COMIC BOOK REFERENCES: IRON MAN TRILOGY
PART 3: IRON MAN 3
Maya Hansen as an old friend/love interest of Stark.
Aldrich Killian was the co-creator of Extremis. However, he is a completely different character in the movie, who is also tied with the creation of A.IM., which was its own evil organization, unrelated to him. Aldrich Killian in the comics appeared only on two pages and has no effect on the plot. But, later on the film, the movie version speaks of how he almost wanted to end his life when he was on the rooftop waiting for Tony. In the Extremis story arc, Aldrich Kilian commits suicide.
Aldrich Killian bares resemblance to Morgan Stark, Tony Stark’s cousin. Who also was walking with a cane and wanted Tony to be involved with his business.
The individual pieces of the armor that can morph into one full piece have been in the comics since the 70s.
The iconic pose that first appeared on the cover of Iron Man vol.3 #76.
“Mandarin’s” visual design in the movie is reminiscent to what he generally looks like. He wears vibrant, Hanfu-like robes, has a long hair, and a beard.
Generally, Mandarin is portrayed as a young man, but in Iron Man: Director of SHIELD series he was portrayed much older.
“Mandarin” is a warlord leader who is revered by people.
The concept of human bombs has been featured in two Iron Man storylines – Manhunt and Five Nightmares.
In Manhunt, Happy gets injured and is in coma.
Tony Stark doesn’t play around with obnoxious reporters.
In Five Nightmares, Tony Stark’s building gets destroyed as an act of revenge from a villain.
Pepper in the comics became another version of Iron Man, known as Rescue.
Tony Stark wondering around snowy streets after his world gets tossed around is from Denny O’Neil’s Iron Man run.
Two Asian ladies help “Mandarin” with his getup.
Mandarin's on the phone.
Tony Stark in the comics loves children, as he even admitted to himself that he’d give everything to be a father.
In Most Wanted story arc, Tony Stark changed his appearance and went into hiding.
Tony Stark suffering from post-traumatic stress plays big part in Iron Man: Director of SHIELD series.
Aldrich Killian’s plan is similar to the plan of Zeke Stane, Obadiah Stane’s son. Who first appeared in the Five Nightmares story arc and who, like Killiain in the movie, was turning people into human bombs.
Tony Stark using his engineering skills to improvise.
Mandarin is not an actor in the comics, but he did use decoys to deceive his enemies. (Not really saying much, though...)
"Mandarin's" outfit from Revenge of the Mandarin storyline.
Extremis-enhanced people had the ability to breathe fire in the comics.
Tony & Rhodey acting as an action-movie duo.
Iron Man kills the main villain of the Extremis story by blasting his chest.
The “Flying Monkeys” scene can be an homage to Iron Man vol.1 #118.
Remote control device is from Dragon Seed Saga.
Iron Legion to the rescue.
Aldrich Killain's powers are similar to the lesser-known Iron Man villain, the Melter. Shane Black also jokingly referred to the character when he was asked who will be the villain of the movie.
While Aldrich Killain is clearly not the Mandarin and has no basic resemblance to the comic book character, according to Shane Black, he is meant to be a “loosely-based” version of him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So dragon tattoos on his body could be a reference to the Mandarin from Denny O’Neil’s run, where Mandarin did have tattoos – red dragon on a belly.
The “Clean Slate” protocol is similar to what Tony did in the second volume of Matt Fraction’s run, where he also destroyed all of his suits.
Tony Stark fixes his heart in Iron Man vol.1 #58.