Barely a day after Robert Downey Jr. returned to the set of Iron Man 3 after suffering a leg injury which kept him away from production for over a month did we find out that it wouldn't be long before fans would get their first official look at the film. And we're not just talking about more production photos or promotional artwork. On Tuesday, October 23rd the first full-length Iron Man 3 trailer will be released by Disney and Marvel Studios, and the first sneak peek preview has surfaced a little early thanks to the support of eager fans.
For the last few days, users could go to the official Iron Man Facebook page and 'like' it in an effort to help re-energize Tony Stark's Arc Reactor, and when that power bar hit 100%, a preview would release. That happened earlier today and we now get a glimpse at how Iron Man will play under the new direction of Shane Black. Although brief, many of the scenes are elements of larger clips presented at the Iron Man 3 Comic-Con presentation earlier this summer. Some of the scenes also match previously reported trailer descriptions, including of course, the new Extremis armor design, a look at Ben Kingsley's Mandarin costume and the scene where Iron Man has to save a group of falling people.
[Update: Here is the second trailer preview, featuring Guy Pearce and Don Cheadle's faces]
In the few seconds of footage there are unfortunately no shots of War Machine and his new armor to be found, nor any of the other new key characters, including Guy Pearce's Aldrich Killian and Rebecca Hall's Maya Hansen. At least the new armor design plays well in live-action so hopefully that'll ease skepticism about its color scheme. Stay tuned into Screen Rant for the full trailer release and our breakdown on Tuesday.
Marvel Studios' "Iron Man 3" pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
[Update: Watch the full Iron Man 3 trailer here.]
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, 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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