Marvel studios president Kevin Feige told CHUD “that those expecting [Iron Man 2 to be] a ‘Demon in a Bottle’ storyline will be disappointed.”
Feige was referring to the critically acclaimed story “Demon in a Bottle” from the Iron Man comic book which examined Tony Stark/Iron Man’s descent into alcoholism and eventual recovery. The story ran over nine issues in 1979.
Feige went on to say, “”About midway through the film [Tony Stark] hits rock bottom. Rock bottom is not in an alley way with alcohol alongside a dumpster.” This somewhat counters original rumors about the film. And may disappoint fans who wished to see a cinematic version of one of superhero comics’ landmark stories. But, with the first Iron Man movie a favorite with adults and children alike, it’s probably a wise move to sidestep such adult storytelling.