Iron Man 3 is an upcoming American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.1 It will be the sequel to Iron Man and Iron Man 2, and the seventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, being the first major release in that franchise since the crossover film The Avengers. Shane Black is set to direct a screenplay he co-wrote with Drew Pearce, which will be based on the “Extremis” story arc by Warren Ellis. Jon Favreau, who directed the first two films, serves as executive producer, along with Kevin Feige.Robert Downey, Jr. reprises his role as the title character, with Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and Favreau reprising their roles as Pepper Potts, James Rhodes, and Happy Hogan, respectively. Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, and Ben Kingsley round out the film’s principal cast.
After the release of Iron Man 2, The Walt Disney Company, Marvel Entertainment’s new corporate parent, agreed to pay Paramount Pictures, the distributor of the first two Iron Man films, $115 million for the worldwide distribution rights to both Iron Man 3 and The Avengers. Favreau decided not to return as director, and in February 2011 Black was hired as the film’s director. Throughout April and May 2012, the film’s supporting cast was filled out, with Kingsley, Pearce, and Hall brought in to portray key roles. Filming began on May 23, 2012 and it was shot primarily in North Carolina, with additional filming in Florida and China. Iron Man 3 is scheduled to be released on May 3, 2013, and the film will be converted to 3D in post-production.
Tony Stark faces a powerful enemy, the Mandarin, when he embarks on a quest to find those responsible for destroying his private world. Along the way, he discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: “Does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?”.
A self-described genius, billionaire, playboy, and philanthropist who escaped captivity with a suit of armor he created, who now struggles to keep his technology in the right hands.On making a third Iron Man film, Downey replied “My sense of it is that we need to leave it all on the field — whatever that means in the end. You can pick several different points of departure for that.”Downey, who had previously starred in Black’s film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, said, “Bringing in Shane Black to write and direct Iron Man 3 to me is basically the only transition from Favreau to a ‘next thing’ that Favreau and the audience and Marvel and I could ever actually sign off on.”On following up The Avengers, Downey said that they “tried to be practical, in a post-Avengers world. What are his challenges now? What are some limitations that might be placed on him? And what sort of threat would have him, as usual, ignore those limitations?”.
Following the release of Iron Man 2, a conflict between Paramount Pictures, which had distribution rights to certain Marvel properties, and The Walt Disney Company, Marvel Entertainment’s new corporate parent, clouded the timing and the distribution arrangement of a possible third film.On October 18, 2010, Walt Disney Studios agreed to pay Paramount at least $115 million for the worldwide distribution rights to Iron Man 3 and The Avengers.Disney, Marvel, and Paramount announced a May 3, 2013 release date for Iron Man 3.
Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau said in December 2010 that he would not direct Iron Man 3, opting to direct Magic Kingdom instead. He remained an executive producer of director Joss Whedon’s crossover film The Avengers and will also serve as an executive producer of Iron Man 3.In February 2011 Shane Black entered final negotiations to direct and write the screenplay,and in March Drew Pearce was hired to co-write the screenplay.Black described his take on the film as not being “two men in iron suits fighting each other”, and more like a “Tom Clancy thriller”, with Iron Man fighting real world type villains.Filming began in Wilmington, North Carolina on May 23, 2012 at EUE/Screen Gems Studios. From June 4 through June 6, filming took place in Cary, North Carolina at the Epic Games headquarters,with a large Christmas tree set up on the front lawn.A scene was also shot at the Wilmington International Airport.On set photos in North Carolina featured an actor wearing armor similar to the “Iron Patriot” suit from the comics. It was later reported to be the War Machine armor painted in red, white and blue.Another picture appeared online showing a building with a sign saying AIM, Advanced Idea Mechanics. In late June it was reported that the large water tank in the EUE/Screen Gems Studios was being used to film a scene in which Stark’s Malibu mansion would be destroyed and fall into the ocean.It was also reported that Andy Lau had turned down the role he was negotiating to play, due to the birth of his first child on May 9. With Lau out, other actors in consideration for the role included Chen Daoming and Wu Xiubo. Chinese actresses reportedly contacted for separate roles included Yao Chen and Fan Bingbing.
From July 19 to August 1 filming took place on Oak Island, North Carolina, to “film aerial drops over the Atlantic Ocean”In late July, it was reported that Stephanie Szostak had been cast in the film.Filming took place in Rose Hill, North Carolina in early August 2012. On August 14, actress Dale Dickey said she had been cast in the film, and was currently shooting her scenes.On August 15, production was halted when Robert Downey, Jr. suffered an ankle injury.Shooting had resumed by August 24.In early September, it was reported that Wang Xueqi had been cast for a role for which Lau had initially been cast.
Cast and crew began arriving in Florida on October 1, to shoot scenes on Dania Beach and around South Florida.That same day, Robert Downey Jr. returned to the set after his ankle injury.In early October, scenes were shot at a replica of the Malibu restaurant Neptune’s Net,and filming took place on location at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardens.A flashback scene of New Year’s 1999/2000 was being filmed at the Miami Beach Resort, Miami Beach, FL on October 10 and 11, 2012. The production returned to Wilmington in mid-October for additional filming.On November 1, scenes were shot at the Vizcaya Museum and Gardensand at an abandoned cement factory made up as an Afghanistan village market.Filming in the United States wrapped on November 7 in Wilmington.
Filming began in Beijing, China on December 10. Filming was scheduled to wrap a week later on December 17, 2012.The China filming will not include the main cast and crew.In January 2013, it was reported that a film crew led by Shane Black will begin location scouting in India between January 20 and 24.Also in January, Don Cheadle confirmed that reshooting is taking place in Manhattan Beach.