It seems the flood gates have opened for all things Iron Man 3. While Avengers is still making gang busters in DVD and Blu-Ray sales Marvel wants to get you focused on Phase 2 of their cinematic universe. Iron Man 3 will be the first up to bat when it hits on May 3rd, 2013. Over the weekend a bunch of official shots have hit the web in anticipation for the first trailer hitting TOMORROW. We have collected what has been released so far. Hit the jump for the highlights, and then take a look at the full gallery.
First up Marvel.com has released the first poster for the film showcasing the hall of suits and Tony wearing pieces of his next set of armor. The full set was shown off at Comic-Con this year and looks very interesting with a whole new color scheme. If you have not seen that yet don’t worry we have it in this article. Now that we have a poster, lets give you the official synopsis from Marvel Studios.
Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of Tales of Suspense (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with The Invincible Iron Man (#1) in May of 1968.
Iron Man 3 is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Charles Newirth, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film releases May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.
Next up, let me show you what very well may be my favorite pic so far!
This is my front runner for favorite so far, the first look at what fans are calling the “Iron Patriot” Armor. Fans of the comics will recognize this suit as the one Norman Osborn wears after stealing it from Tony Stark, but obviously Osborn will be nowhere near these films so the man under the suit is someone different. *POSSIBLE SPOILER*
It’s being said that Rhodey (Don Cheadle) will be wearing this armor as an upgrade to his War Machine suit. It’s also not confirmed with this will actually be called the Iron Patriot Armor or go under a different name. What happens to the suit beyond that is something you will have to wait till May to find out.
The last big pic we want to highlight is just below!
Our first official shot of the Mandarin is here! The character’s involvement in the 3rd film has been a mystery until recently. When Director Shane Black first came on board he made it clear that Mandarin was not going to be in the film. Obviously this was either smoke and mirrors or Marvel did what Marvel does and told Mr. Black “Oh hell no, we gotta have Mandarin”. The choice of actor couldn’t be better as Academy Award Winner Ben Kingsley steps in as Stark’s nemesis. Kingsley, despite his level of talent that would leave people to believe he would be picky in his roles, enjoys character work. The best example of this is his reasoning for signing onto the wretched Uwe Boll film “Bloodrayne” for nothing else other than he wanted to play a vampire. This could prove to be the strongest villain to come along in the Marvel Cinematic Universe since Loki.
There are obviously more pics to see, so take a look at the gallery for these above shots and MORE!