Iron Man 3: James Badge Dale Talks ‘Coldblood’ Costume

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At this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios took the expo floor by storm by bringing the updated hall of armor and the seven suits stored in it. They even used their exhibit to unveil the brand new armor Tony Stark develops in Iron Man 3 just in time for their panel presentation.

From the Iron Man 3 footage they shared during the panel, fans got not only an intimate look at new Extremis armor Robert Downey Jr. will wear, but Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin costume as well. Combine those two reveals with set photos featuring the Iron Patriot-themed War Machine (Don Cheadle) suit, and it begs the question of how much is still being kept under wraps.

We can safely say that there’s at least one character from Marvel Comics who will sport an interesting costume/armor design that we’ve seen nothing from yet: Coldblood. James Badge Dale is playing Eric Savin in Iron Man 3 and when the first photos of the Iron Patriot armor surfaced, some speculated that it was Dale playing a mix of characters from the books, something along the lines of Iron Man 2 combining elements of Whiplash and the Crimson Dynamo for Mickey Rourke’s character. That wasn’t the case however, and to this day, we’ve yet to see Dale on set.

In Marvel Comics, Savin was a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army until he died but was rebuilt RoboCop-style into the cyborg known as Coldblood-7 (pictured below). What will he look like in Shane Black’s Iron Man 3?

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According to Dale (The Grey, The Pacific) himself who chatted briefly with Vulture at the end of the New York Film Festival, his “costume” is “very low-pro,” meaning to us, he won’t appear as a heavily armored soldier with a mechanical eye patch and head gear. He could even look like an ordinary person (albeit with extraordinary inner-workings). In the comics, Coldblood wears body armor and uses standard military weaponry as a mercenary, but Dale explained that his character in the film is only “loosely based” on Coldblood from the books.

Dale may not be playing the only Cyborg that Tony Stark encounters as Ashley Hamilton was reported to be playing Firepower, another character who could either sport his own armor or be cybernetically-enhanced. How they’re involved in the story could factor into A.I.M.’s (Advanced Idea Mechanics) involvement – They’re a terrorist science and tech company in Marvel Comics who we know from set photos (and Comic-Con T-shirts) are going to play a part in the story of Iron Man 3, possibly having something to do with the Extremis tech/virus or as a front for the evil scheming by the villainous head honcho, Mandarin. They may very well be there as setup for Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well since A.I.M.’s origins date back to World War II.

Fortunately, despite all of the information and speculation generated from production photos and from released footage thus far, there’s still plenty of mystery regarding the threequel, and not much has been spoiled (yet). Iron Man 3 recently resumed principal photography with the return of Robert Downey Jr. to set after a leg injury and we’ve yet to see James Badge Dale in any production photos.

“It was very confusing, because I was in Albequerque filming The Lone Ranger, and people were calling me going, ‘Yo, dude, I saw you on the Iron Man set!’ And I was like, ‘Brother, I ain’t even shown up yet. I’m still in the desert, riding horses.’”

Dale says “the tone of the film is very particular, very offbeat, very out-there” and for fans eager for more, next week the first Iron Man 3 trailer will release (October 23). Hopefully, the now-confirmed-with-a-release-date Ant-Man will have its test footage revealed soon as well.

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Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black based off of his and Drew Pearce’s screenplay, and stars Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, William Sadler, James Badge Dale and the voice of Paul Bettany.

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.


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Source: Vulture

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  1. I’m excited to see iron man 3 as well as the extremis armor and mandarin, I can’t wait for the trailer.

  2. Is it bad that I’m more exited to hear the voice of Paul Bettany than I am to see any armor?

    • Believe it or not, he actually has never seen any of the Iron Man, or Avengers or any Marvel movies.

    • bad? No. Creepy? Yes.

      • Creepy isn’t bad?

        • Not always. Sometimes its fun.

  3. I’m still betting dollars to doughnuts that AIM has something to do with HYDRA, a remnant or faction that has persisted until the modern day.

  4. They are packing to much into these movies. One of these movies wont end up breaking even.

    • Yeah, right.. Marvel suddenly has no idea what they are doing..

      When does your movie come out?


      • Just because a movie is good doesn’t mean it’ll be financially successful. And with how many films Marvel is making, it’s not unfathomable that one could do poorly. So jr’s comment isn’t unreasonable.

        • Nah, they’ll all make a ton of money on the Marvel brand alone now — it’s the quality you should worry about (if you’re worrying at all).

          • Worried isn’t exactly the word I’d use… I don’t lose any sleep over this stuff. I want good quality, but the Marvel brand alone isn’t going to be able to keep things afloat. The public could get weary of all these superhero films coming out… and Marvel is taking a gamble particularly on Guardians of the Galaxy. Iron Man 3 should do great, but even something like Cap 2 isn’t a sure thing – and Cap is my favorite superhero, so that’s not coming from someone who doesn’t like the character. The fact is, the MCU is a gamble, and it already faltered a little with The Incredible Hulk. The gamble is paying off so far, but it’s still a gamble.

            • I think Marvel can mostly break even just from the people who have been marvel comics fans their whole lives because it seems like marvel does their movies with the greatest respect to the source materials and mythos (and how couldn’t they they made the characters)which satisifies those fans enough to see every movie every time. The place where they make a better profit is making it so it somehow draws in people who may not be familiar with marvel comics at all. Thats gonna be where things may waver some because GOTG and Ant-man may not appeal to people who know nothing about either enough for them to decide to see them regardless.

      • @EnormousGreenGuy

        Would you mind showing me where I said they have no idea what they are doing. Go ahead, I’ll wait

  5. After Avengers I don’t think people won’t want see more of them

  6. I remember when they were just getting IM3 started, RDJ was quoted as saying this was the best script that he had ever read. That’s impressive. So is this it for stand alone Iron Man movies? Will there be a fourth one? And will RDJ be in it? Or will iron man only show up in the Avergers movies. Personally, I hope they keep making Iron Man stand alone movies. I truly think they are the best of the “stand alones”

  7. Hmm kinda looks like a crappy version of DeathLok

    • He actually fights against and later fights with DeathLok in the books :)

  8. next week ? really ? my heart is pumpin´to my throat, yes. now, i have to say alright,great villain/s, two heroes and -coldblood-(maybe) that´s enough now. i can´t wait for that and some other great movies in 2013.

  9. and the -iron patriot armor from war-machine- looks freakin´cool.

  10. Just wanted to point out an error- You guys still have Cobie Smulders in the IM3 cast list. That was a rumor and she debunked it on twitter.
    Love the site and all of the Marvel movie coverage! Keep it up!

    • Ah, thanks. That’s an older cast list I used but I just fixed!

  11. You could give me 50 marvel stories a day and I’d still want more, keep it coming!

    • I couldn’t agree more!!! :)