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?
Iron Man 3 has added another villain to its growing ensemble, with former Sunset Beach star Ashley Hamilton set to join the cast as Jack Taggert, otherwise known as Firepower.
In the Marvel universe, Taggert is the pilot of an experimental bodysuit designed by the programme, Project: Firepower. Typically, Taggert doesn't have his hands on Stark technology for long before wanting to use it against its creator...
With James Badge Dale also in line to play a potential villain in the form of Coldblood, and Ben Kingsley already in place as the film's big bad, we're keeping our fingers crossed that Shane Black doesn't stray into Spider-Man 3 territory with this one.
In other casting news, former director Jon Favreau has confirmed he'll be reprising his role as Happy Hogan, Tony Stark's driver-cum-bodyguard, so perhaps he'll be able to lend some advice as to how to juggle so many villains.Source: www.totalfilm.com
It's difficult to keep Marvel down at the minute, but while The Avengers are smashing box office records left right and centre, it looked as though the studio had suffered a minor setback yesterday, with the news that Jessica Chastain had dropped out of Iron Man 3.
However, just one day later, it seems as though the studio have found themselves a replacement, with Variety reporting that Rebecca Hall is currently in talks to join the superhero sequel.
The role in question has been described as "a sexy scientist", thought to be Dr. Maya Hansen from Warren Ellis' Extremis story arc. A genetic engineer, she's one of the co-creators of the troublesome Extremis virus, used to target nanotechnology.
Unhappily for Tony Stark, that's the very same technology he's just introduced in the latest version of his suit, leaving him distinctly vulnerable when the virus goes on sale to some less than savoury characters...Source: www.totalfilm.com
Iron Man 3 has suffered its first casting casualty with the news that Jessica Chastain has been forced to pass on a starring role as a result of scheduling conflicts.
The Take Shelter star had been in line to play a female scientist, thought to be Dr. Maya Hansen, one of the co-creators of the Extremis virus that poses a threat to Tony Stark's nanotechnology-equipped suit.
Chastain took to her Facebook page to break the bad news, apologising to fans who had been looking forward to her potential casting.
"Sorry to say that Iron Man 3 isn't going to work out," said the actress. "My schedule is jammed packed and I can't fit anything else in. The press announced my possible attachment far too soon. I know many of you wanted me to be involved, and I'm so sorry to disappoint you."
"Hopefully there'll be another Marvel film in my future," she continued. "Shane Black and everyone on the IM3 team are really wonderful. I'm very excited to see the film when it comes out."
Starring Robert Downey Jr. alongside Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce, Iron Man 3 will open in the UK on 3 May 2013.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Iron Man 3 might be adding new acting talent to its ranks left right and centre, but according to Scarlett Johansson, Black Widow will not be among the characters returning from the previous film.
The star revealed to Screen Rant that her character would not be appearing in Shane Black's upcoming threequel, but not before revealing her desire to star in a solo Black Widow movie.
"I think that you build this kind of character in the hope that the fans are like, 'we want more,'" says Johansson. "I personally think there's an awesome Black Widow movie in there. A kind of Bourne film that would take the whole comic-book genre in a completely different direction. It'd be awesome."
"I've spoken to Marvel about it and Kevin Feige," she continues, "and there's so much story to draw from, I think it'd be totally awesome. But do I want to spend another three months shedding the manatee skin and squeezing back into that suit? Not necessarily, but it's all worth it in the end!"
Having been left on the sidelines to a certain extent in Iron Man 2, Black Widow really comes into her own in The Avengers, with several killer scenes keeping her at the heart of the action. If Marvel were to green light her own spin-off, perhaps in tandem with a Hawkeye storyline, we'd certainly think it worth a punt...Source: www.totalfilm.com
Iron Man 3 looks to be shaping up very nicely indeed. Not only has Ben Kingsley signed on to play one of the film's villains, but Variety is now reporting that Guy Pearce is set to join the cast as geneticist Aldrich Killian.
The new film will be loosely based upon Warren Ellis' Extremis series, in which the theme of nanotechnology is at the forefront of events. Ever on the lookout for ways to improve upon his famous suit, Tony Stark employs the technology on his latest version. However, his plans go awry when his customisations become threatened by a virus.
Pearce is in line to play the aforementioned Killian, a genetic scientist who helps to create the Extremis virus, a threat to nanobot technology. When he sells his research to a terrorist cell, things become tricky for the newly vulnerable Iron Man.
This all fits in with what Marvel's Kevin Feige recently told Collider about the plan to take Tony Stark out of his comfort zone for this third film.
"Iron Man 3 is very much inspired by the first half of Iron Man 1," said Feige. "We're not going back to the cave, but he's stripped of everything, he's backed up against a wall, and he's gotta use his intelligence to get out of it.
He can't call Thor, he can't call Cap, he can't call Nick Fury, and he can't look for the Helicarrier in the sky."Source: www.totalfilm.com
Iron Man 3 will film on location in China, according to a new press release distributed by Marvel earlier today.
In an announcement that will be sure to trigger rumours surrounding the potential involvement of the Mandarin, the studio announced that the film will be co-produced with the Walt Disney Company China, with filming set to take place there later this summer.
"Iron Man 3 continues the story with a new chapter that will deliver more heart-pounding action than ever before," says the promotional bumpf. "Marvel Studios' Iron Man 3 will find Tony Stark with his back against the wall, facing his most fearsome foes yet."
Yes, that's foes plural. When Ben Kingsley was recently announced as being attached to the villain role, we were lead to believe that he would be playing a nanotechnology wizard, as opposed to the celebrated comic-book villain, The Mandarin.
Now that the film will apparently feature a Chinese subplot, it would appear that The Mandarin could be back on the agenda. Born into a wealthy Chinese family, the character is a descendant of Genghis Khan, a technology enthusiast and a sworn rival of Tony Stark...Source: www.totalfilm.com
Despite being shunted to the sidelines for much of Iron Man 2, Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow will get another chance to shine as a casting call-out has confirmed she will be appearing in Iron Man 3.
Feature Film Casting have put out a new message that reveals a few new details about the film, whilst also confirming Johansson will be returning alongside Don Cheadle and Gwyneth Paltrow.
"The storyline is being described by writer-director Shane Black as being a Tom Clancy-thriller," says the call-out, "with Iron Man fighting real world villains."
Black is also quoted on what Marvel are looking for him to resolve, after the muted response to Iron Man 2.
"The studio wasn't happy with the result of Iron Man 2," he said. "That pretty much came about due to a rushed production schedule in an attempt to hit a release date rather than simply make a good film, but I digress. Iron Man 3 will not be another, 'two men in iron suits fighting each other.'"Source: www.totalfilm.com
After the first official Avengers trailer teased us last week, Marvel stopped off at the New York Comic-Con where studio head Kevin Feige spoke about what's next for the Marvel franchise.
Feige said that Iron Man 3 would be the first film "In the second phase of The Avengers initiative,"
which basically means the next wave of Marvel sequels that will start to the build to Avengers 2.
Feige also confirmed to fans that Marvel is already working on Iron Man 3 with director Shane Black.
Feige said that Iron Man 3 will be "the first of what we sort of refer to as phase two of this saga that will culminate, God willing, in Avengers 2."
So, it sounds like Marvel will be pumping out Iron Man 3, Captain America 2 and Thor 2 before we get our The Avengers sequel.
Unfortunately it doesn't look like Avengers 2 will be hitting the big screen until 2014 at the earliest, as Iron Man 3 is scheduled for a May 2013 release, Thor 2 for November 2013 and Captain America 2 doesn't even have a release date as of yet!
Regardless of all the release date nonsense, it is still exciting for Marvel fans to hear about what the future of the franchise has to offer.
Speaking of which, fans will be delighted to know that Fiege has confirmed an Iron Man 3 teaser trailer at the end of The Avengers, so make sure you stay seated or you'll be more upset than Tony Stark at last orders.Source: www.totalfilm.com
With Joss Whedon in charge of The Avengers, there's always the worry a fairly major character won't make it to the end. And in the Marvel universe that person would seem to be Clark Gregg's Agent Coulson.
"I've read this! I'm flattered that people care, but I wish they would stop saying this because they're going to put it in somebody's mind!" Coulson told Crave Online when asked if he was worried Whedon might kill him off.
"I'm talking to them about doing Iron Man 3 right now, and somebody's going 'Maybe Agent Coulson should die,' and I'm like, 'Hey, hey, hey! This is the best job I've ever had! Stop talking about killing Agent Coulson off.'" So is he at least safe in The Avengers?
"I talked to Joss Whedon early on. I said 'Hey, why is everyone saying this?' And he said, 'Yeah, I've done that before. Don't worry. You're safe.'"
In fact it was Whedon who gave SHIELD's Agent Coulson such a big role in The Avengers.
"When we were doing the panel for Thor at Comic Con, right before we went on stage Joss Whedon comes over and introduces himself and says, 'I wrote you a really big part in The Avengers, um... Can I introduce you as part of the cast of The Avengers, with Robert Downey, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo? Everyone's here.' And I was like, 'Yeah, I think that would be okay!'" Gregg said.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Speaking at the LA Times Hero Complex Film Festival before a double-bill of Iron Man films, Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau talked a bit about Favreau's involvement with the third film.
Favreau directed the first two Iron Man films, but stepped aside for Shane Black to direct the third. Black directed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang with Downey Jr.
In the discussion, Favreau hinted very strongly that he would return as Tony Stark's bodyguard Happy Hogan, saying: "I want a love scene with Pepper Potts with my shirt on and I want to transform into The Freak"
In the comics, Happy was mutated into a giant, savage, nearly mindless, superhumanly strong humanoid known as Freak after an experiment to cure an illness went awry.
Shane Black, writer of Lethal Weapon, The Last Boy Scout and The Long Kiss Goodnight, consulted on the scripts for the previous Iron Man films, adding some much needed pep to the dialogue, and suggesting edits.
Downey Jr. said: "Well Shane, interestingly enough, there was a point when Jon and I were stuck on an idea. We were just in an exploratory phase. So I said, 'We should talk to Shane.'"
It seems that Favreau is willing to return the favour and help out with anything Shane Black might need.
Iron Man 3 is pencilled in for May 3 2013.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Iron Man 3 now has an official writer in the form of Drew Pearce.
Despite rumours that newly-signed director Shane Black would handle the scripting duties as well as the camera-pointing ones, Marvel have hired Pearce to write the Iron Man 3 script.
Pearce has worked with Marvel before, having scribbled the big screen adaptation of Brian K Vaughan's comic The Runaways – which has yet to make its way into production.
ITV2 viewers will also probably recognise Pearce's name from the credits of short-lived series No Heroics, which he created.
Clearly Marvel were drawn to Pearce's experience with both comics and comedies – the latter a key element in the Iron Man franchise.
Deadline report that Pearce will work "closely with Black", which we imagine could lead to a co-writing credit for Black – how can he not write anything? The man's a genius.
Iron Man 3 opens 3 May, 2013.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Shane Black has been confirmed as the director for Iron Man 3.
Just last week there was word that the Kiss Kiss Bang Bang helmer had been taking meetings with Marvel regarding scripting the threequel.
Now it has been confirmed that he will direct Robert Downey Jr. in the film. That scriptwriting news may have been a little off, though, with a source telling Deadline: "That's not figured out."
Obviously, Marvel would be daft not to let Black have a pass at the script, considering he's proved he can handle multi-layered plots with a side of snappy dialogue.
It's understandable that the studio is being cautious, though - there'll be a lot going on in Iron Man 3, seeing as it will have to deal with the fall-out of The Avengers and whatever hell that plotline wreaks.
Still, Shane Black directing Iron Man 3 – a great way to end the week.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Jon Favreau has talked again about the status of Iron Man 3, stating that the threequel will be a continuation of the big screen adventures of Thor, Hulk, Captain America and The Avengers.
While promoting new movie Cowboys & Aliens, the director discussed how the story of Iron Man 3 would be entirely dependent on the fall-out of the other Marvel movies coming out next year.
"Kevin Feige, who's been involved with superhero movies with Marvel movies since the X-Men films, is very aware of his path and how to weave [things together]," says Favs.
"So in theory, Iron Man 3 is going to be a sequel or continuation of Thor, Hulk, Captain America and Avengers' This whole world' I have no idea what it is. I don't think they do either, from conversations I've had with those guys."
This much we pretty much already knew, but it's good to hear it from the horse's mouth.
Though Favreau is still yet to fully commit to a third Iron Man, we assume he'll need to get started on a script soon if he wants to avoid a repeat of Iron Man 2 - which was criticised by audiences for not having a strong enough story.Source: www.totalfilm.com
Iron Man 3 has been given an official release date by Walt Disney Pictures, who have announced that the superhero will be jetting back into cinemas with a solo offering on 3 May, 2013.Source: www.totalfilm.com
4 April 1965
Robert John Ford - Elias Jr.
5' 8½" (1.74 m)
27 September 1972
Gwyneth Kate Paltrow
5' 9" (1.75 m)
29 November 1964
Donald Frank Cheadle
5' 8½" (1.74 m)
31 December 1943
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5 October 1967
Guy Edward Pearce
5' 10" (1.78 m)
19 May 1982
Rebecca Maria Hall
5' 9" (1.75 m)
27 May 1971
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19 October 1966
Jonathan Kolia Favreau
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30 September 1974
Ashley George Hamilton Collins
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28 December 1922
Stanley Martin Lieber
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