With just over two months left before Iron Man 3 kicks off the 2013 summer movie season, we’re learning more and more about the first chapter of Marvel’s movie universe “Phase Two” on a daily basis. From new posters to leaked concept art, to a Super Bowl ad and new trailer on the way, excitement and expectations are high for the first post-Avengers film from Marvel Studios.
Iron Man 3 not only aims to take Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark to a darker, more personal and emotional place, but it also promises to raise the bar on the action front. With today’s news, we have a much clearer picture of how director Shane Black aims to accomplish this.
CBM got their hands on another never-before-seen piece of Iron Man concept art, dubbed the “Heartbreaker.” Similar to how the Space Suit concept art matches the Funko “Deep Space Armor” bobblehead toy, the below suit design also matches tie-in merchandise we’ve seen before.
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Note the colors and bulkier armor on the helmet, limbs and chest, highlighted by a larger and brighter uni-beam. Familiar? Read on if you’re okay knowing potential spoilers.
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A similar design can be seen on the leaked LEGO set images, specifically the final “showdown” between Stark and the Mandarin (see below). Could this be the new armor Stark wears in the film’s final battle?
We’ve already seen in the images, the posters and the official Iron Man 3 trailer that Stark’s new Extremis suit that appeared at Comic-Con gets heavily battle-damaged, possibly destroyed even, at some point in the film. Perhaps what’s depicted above is what Stark constructs and wears after. You’d have to be crazy to assume Stark won’t get more than one new suit in Iron Man 3. He’s already had seven up until this point and this film aims to up the ante.
By the end of Iron Man 2, Stark had discovered a new element to power his suit, and we got the see the Mark VI in action, easily identified by its triangular chest light. Stark upgrades to the Mark VII – a suit he can summon via wristbands – in the final act of The Avengers, and in Iron Man 3, upgrades again to the golden Extremis armor which he can control with his mind, piece by piece, as demonstrated in the Comic-Con footage and trailer.
From the rumors, the toys and a description of the second Iron Man 3 trailer releasing next week, Stark not only changes his own duds in the threequel, but he crafts himself an army, an Iron Legion, as name-dropped in the Iron Man 3 prelude comics. Take a look at the below image a user of the SHH forums posted two weeks ago from he claims to be the Hasbro Assemblers toys, an Iron Man 3 toy line featuring multiple armored suits with interchangeable parts, an idea that matches the rumored explanation for why Stark’s golden armor is designated the Mark XLVII (47).
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Notice anything familiar? The bottom right design is the Heartbreaker armor, and with that, we’ve come full circle. All of the toys, rumors and even the latest trailer description all hint that this could very well be a design Stark wears, or at least builds (for Pepper Potts?) and these other designs in the image above could be Stark’s “boys,” a name he reportedly gives to them. We may just see them flying into action with Stark and Rhodey’s (Don Cheadle) Iron Patriot suit.
[Update: New Iron Man 3 poster spotted in theaters & officially released by Yahoo! – check out the extra Iron Legion suits flying in the background!]
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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, Stephanie Szostak, 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, 2014, The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.
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