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. I want that room.

  2. awsome, it looks really cool.

  3. is that the avengers suit at the end right and do they go in order from oldest to newest (left to right). Cant wait to see some thor 2 pictures later this year hopefully.

    • Yeah, they go in order from left to right. The far right is the Mark VII from the final battle in The Avengers.

    • Yup. Mark I through Mark VII, left to right. In Avengers he started in Mark VI and at the end was wearing Mark VII.

  4. in the first iron man, at the point where stane goes and powers up his armor to fight tony, in that room is the mark 1 armor that the terrorists salvaged, im guessing it survived the explosion that killed stane, and tony took it back

    • it most likely did since it was designed to withstand explosions like it showed at the beginning of the movie

    • Yup.

    • If you remember in the first Iron Man movie Stane went and got the Mark 1 from the terrorists in order to build his Iron Monger armor. And Pepper and the Shield Agnets went to arrest Obadiah and they looked at the Mark 1 first and saying “I thought it would be bigger?”

  5. Probably gonna see a lot of questions regarding the condition of certain armors and how these are still in there. My theory is this (Tony is Nostalgic. Maybe he is inspired to see the evolution of his greatest invention on display!)


    Mark I – Tony retrieved and reconstructed this after IM1. The Mark I was in the lab with Iron Monger and can be seen getting knocked down when Iron Monger busts out. Tony goes back, collects all the pieces and puts it back together for display.

    Mark II – This is either the original, which Tony reverse engineered out of the War Machine armor (removing all the Hammer and USAF add-ons, etc). OR, this is a duplicated version of the original.

    Mark V – My thought was the suitcase armor was always a one off. Tony had several suitcases he would take with him and use them as needed. Once the armor was deployed and used, it would not automatically collapse down, but would have to be recycled into a new suitcase. The one on display is one of several and has been rendered obsolete due to the new mobile deployment option of the Mark VII.

    Mark VII – This armor has the mobile deployment option, but can also be assembled on Tony using his gantries. The mobile deployment option would only be used if Tony was not at home and needed the armor flown out to him. If this was the case, Tony would call up Jarvis, Jarvis would configure the Mark VII into it’s rocket mode, and fly it out to Tony.

    • I’m wondering, if he indeed recreated the Mk1 and Mk2, why he didn’t fix the Mk3? All of the other armor has been repaired, why keep the Mk3 scratched except for remembering the pain of his uncle-figure betraying him? He had to have recreated the helmet, as Iron Monger crushed the original.

      • The Mark 3 was never fixed because if it was Rhodey would have taken the MK3 and had an actual Iron Man suit rather than taken a prototype. The real question in terms of continuity is why did he bother repair the MK5. Especially if he was working on mobile deployable MKVII

  6. Not to nitpick but, it was Jeff Bridges not Jeff Daniels

    • WOW! Don’t know how I did that! Thanks!

    • Nice catch, but the thought of Daniels playing that role made me laugh.

  7. About the Mark I suit, I think in Iron man 2 it had a plague on it that said “Recreation” implying that it isn’t really the Mark I suit

  8. Yes!!! I am so super stoked for this!!!!!!!! It sounds like it’s gonna be amazing!!!! Can’t wait for more updates!!

  9. i like to think that tony stark has display versions of his armour made up, he’s that kind of person who likes to show off, even if just to himself

  10. Note for the Editors: Obidiah Stane was played by Jeff Bridges in Iron Man, not Jeff Daniels are reported.

    • Good catch! Luckily they changed it or they’d have or they’d have Iron Monger, Flynn, and Roster Cogburn on there butts.

  11. I like to think of his Hall of Armor as a testament to what he has accomplished, and the lives he has save with each Unit.

  12. Hey Kofi,

    Just to clarify, the Mark 1 armor, that Tony built in the cave as a prisoner, was retrieved and placed into Sector 16 (i think), a part of Stark Industries, where the Iron Monger armor was built. Remember the scene when Pepper and the SHIELD agents went to arrest Obadiah,who stole Tonys arc reactor from his chest, and after Pepper discovered his scheme?

    Agent Coulson : “So he was building a suit”
    Pepper : “I thought it would be bigger..”

    Probably at some point between Obadiahs defeat, and Iron Man 2, the armor was moved back to Tonys place in Malibu.

    Hope this helps!


    • ^ I agree with Oz’s explanation.

    • Thanks!

  13. Any of the Mark armor can be re-created by Jarvis … not a biggie how it was retrieved.

  14. Cool! Can’t wait! I’m not sure if I’ll like the cyborg type storyline they are going for, but I havn’t read the comics it’s based on so it could be great. I’ll just have to wait and see…or read the comics!

  15. Fim Fang Foom!!!

  16. Tony looks a bit tired and weary in the second image. As if he is contemplating his array of armor and perhaps thinking it is not enough to combat whatever threat faces in this new movie.

    • Nah, he’s just thinkin’ about how he’s going to spend the NEXT 50 mil he will get for this picture.

    • You mean the picture from Iron Man 2 where he’s dying of palladium poisoning? 😉

      • Haha!

  17. All I hope for this movie is that 68 year old Sir Ben Kingsley is not the real Mandarin…

  18. The mark I was brought by Obadiah to his lab below the arc reactor. Remember Pepper’s line “I thought it would be bigger” before the Iron Monger busted out to wreak havoc galore?

  19. Look at the screen Stark is looking at, looks like a blood sample, but a different color, maybe so he can see the virus? Maybe its the Hulk blood, after all, this movie already has a ton of villains so why not add another hero to the mix 😉

    Next, look at the box on the desk in the same image, WTF is that? Looks old as hell, maybe it has to do with the Mandarin?

    • The 2nd picture is from Iron Man 2, not Iron Man 3. The screen he is looking at is the Monaco race tracker and wooden box is where he stored the palladium cores. :)

      • No wonder, sneaky bastards.

  20. The screen on his left (right in the picture) is of the Monaco Grand Prix circuit. Wonder if he’s planning a return, considering his last race there was rudely interrupted by Mickey Rourke.

    • The 2nd picture is from Iron Man 2, not Iron Man 3.

  21. Brandon / Jeff – look at the caption – that pic is from IM2.

    Speaking of… one big nitpick that bugged me in IM2 – how the heck was the Mark 2 powered when Rhodey wore it? The arc reactor is what – 4-5 inches thick? Did Stark build a thinner version that doesn’t have to recess into the wearers’ chest? If so, it’s hard to believe it has the same power output as the big version.

    OK, nerd mode off.

    • ~ To find the answer you seek, you need only do one thing: NEVER turn off “nerd mode” ~

    • That’s why I think now that they should try to emphasize the point that since Tony has an arc reactor built into his chest, that he can’t be easily replaced as Iron Man. I mean, of course, someone could, but the design of the suit would be prohibitive for a wearer who does not already have an arc reactor in the place of his frickin’ heart. In other words, Tony has a unique factor that allows him to be Iron Man and no one else. But for Rhodey to so easily come in and be War Machine suggests that as long as the suit has some kind of arc reactor, any doofus can use it. It just seems like a story point that could be exploited better.

    • This is one flub Jon Favreau talked about in the commentaries, he decided not to try to explain it so that the story could flow better.

  22. It’s weird how that ONE pic just restored so much of the doubt I have for this movie. There’s still a LOT of doubt though…

    Anyway, I agree with the first guy: “I want that room.” 😀

  23. Not the Patriot Armor :( this is suppose to be an Iron Man movie not a Captain America Movie. No offense but that Patriot Armor doesnt fit well with Tony Stark, I understand his whole ego is his Patriotism towards saving America but do we really have to go that far? ok guys we have Circle Armor, Next Triangle Armor, Next Star Armor, all we need is a Pentagon armor, and Hexagon armor and we are all good :(

    • Sam, the Patriot armor we have scene is not an armor worn by Stark. All indications point to it being a villain in the movie or at the very least some level of opposition for Stark. In the comics, the armor that has this paint scheme was “Iron Patriot”. Which was a major villain. There are other schools of thought that it is not “Iron Patriot” but instead is “Detroit Steel”. Also a villain. I think what many people have missed about those set photos of the star spangled armor is that the armor can be represent a multitude of characters from the comics, or could be an all new character for the movies. Just because it “looks” like Iron Patriot does not mean that is who the character will be in the movie.

      • The Iron Patriot idea might be interesting, although I am not real familiar with that character (definitely looks like a merging of Cap and IM, but looks good!), and not at all familiar with Detroit Steel. Can you or anyonme else out there elaborate on who they are in regards to iron man/Tony Stark? Thanks!

        • Iron Patriot was when Norman Osborn took over Stark’s stuff and started his own Avengers…to sort of cement a positive public image he painted his armor red white and blue. At the time he was trying to pass himself off as a good guy, but his Dark Avengers were actually out to cause trouble.

          I don’t know much about Detroit Steel other than he’s an armored dude.

    • No dude, we need parallelogram armor. Then we’ll be good.

  24. Actually I don’t think Jarvis recreated the Mark I armor though the Iron Monger debacle. I think Tony kept data on it through possibly a flash drive when he first built the Mark I in the cave. When Tony was trying to modify his armor into the Mark II shape in Iron Man 1, Jarvis brought up a hologram of the Mark I armor for Tony to play with and modify.

    • The mark 1 was originally in the Ten Ring’s custody (they found it in the desert), but after Stane came in and paralised the general and killed the terrorists, he took the suit with him to the US.
      Then, after all that $*!* went down in IM1, Stark recovered the Mark 1 armor from the arc reactor lab.

  25. Its about time they gave him the hair he had in the first film. This looks aawesome

  26. Oh did anyone catch the random glove and leg plat on the table? Notice that all of the suits on display are fully intact. Looks like we start off Iron Man 3 with Mark VIII being built.

    • I know right!

      Unfortunately Marvel cannot use Norman Osborn since that is a Spider-Man character and is firmly in the grasps of Sony. So I doubt that the Dark Avengers will be part of the film in any way.

      Here is how I think it will play out.
      -Ben Kingsley is playing a background puppet master type villain. A lot of speculation puts him as the Mandarin. Kingsley is running A.I.M., Advanced Idea Mechanics (recent photos show AIM vans on set and they are a common Iron Man foe). In this world AIM starts out as just a lab/research organization that Guy Pearce’s character works for. They build their own version of IM using perhaps stolen plans from the USAF where they had time to study the Mark II in IM2. AIM’s version of IM being the “Iron Patriot” we have been seeing in set photos. One of AIM’s goons, James Badge Dale, suits up and goes toe to toe with IM. IM creams him. AIM goes back to the drawing board and ramps up work on the Extremis nano-virus, a techno version of the super soldier serum used on Captain America. They then use that virus to enhance their goons, James Badge Dale and Ashley Hamilton.

      This is all that I can really piece together with what info we have. I also think that there is a chance AIM starts out working for the US Government, creating the “Iron Patriot” for the USAF.