Iron Man 3 is almost here and there's still a lot that we aren't sure about. That's not necessarily a bad thing. One plot point in particular that we have been surprisingly low on details about is how the Extremis Virus be portrayed. We've had speculation, of course; fantasies of the way it could go. Then this tantalizing bit of tease from director comes along. Black fleshed out some of his take on Extremis to SFX (via Comic Book Movie).
The director stresses that they've tried to stick to the original essence of Extremis (click to refresh your memory on the details). Black specifically mentions how Extremis is going to be carried out, which in my opinion will either make or break this part of the story-line:
But the way they do it is the guy that does it is not some man chosen to be the super soldier - he's just a militia guy. There's an element of realism to it as well. So what we've tried to do is take this very science-fictiony concept of super people, and ground it in the type of people who volunteer for this being not necessarily super villains, but just people who upgrade. I love the idea of a super villain that doesn't wear a cape, that doesn't wear a super suit. That goes around dressed as you are right now.
The idea that Black is emphasizing realism is encouraging, since the Extremis Virus-as-nanotechnology concept could easily veer off into the realm of the ridiculous. (G.I. Joe I'm talking about you... among so many others.)
In fact, to drive home his notion that it can be done in a more "natural" way, he even tries to put a little bit of distance between Extremis and it being one-way technology:
But we've deliberately stayed away from defining, 'Oh it's nanites.' What we do keep from the comic is the idea that there's a slot in the brain that seems to have been dormant, but exists in human beings, almost as though it's waiting for human beings to find a way to fill it.It's been there forever.
I guess that where the "interesting special effect" he alludes to comes in. Needless to say, my curiosity on how they'll pull it off is most definitely piqued.
What do you expect now that Black has told us a little more on the Extremis Virus in Iron Man 3? Let me know in the comments!