Marvel Releases First Image from Iron Man 3 Set
06.04.12 by Ryan
With The Avengers still breaking box office records — it's now the third highest-grossing movie ever — Marvel Studios is now moving on with Iron Man 3, officially announcing the start of production in Wilmington, N.C. With the announcement comes a photo from the set showing either Robert Downey Jr. or his stand-in looking at the assorted Iron Man armors with pieces of the armor in the foreground.
Rumors are already swirling about what's in store for fans in the third installment, and Marvel has countered with an impressive plot summary that was included in the production announcement: "Iron Man 3 continues the epic, big-screen adventures of the world’s favorite billionaire inventor/super hero, Tony Stark aka 'Iron Man.'" Yeah, no "spoiler alert" needed there. The announcement doesn't even mention that the sequel will be loosely based on comic book writer Warren Ellis' Extremis storyline from the Iron Man comic books.
Downey Jr., Jon Favreau (Happy Hogan), Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), and Don Cheadle (Lt. James "Rhodey" Rhodes, aka War Machine) are all said to be reprising their roles from previous Iron Man movies, but none of the sequel's new cast was mentioned in the announcement. Rebecca Hall and Guy Pearce are set to co-star as a "sexy scientist every bit as smart" as Tony Stark and geneticist Aldrich Killian, respectively, while Ashley Hamilton will play government cyborg Firepower and James Badge Dale has been cast as Eric Savin, aka the cyborg Coldblood (though, beware of the spoilers, Dale could be getting his own set of armor as well).
Obviously, Marvel was trying to do its best to keep some secrets in store for Iron Man 3, which may be why none of the new characters were mentioned, particularly Ben Kingsley, who is rumored to be playing the Mandarin by every website on the world wide web. With shooting now officially underway, expect more set photos to reveal some of those mysteries before a trailer is released. On Locations Vacations reports that the set photo Marvel released was taken in Wilmington's EUE/Screen Gems Studio, but that shooting will take place today and tomorrow at "Caitboo Ave behind Crossroads Cinema in Cary, N.C." and that Wednesday will see the production move to "SAS campus" in Cary. Shooting will also eventually take place in Miami, Florida, and China.
Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is directing Iron Man 3 from a script he co-wrote with Drew Pearce.