Secret Invasion’s second episode cued the Tremendous Skrull program, with a tease that Gravik needs to reinforce his species with attributes from Frost Beasts, Cull Obsidian, and the fan-favourite Groot. There was a throwaway point out of Extremis, which MCU purists will bear in mind is a convoluted plot level of Iron Man 3. We noticed the payoff of this in “Betrayed,” as an enraged Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) stabbed a knife into Gravik’s hand. The Skrull basic pulled his hand backwards and watched the wound heal earlier than his eyes.
As a refresher, the Extremis virus was the creation of Man Pearce’s Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3. The bookish physician co-created Extremis with Maya Hansen (Rebecca Corridor), realising nanotechnology might assist the human physique regenerate. The potential of Extremis was largely written off when Kilian went down in a flame of mediocrity in Iron Man 3’s CGI-logged finale, however with regenerating Tremendous Skrulls packing the punch of Cull Obsidian and Groot, Black’s maligned film is abruptly related once more.
The Iron Man 3 Drawback
Very similar to how Secret Invasion is an MCU-ified model of the 2008 comedian crossover of the identical identify, Iron Man 3 tried to adapt Warren Ellis and Adi Granov’s “Extremis” miniseries of 2005-2006 however acquired itself sidetracked. Serving as one thing of a sequel to 2012’s The Avengers, Iron Man 3 had the chances stacked in opposition to it. In simply 5 years, we’d had an entire trilogy of Iron Man films earlier than we’d seen the Guardians of the Galaxy, Physician Unusual, or Captain Marvel.
Nevertheless, even in the event you take away iconic scenes just like the Malibu mansion assault and the very fact it’s the MCU’s first Christmas film, it’s nonetheless clear to see what Iron Man 3 might’ve been. It’s the one Iron Man film that basically dived into the person behind the go well with. Though Iron Man 3 didn’t fairly break into the realms of the acclaimed “Demon in a Bottle” comedian arc, we handled Tony’s PTSD after he went on a suicide mission into area on the finish of The Avengers.
Each Corridor and Black have spoken out about how Maya Hansen was dealt with, and after Corridor claimed she was missold her “diminished” position, Black confirmed his unique plan for Hansen to be the large unhealthy. Black advised Uproxx how Disney execs had been unconvinced in regards to the concept of a feminine villain because of its potential lack of toy gross sales. Whether or not the sweet-as-pie Hansen giving us a jaw-dropping villain flip would’ve labored or not, there’s unhealthy blood about her character’s underwhelming dealing with. As an alternative, Extremis and Killian are two utterly forgettable components of the MCU’s generally murky previous.
The ghost of Iron Man 3 haunts the MCU, and in Black’s personal phrases, the All Hail the King One-Shot was created to undo his Mandarin twist. Nonetheless, the dangling threads of Iron Man 3 current some fascinating alternatives. If we’re revisiting the thought of Extremis in Secret Invasion, there’s a possible to discover extra of Superior Concept Mechanics. Regardless of A.I.M. being up there with H.Y.D.R.A. when it comes to Marvel villainy, we’ve already moved previous Killian and determined to disregard M.O.D.O.Okay.’s potential connection to the shadowy assume tank.