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SPOILER ALERT! Iron Man will save the falling airplane passengers using a tactic lifted from a board game
In the film's nail-biting Super Bowl spot, a mid-air action sequence sees Tony desperately attempting to save more than a dozen plummeting airplane passengers following a terrorist attack. So how in the world does he accomplish the miraculous feat of rescuing 13 individuals who have been sucked out of an airplane mid-flight? See below for the spoilerific answer.
"Our writers had a great idea," said Feige, "which played to the theme of putting Tony in a situation that you don’t know how he’s going to get out of. Shane and Drew’s idea was basically to throw 13 people out of an airplane and have Jarvis tell Tony he can only carry four of them. So how in the world, as they’re plummeting to their death, is Iron Man going to be able to save them all?
"And they came up with this notion of 'Barrel of Monkeys,' this Hasbro game, where you connect all the monkeys together and see how many of these little plastic monkeys you can latch together by their fingers. And Tony begins to fly down and begins to grab onto people and tells those people to grab onto the next person. And suddenly with this great show of teamwork you have 13 people all latched onto each other with Iron Man blowing his repulsors to stop their fall."