Marvel Announces ‘Iron Man 3′ Production With Hall of Armor Image

Published 3 years ago by , Updated June 4th, 2012 at 12:43 pm,

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We have recently seen a slew of unofficial rumors and images leaking from the set of Iron Man 3, and while the speculation has been exciting, it’s always better to get something official.

Today Marvel Studios is officially announcing the start of production on Iron Man 3, with a purposefully vague press release about what the film will be about and who is involved. The studio has also released the first official Iron Man 3 production image, which takes us on an armored trip down memory lane.

Marvel Studios does loves its cinematic continuity (and many fans love it too) – and it’s in that spirit that this first Iron Man 3 production image acts as an echo of the first Iron Man 2 official image, released way back in April of 2009.

Check out the IM3 Hall of Armor production image (click for larger version):

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Now check out the first IM2 image:

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Of course the former is a set photo and the latter is a polished still from the film – but you get the connection. In the IM3 image we see the armors from all the preceding Iron Man films – and the one from The Avengers – which would constitute the Mark I – VII, for those keeping count.

(Not to nitpick – but just how did Tony Stark get the Mark I armor he designed in that cave into his armor hall? Last I remember, it had been shoddily reassembled in the stronghold of the Ten Rings terrorist organization, and left there to rust when Obidiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) double-crossed them. Ebay, maybe?)

Finally, check out what Marvel had to say – and conveniently did NOT say – about Iron Man 3 in their official press release:

Following in the footsteps of the record-breaking Marvel Studios’ release “Marvel’s The Avengers,” production on the highly anticipated film “Iron Man 3,” directed by Shane Black, has commenced production in Wilmington, North Carolina. The production schedule will also include locations in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, Miami, Florida and China.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, “Iron Man 3” returns Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as the iconic Super Hero character Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Gwyneth Paltrow (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,”) as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle (“Iron Man 2”) as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) as Happy Hogan. Set for release in the U.S. on May 3, 2013, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” marks the second feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009.

“Iron Man 3” continues the epic, big-screen adventures of the world’s favorite billionaire inventor/Super Hero, Tony Stark aka “Iron Man.”  Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film.  Executive producers on the project include Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard and Dan Mintz.

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The rest of the press release pretty much recounts the entire history of Marvel Studios’ accomplishments at the box office, and tells us NOTHING about the actual plot of Iron Man 3. They don’t even mention the ensemble of actors that have been added to the franchise (see below), or the general “Tony Stark combats a tech-terrorist threat” storyline we already know to be the premise. We basically learn here that Downey Jr., Paltrow, Favreau (as a character, not director) are all back, and that Tony Stark will have more ‘epic big-screen adventures’ that are now fully-funded by Disney. Yay.

For a more detailed breakdown of what is known about the film so far – beyond what Marvel is saying –  check out this list of prior articles:

  • Ben Kingsley is playing a villain role that is rumored to be The Mandarin (a background mastermind-type villain).
  • Guy Pearce is playing Aldrich Killian, a geneticist who creates a nanotech weapon that transforms humans into cyborgs.
  • Andy Lau is playing a scientist who aids Tony Stark.
  • Rebecca Hall (The Town) is the frontrunner to play a former science colleague of Tony’s who works with nanotechnology.
  • James Badge Dale and Ashley Hamilton will likely play henchman villains transformed into cyborgs (or some kind of tech-threat).
  • An armor design has been spotted on set, which suggests that either The Iron Patriot or Detriot Steel will be in the film.

Stay tuned as more Iron Man 3 news continues to unfold, as the threequel moves through production to make its May 3, 2013 release date.

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  1. How did he get back the Mark II? It’s with rhodey right? :))

    • Probably made a new suit…

        • Yeah, I saw it earlier today… yet ANOTHER villain (okay, villainous agency) for IM3!

          I’m thinking Guy Pearce’s character might be working for AIM at the beginning of the movie and that he then develops the virus, goes rogue and unleashed it upon the world himself (and with the help of the Mandarin).

          I dunno, with so many possible story lines and character involved, I find myself at a loss to come up with any real, plausible theories…

    • Rhodey told tony at end of IM2 he could have his suit back

      • Ooh good point! But how will that affect the “Iron Patriot Armor is actually War Machine” rumor?

    • If you read the Iron Man 3 prelude comic it will cover the events from the end of Iron Man II to the beginning of Iron Man III. It will explain how Stark has the Mark II, why Rhodes was not in the avengers and Rhodes new war machine armor.

  2. I thought Obidiah took everything, including the Mark I armour after he double-crossed them.

    He would have had to take it with him to base his own larger prototype on.

    • You’re right.

    • Obadiah’s dead, and all that stuff is back in Stark’s possession.

  3. Tony probly got the Mark 1 armour back from SHIELD sometime after they found it when they went to arrest Obidiah Stain.

  4. WallyWest is right about the MK1 armor. Tony said in the first IM movie he didn’t want it falling into the wrong hands. and as to the MK2 suit maybe Rodney gave it back to him on oredrs from S.H.E.I.L.D.

  5. I want to see extremist in this FLIM at the end as a new method to engage the suit. As they did the pod suit flying out the window. IT WAS SO COOL.

  6. Man I’m gonna be super pissed if Marvel lets Shane Black continue without putting the Mandarin with his power rings in this movie. All because he doesn’t like the character, last I checked this wasn’t his own personally funded project for him to do as he pleases

    • “Last I remember, it had been shoddily reassembled in the stronghold of the Ten Rings terrorist organization, and left there to rust when Obidiah Stane (Jeff Bridges) double-crossed them. Ebay, maybe?)”

      Stane killed all the terrorists, and ordered his goons to gather up the suit materials & take it with them. When Stane was killed, Stark got all his stuff back (since Stane had it stashed away in the lab below the arc reactor).

  7. Don’t know if this was answered yet or not but if you recall Obidiah had the mark one shipped back when he went to see the ten rings terrorist. As he used its design as a premise to build his Iron Monger Suit. The parts for said mk 1 were left at Stark Industries in the building with the Arc reactor.

  8. Actually the Mark I armor was taken by Obadiah Stane to reverse engineer the technology and create Iron Monger.

  9. im sorry to say this but some information in this article is in correct Obadiah Stane ttok the mark 1 armor with him you can see it under the arc reactor as he builds the iron monger i assumed it was destoryed when the arc reactor was , anyways whats to say tony didnt just rebuild it to put in his hall of armor he is senimental now that he servived death from his chest piece in IM2

  10. How to make all them ironmans