‘Iron Man 3′ Spoilers, Toys & Details on China Co-Production

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 18th, 2014 at 9:56 am,

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The first post-Avengers film and the beginning of Phase Two of the Marvel cinematic universe, Iron Man 3, wrapped principal photography this week and the marketing machine has just begun. Marvel Studios made a big Iron Man-focused splash at Comic-Con and just recently went public by releasing the first official Iron Man 3 trailer.

As the marketing ramps up and more information about the film surfaces via promotional videos and imagery, so to will the tie-in merchandise, a surprisingly reliable source of spoilers and reveals.

Before we get to the toys, some background: Simon Philips, President of Worldwide Consumer Products at Marvel Entertainment, Inc., attended a Disney presentation in Brazil’s largest city São Paulo this week where he reportedly shared two bits of spoiler-filled information about Iron Man 3 according to the Omelete.








First, he talked in detail about Tony Stark’s Extremis abilities in the film, confirming that the scene from the official Iron Man 3 trailer and Comic-Con footage with Robert Downey Jr. about to undergo a medical procedure is in fact when he injects himself with the Extremis virus.

Extremis blurs the lines between Stark being a man vs. machine – an important theme of the film (see: Iron Man 3 synopsis) – and from the trailer, the results of the procedure are only teased. In Warren Ellis’ miniseries for which much of the film is based on, Stark can interface with technology around him, and when it comes to his armor, he can summon pieces of it to him at will, even from a distance. A previous spoilery rumor had Stark using this ability and building a small army of suits that he’d use in Iron Man 3′s climactic battle sequence. His Extremis armor is designated Mark 47, the 40 suits in between what he had in The Avengers to what he has in the film, represent the others he controls.

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According to Phillips, Stark mixes and matches armor pieces from various different suits to come up with unique armor combinations, and he uses the number 16 in describing how many new designs will make an appearance – which will also include several classic designs from Marvel Comics.

The combining of armors coincides with leaked details regarding the Iron Man 3 toyline coming from Hasbro, which (according to Idle Hands) includes the following:

  • Iron Man 3 Iron Assemblers Action Figure Assortment: 14 “Connectable” figures (wave 1, Feb 2013) with multiple interchangable pieces to deliver maximum customization. Wave 2 in March and Wave 3 in April. We are betting these are 3 and 3 quarter inch.
  • Iron Assemblers Battle Vehicle: Tony Stark’s stylish ride launches your Iron Assembler figure out of the front, mimicking a scene from the movie. Almost all figures are compatible. Feb 2013 A second vehicle is said to join it in March.

The second spoiler harkens back to the Marvel Studios panel presentation as this summer’s Comic-Con where a fan asked if we’d ever see Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) sport her own armor suit, like the Rescue armor from the books. Marvel President of Production Kevin Feige responded “We all want to see Pepper Potts ‘kick a little ass’ in her own suit.”

According to Omelete, Philips confirmed that Ms. Potts will in fact, wear her own armor suit in Iron Man 3. Knowing that she may not appear in The Avengers 2 because, according to her in a statement to E! Online, she’s “getting old for this s–t,” there’s speculation that she may not partake in a happy ending, if you know what we mean, and Shane Black’s “darker” take on Iron Man may be just that.









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With the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) playing a crucial role in the story of Iron Man 3, and perhaps, the entire trilogy to date, there’s been a lot of uncertainty on whether or not Marvel Studios would be shooting on location in China. In chatting with THR, Dan Mintz, American producer and CEO of Beijing-based studio, DMG Entertainment, confirmed his company and Marvel are working together on Iron Man 3 and that they will shoot some footage in China.

“OK, first off, Iron Man 3 is absolutely a DMG co-production. Obviously I can’t talk about story, but we’ll be filming in China before the end of the year, and we’ll have an announcement about Chinese cast members sometime very soon. All will be revealed. About the co-production issue, of course, it’s kind of sensitive. What I will say is that I’ve lived in China for 20 years and we’ve been working at this a long time — and there’s no single loophole to be exploited, like some have been suggesting. You can’t waltz in thinking you can get around something. It just isn’t there. This market doesn’t work that way. The big things that happen do so because they’re wanted to happen. It’s like filmmaking itself; it’s all in the minutiae. It’s about your reputation in the market, based on what you’ve delivered, and the relationships you have.”

How much footage that is, and whether or not it’s been shot yet we don’t know. But we do know that two months ago Mr. Mintz was caught having a meeting with Chinese actor Xueqi Wang to discuss the Chen Lu character (aka Radioactive Man) who is expected to make some appearance in one form or another in Iron Man 3. That news meshed with previous reports about the Iron Man 3 post-credits scene (there may be a mid-credits scene and a post-credits scene like The Avengers) and the character may have a role in future Marvel movies as well.

With reports of last-minute rewrites (debunked by io9 so who knows what to believe) for the film’s third act, any of the above spoilers, rumors and speculation may not prove accurate. In other news, the truck image above comes from TCL who Screendaily reports has partnered with Disney/Marvel again (they worked together on The Avengers) to market the film in China.

Last but not least, since we’re talking a little bit about the Iron Man 3 toyline, the following three micro mugs were showcased at New York Comic-Con last month and could very well be representing armor designs or other characters we’ll see in the film – let us know who you think they are:

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.

Check out our full Iron Man 3 image gallery, updated with 35 new hi-res, enhanced images from this trailer!

Sources: Idle HandsOmelete (via CBM), ScreendailyTHR

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  1. whoah… that’s a lot to digest.
    Personally, I won’t be upset if Potts bites the dust..
    Not sure If I want to see her piloting a suit though..

    • lol, I kept adding more and more to it. It was originally meant to go up last night otherwise.

      • Great report Rob. Exciting stuff for sure. If Potts does bite the dust, what kind of impact will that have on tony? Wow.

        Rob, is there any information on RDJ resigning with marvel?

        • it will be the end of tony and IM in the avengers because his contract does run out after A2 so thats what I think it will be or that he will die or sacrifice himself to help the avengers and to ultimately be with pepper….. HE LOVES HER it will affect him GREATLY

          • I heard that they are planning on extending RDJ’s contract so he will be in a few more marvel movies. Like Guardians of the Galaxy and possibly a few more Iron Man movies.

        • so is peppers suit a bit girly or is it just another red and gold suit i wonder? and i think if she dies that will be the beginning of the end for stark in the marvel films!

        • From what I hear, RDJ doesn’t want anyone else to play the character ever and still loves the role. I think he’ll re-sign but I know he wants to limit his appearances to every two-three years so he can pursue other projects in between.

          • A thought, just a little thought, if they do decide to have a new Iron Man, they could always do the timeslip scenario, when Iron man is under brain control, and they bring in a teenage tony from another timeline to defeat him. just a thought, I havent heard anyone bring up

  2. Great article. Excellent information. It may be that Happy Hogan dies in the film. May be, not for certain, but I’m just spit ballin’ here.

    I hope RDJ signs on for more Marvel films.

    • Thanks Nick!

  3. I’ll have to see more about “Iron Man 3″, the trailer honestly didn’t impress me

  4. with the last iron man cartoon, they had iron man, war machine and rescue(potts) it was pretty well done actually so one can only hope that they will do this the same way. I dont think they will give mandrain the god like powers he had in that show when he had 10 rings but the fights in this movie should be on the epic level.

  5. I think the last one is the stealth armor

  6. actualy, first one is stealth, second is titanium man, the third screams silver centurion to me.

    if the rumors of comic armors is true, I do hope they do show: silver centurion(the suit he actualy fought Iron monger in), hulk buster, Space armor, ’60s avengers suit with the flat face plate. doubt we’ll see the aquatic suit.

    hmmm wonder if in a later film we might see Beetle/mach1-5 if they end up ‘retiring’ iron man

    • hulk buster suit would be killer! i sure hope your right i would love to see that

      • ya I do agree, also Rob Keyes I got a fun idea for you why dont you do a list on the top iron comic suits we would love to see in the vault, lets see if you can find some I overlooked, cause there sure are a lot of them

        • I’ve been dying for some Hulkbuster armor too!

          That’s not a bad idea…

  7. What does anyone think about what the post-credit scene is about???
    I’m rerally hoping its Ant-man. Either him or Dr. Strange.

    • Mid-credit scene could be Radioactive Man, post-credits would be a lead in to Thor 2 I’d imagine.

      • oh I just had a crazy ide for the post credits scene, what if we saw an AIM lab and saw the creation of wonderman, I know, really left field, but figured its worth a thought.

  8. Man, merchandise/marketing really screws over these comic book movies.

  9. What about The Incredible Hulk 2? 2016 right? RIGHT!?!?

  10. Great article!! A lot to take in….. I’m really excited for Iron Man 3.

    Too bad about Gwyneth Paltrow/Pepper Potts getting killed in IM3. I’ll miss her. She was great in the role.

    Hey Rob, how about an article comparing the Marvel Movie Universe women? Gwyneth, ScarJo, Natalie Portman, Cobie Smulders, Hayley Atwell…… even the Fox and Sony girls too, like Rebecca Romjim, Famke Janssen, January Jones, Emma Stone.

    Acting chops, action chops…… hotness!!

    • Rebecca Romijn

    • Thanks Heustis!

      Hmmm… not sure I’d know how to compare acting/action chops for a lot of them, however a guide to Marvel’s leading ladies wouldn’t be bad idea.

      • Got to give it up for the ladies. Recent comic book based movies have really stepped up to the plate on delivering some depth to the female gender. They’re not just damsels in distress anymore. I bet Roth could weigh in on this topic too.

        Ban the rescue McGuffinettes!!

  11. This movie is going to have a lot in it. I hope it is not too much. I am really looking forward to this film. Personally I hope Pepper doesnt die but I am a romantic at heart. Maybe she just decides she cant live a life with Tony, its just to dangerous. I would like that scenario better if Paltrow doesnt want to do any more movies.

    • Its possible (emphasis on possible) that they could do it in a way where Pepper doesn’t have to die or leave Tony. They could just end IM3 with her still around and then maybe mention her but not have her actually appear in Avengers 2. Kinda like they did for Jane Foster in the first Avengers. Same thing if Iron Man is part of Avengers 3.

      The only thing is I don’t know what they’d do about it if they actually made an Iron Man 4 and so on.

  12. On the subject of armor I know this is a stretch but IRON SPIDER!!! :D

  13. Can’t wait for this film. Sounds like it will be better than Ironman 2 for sure. Looking forward to this & Thor 2 next year.

  14. The second one looks like the titanium man suit..
    I wonder if pepper will have an arc reactor..

  15. i think the second one could be Firepower’s suit in this film..

  16. Do anyone thinks Iron Man 4 will be made? Or is RDJ last appearance is in Avengers 2?

    • I dont think so, he could be in Avengers 3 tho.

      • Kevin F. talked about the possibility of MORE Iron Man films, but decided to leave out RDJ’s involvement (for good reason) If a deal is ever to be made… It will be AFTER IM3 is released (amide a good box office reception)

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