Iron Man 3 Vetoes Alcoholism Plot
The famed "Demon in a Bottle" storyline will be left out of the new movie, says its producer.
Iron Man may protect the world, but he's no match for alcohol. However, Marvel producer Kevin Fiege has confirmed that Iron Man 3 will not focus on Tony Stark's descent into alcoholism, suggesting that it's too heavy a plot to fit into the movie. "He's not an alcoholic in the movies. Maybe one day that's a deeper story, but we're not going to do it unless we can make it a full-focused plot," says Fiege. The Iron Man comics featured the legendary 1979 "Demon In A Bottle" storyline, in which Stark develops alcohol addiction after several professional and personal disasters, including accidentally killing a man. The nine-issue arc—widely considered one of the best super hero sagas of the '70s—also portrays Stark admitting his problem and turning things around after Beth Cabe, a member of his security detail, tells him how alcoholism lead to the eventual death of her ex-husband. She then supports him through his withdrawal and recovery. Despite not being featured in the upcoming film, Stark's alcoholism will continue to be a defining element of his character. Jon Favreau, director of the first Iron Man installment, insists "Stark has issues with booze. That's part of who he is."