A giant superhero movie like Iron Man 3 just wouldn't be the same without gratuitous product tie-ins, which is why Tony Stark's metal-plated mug will soon be appearing on everything from lunch boxes to collectible bobbleheads.
While this insane level of merchandising might turn some people off, for astute observers, product tie-ins can be a great way to predict key scenes in the movie. Case in point, sneak peeks of several new Iron Man 3 LEGO sets may have revealed some of the film's major action sequences and plot points.
POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD!
Over at the Eurobricks website (via Bleeding Cool), a forum member recently shared some product photos of the new sets. There are three sets total: Iron Man Extremis: Seaport Battle, Iron Man vs. The Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown, and Iron Man: Malibu Mansion Attack. The mansion attack has already been seen in parts through multiple Iron Man 3 trailers, but the other sets reveal action scenes that are new.
Check out the Lego sets below (click to enlarge):
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Based on the Iron Man vs. Mandarin set, it looks like Tony Stark's final battle will feature Ben Kingsley in some kind of mechanized tank. While this is somewhat similar to the endings of Iron Man and Iron Man 2, at least we won't see Iron Man facing off against another armor-suited bad guy.
Another interesting plot spoiler can be seen in the speedboat set. We already know that Guy Pearce will be playing Aldrich Killian in the film, a geneticist that works with Tony's old friend Maya Hansen on the Extremis technology. But what this set shows is that Killian himself may actually become infected by Extremis during the course of the film, something that definitely did not happen in the Extremis comic book storyline. It also reveals that War Machine will be on-hand to help Tony deal with the bad guy.
But War Machine may not be the only armored hero helping Tony. Some have speculated that the character in the Iron Man armor for the Malibu Mansion set is Pepper Potts. It's pretty difficult to tell at this resolution, but it appears as if Pepper is in the suit, saving Tony from falling off the cliff. If that turns out to be the case, it would definitely be an interesting twist in the film.
What do you think of these spoilers? Are you looking forward to seeing these scenes in the movie, or are you hoping that the toys aren't accurate to the film?
Iron Man 3 hits theaters May 3rd, 2013.