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Adi Granov Weighs in on "Iron Man 3" & "Extremis"

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  • Posted on 14th Sep, 2022 21:32 PM

"Extremis" artist Adi Granov talks to CBR about "Iron Man 3," revealing his current relationship with Marvel Studios and his experience seeing new designers carry on his work from the first two "Iron Man" films.

Adi Granov has arguably influenced Iron Man more than any other artist of his generation. Granov first helped redefine the character's design and powers with writer Warren Ellis for the 2005 Marvel Comics miniseries "Extremis," before going on to design the main armors for director Jon Favreau's "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2" films.

The current box office mega-hit "Iron Man 3" took its main inspiration from Granov's "Extremis" storyline, which introduced the Extremis virus and significantly increased Tony Stark's abilities and armors.


Granov recently spoke with Comic Book Resources about "Iron Man 3," revealing his thoughts on the film, how he felt it did at adapting "Extremis," why he's excited for the new "Guardians of the Galaxy" film, his current relationship with Marvel Studios and much more.

CBR News: Adi, what did you think of "Iron Man 3?"

In addition to his cover work, Granov's work can be seen on plenty of Marvel covers as well as the upcoming "Astonishing Captain America"

There are always talks about it, but it has to be the right project from many different perspectives. I did an issue of something coming out soon, but no immediate plans to do a whole book. If I was just to pencil it, then I could do it on a regular schedule, but everyone, including Marvel, want my painted style, and that is very time consuming and such a huge time commitment from my side, that it's hard to make work.

Which comic is coming out soon?

"Astonishing Captain America."

What other projects do you have coming up?

I am doing a lot of covers, a lot of advertising and packaging illustrations, some toy/statue designs, some game stuff, etc. It's been a very busy year so far.

What advertising are you working on? Do you do a lot of that type of work?

I do a lot of it as it's often tied in with the movies. I think my style connects the comic world well with the mainstream, so I am often asked to do packaging and licensing stuff related to Marvel properties. I can't talk about specific projects until the respective companies announce them. The most recent one which has been made public is packaging illustrations for an alloy Iron Man Mk7 figure from Play Imaginative, and design and illustration for the whole lineup of the "Avengers" figures from Kotobukiya, the sketch for which has been shown a while ago, but I believe the final hasn't yet. Marvel also often ask me to work on their various mainstream tie-ins with companies outside of entertainment, such as medical, military, etc., which I really enjoy doing as it's exposing my work and comics in general to completely different audiences.

"Iron Man 3" is in theaters now.

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