We recently brought you a few updates on Iron Man 3 via our Comic-Con 2012 coverage.Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige (alongside writer/director Shane Black) confirmed that The Hulk will not make an appearance in Iron Man 3 and provided some insight into the nature of the story. Additionally, Don Cheadle spoke about War Machine’s  role in the third installment of the franchise.

Today we bring you some tidbits from Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr., in regards to what we can expect to see in Iron Man 3.

The actor stressed and reiterated that the film would explore the character’s inner demons in more depth. “We did a little of that in ‘Iron Man 2′,” Downey said. “But if you think about someone who saw the sky open up and a wormhole and fought off an alien species – suffice to say that he’s a little rattled.”

There have been runors that the film contains a stunt sequence in which Downey will be performing from a great height, so when the actor was asked if he was going to give Tom Cruise a run for his money (in reference to the infamous Burj Khalifa sequence in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) Downey responded:

“Well I don’t know. I just said while I’m physically able I’d like to leave it all on the field and I’d like there to be ten moments where people wonder how I was stupid enough to actually do that stunt. Most of all me.”

Iron Man in 'The Avengers'

When asked if he was taken aback by the success of The Avengers the actor quipped:

“Well here’s my problem: every time one of my movies comes out I think it’s going to be the number 3 or the biggest thing of all time and so it’s really weird. I cried wolf and one actually showed up this time.”

The bulk of what we can gather is that Iron Man 3, as we imagined (and has been reported), will be a more grounded offering in the Marvel series of films; one that will focus on developing the character in the real-world before sending him off to fight invaders from another realm once again in an Avengers 2. We can expect – as one would given that this is a Shane Black endeavor – an emphasis on innovative action. Of course, time, as always, will tell.

Look for Iron Man 3 in theatres on May 3, 2013.

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