Thursday, October 21, 2010

Iron Man 3 first details

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"Iron Man 3" is locked and loaded for a theatrical release on May 13, 2013, and while that date might seem far away, we already know a decent amount about the third chapter in the superhero's solo movie franchise.
From speculation on villains to possible filming techniques, there's a surprising amount of information already out there on the "Iron Man 3" front — and as the months and years go by building up to the third film's release, we're only bound to know more.
For your reading pleasure, we've gathered everything we already know about "Iron Man 3" for you in one convenient location.
THE VILLAIN: Let's start by acknowledging the elephant in the room: where the heck is the Mandarin? Already teased in the first two films, the ring-clad supervillain's presence is virtually guaranteed for round three. Jon Favreau has expressed his intention to pursue Mandarin for "Iron Man 3," and "Iron Man" actor Faran Tahir has pondered the possibility that his presumed dead character may actually be the Mandarin himself. For our part, we posted a Secret Identity column some months ago speculating on who could play the Mandarin. While no casting has panned out yet, we would be shocked if he isn't involved in the next "Iron Man" movie in some fashion.
THE STORY: As for the film's plot, well, it's still too early to say. With Tony Stark appearing in "The Avengers" prior to "Iron Man 3," perhaps some of the billionaire's newfound superhero pals will wind up in the threequel. Another possibility is that Tony's drinking problem will get the better of him in a story that mirrors the famous "Demon in a Bottle" arc, something that "War Machine" co-creator Bob Layton hinted at earlier this year.
For his own part, Robert Downey Jr. has "some pretty strong ideas" for the third "Iron Man," but he also stressed that these ideas "never seem to be too discordant with what the creative execs at Marvel are thinking anyways." That's a good sign! Hopefully, the Marvel execs are also paying attention to Gwyneth Paltrow. In May, the actress told us she wants to see Pepper Potts on the battlefield in "Iron Man 3," saying: "They'd have to mix it up a little, you know what I mean? I don't want to just keep sitting there with a head piece."
THE FORMAT: Even if Potts doesn't go into Rescue mode, the action is bound to be in-your-face in a very literal sense. Favreau has said that he's interested in pursuing 3-D for "Iron Man 3," with an IMAX release possible as well. Whether or not he pursues these avenues remains to be seen; but with a release date already targeted, it's just a matter of time before a whole slew of "Iron Man 3" details start flooding the gates.

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