'Iron Man 3': Why doesn't Tony Stark just call The Avengers?

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"Iron Man 3" is the first Marvel movie to come after the ensemble superhero flick "The Avengers," so it faces a unique dilemma. The film needs to find a way to explain why, after Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow came together to save the Earth from an extraterrestrial threat, Tony Stark just summon his allies when he faces an enemy of his own.

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige answered that issue during a recent roundtable interview, /Film reports. It turns out that question is addressed in "Iron Man 3," though Feige doesn't think it needs to be.

"I am betting that like the comics you don't have to keep -- if you are reading a standalone 'Iron Man' comic, they don't spend every page explaining where every other Marvel hero is," he says. "The audience kind of accepts that there are times when they're on their own and there are times when they are together. I'm betting that movie audiences will feel the same way."

Feige continued, "That being said, there is a little bit of lip service here and there to that. There is also just the very nature of Tony wants to, once he barely survives that house attack you saw [in the trailer], and even you saw it in the message he left for Pepper, he's basically saying 'I'm going off the grid to try to figure something out.'"

"Iron Man 3" stars Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley. It's due out on May 3.

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