At this year's Comic-Con, Marvel Studios introduced fans to "Phase Two," several years worth of cinematic experiences based on previously established and new Marvel film properties. Among the films titles confirmed were Captain America: The Winter Solider, Thor: The Dark World, Ant-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy, most of which were teased either by a logo, some test footage, or, in the case of Guardians, a piece of concept art.
But amidst the major announcements of future Marvel Studios films there was a more immediate release to be addressed: Iron Man 3. While fans had piled into Hall H knowing that the panel wasn't going to focus solely on Tony Stark's latest adventure (with director Shane Black now at the helm), it was the promise of a first look at Iron Man 3 footage that initially drew fans in - and the panel did not disappoint.
As with any "exclusive" Comic-Con footage, fans unable to attend instantly began inquiring when they might see the screened video content. Marvel has already addressed the possibility of Edgar Wright's Ant-Man footage being shown, but talk of an Iron Man 3 trailer release has been kept relatively quiet.
However, according to ComicBook.com, an Iron Man 3 trailer was shown at a UK event for the release of The Avengers on Blu-Ray, which leads us to believe a theatrical release can't be far off. Attendees of the event were enticed with the promise of closer looks at Avengers behind-the-scenes footage – like the Blooper reel and additional Captain America scene that were released late last month – but most went in unaware they were about to see a trailer for Iron Man 3.
There are, unfortunately, very slim details about the trailer -- only that it featured shots of Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin, Tony Stark's mansion being destroyed, and the new Extremis Iron Man suit. No talk of the tone Black is hoping to deliver, or maybe a confirmation of the Iron Man 3 suit spoilers we heard about earlier this week were relayed.
Furthermore, whoever ComicBook's source is claims the trailer doesn't align with the Iron Man 3 trailer description that was released about 4 weeks ago, one that our Rob Keyes verified included several of the same scenes and voiceover bits to what he saw at Comic-Con. That same description claimed the trailer was closer in tone to The Dark Knight Rises' trailer than previous Iron Man films', or even The Avengers'. We still don't know when or with which film the Iron Man 3 trailer might premiere, but with a ton of major holiday releases right around the corner, there are plenty of worthy candidates.
Iron Man 3 hits theaters on May 3rd, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014, and The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015.