Vast toy lines, epic trailers, spoilery TV spots, and insurmountable amounts of rumors and leaks have revealed much about Iron Man 3 but despite there being seemingly so much info out there, Marvel Studios is still holding back on revealing key plot points, character arcs and special appearances that comic book fans are only beginning to piece together.
Last year we shared the rumor that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) would command not only a new suit or two (or more) himself in Iron Man 3, but that he would lead an army of armored suits. The official Iron Man 3 prelude comics dubbed his expanded Hall of Armor the "Iron Legion" and it wasn't long before Stark's minions found their way into the official marketing.
The latest set of Iron Man 3 posters offered the first official tease of the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the Iron Legion and they were spotlighted in force, albeit briefly, in the new Iron Man 3 trailer. The imagery confirmed many of the rumors and proved the leaked concept art of the Deep Space, Brute and Heartbreaker armors as legit. But even having a list of Stark's suits with descriptions, we learned today that our unofficial Iron Man 3 armor guide still is only scratching the surface and may have the designation numbers in the wrong places.
This morning on the official Iron Man Facebook page, Marvel launched a contest where lucky winners (in North America) will be flown out to the LA Premiere of Iron Man 3 on April 24th. To enter, fans have to use the 'Iron Man 3: Armor Unlock' app to send in backup to help Stark in his battle against The Mandarin, and they do this by answering movie trivia questions which in turn will unlock Stark's arsenal of Hall of Armor suits.
The regions with the most winners today received an awesome new image, only visible to Facebook users living in that region. Canada unlocked an image of the Hyper Velocity Suit (Mark 40) dubbed the "Shotgun" and California residents earned a look at the Enhanced Energy Suit (Mark 33), also known to Iron Man comics fans as the "Silver Centurion."
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This marks our first look at both suits and the contest opens up tomorrow for participants to enter if they missed out or re-enter if they participated on the first day. The silhouettes and titles for the next two armor unlocks indicate that tomorrow Marvel will unveil another look at the Hulkbuster/Brute (Mark 38) armor as well as the Mark 17, a suit with a unique head and shoulder design that resembles the Heartbreaker concept art.
With Stark's new gold-plated armor once thought to be the Extremis armor (it's not) being designated the "Mark XLII" (42) there's going to be a plethora of unique Iron Man armor variants making their debut in Iron Man 3, meaning many of the more abstract armors from Marvel Comics will make their way into the MCU. This strategy by Marvel and director Shane Black is genius since it not only addresses every fan wishlist of armors they wanted to see in the movies, and not only does it give them an inordinate amount of materials to market, but it also allows for the largest potential toy line of any Marvel Studios production to date.
It doesn't however, leave much for the future should Robert Downey Jr. sign a contract extension and one day do an Iron Man 4. How do you top having every armor in one movie? Since Iron Man 3 is (currently) the last movie RDJ is signed for, the studio is sure making his version of Stark go out with a bang. Don't worry, we're confidence he's going to be back for The Avengers 2 (and more).
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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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