. Feige told The West Australian: “It’s not a serious movie, but we seriously dig into exploring more of Tony. The trick is just trying to make great movies. We try to make them all great, all different and all fresh. What you’ll see in Iron Man 3 is some very unique directions that were taken.”

Meanwhile, director Shane Black revealed that Iron Man 3 will not try to compete with The Avengers in terms of scale. He explained: “We’re not aiming for bigger, necessarily. We’re aiming for different and fresh and new. It’s all about capturing that lightning-in-a-bottle feel, about trying to get as much into this as we can. We’re looking to get a tonne of thrills into a short space, to make a nice little stew for you.”

Iron Man 3 is scheduled for release next May (2013). It also stars Ben Kingsley as Stark’s nemesis, The Mandarin, and Guy Pearce as another villain. Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle are both reprising their roles from previous Iron Man movies, but Scarlett Johansson, who appeared as Black Widow in Iron Man 2, is not returning this time.