Though the release of Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 is still a ways off, both the theatrical trailer and Super Bowl trailer have stirred up an incredible amount of anticipation, conversation, and plot speculation. Maybe that’s because, on top of being part of one of the most popular superhero film franchises ever, the third Iron Man film is the first superhero movie of 2013, ahead of Man of Steel, The Wolverine, and Thor 2.
Of course, with cinematic superhero speculation comes the obligatory question: Which comic books, if any, were used as source material or inspiration for the film’s story? Again, it’s difficult to absolutely ascertain such things with several months to go before Iron Man 3 hits theaters, but there’s enough striking imagery in the footage we’ve seen to have some semblance of an idea.
As such, we’ve constructed a list of comic book stories you should probably read to be prepared for the release of Iron Man 3. Keep in mind, you might be entering SPOILER territory if you’re the type of person who likes to watch his/her films without any prior knowledge of the story.