With the first trailer for Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 set to hit tomorrow (click here for a sneak peek), new images and details about the movie are beginning to arrive. Six new images have been released plus comments from Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige about the upcoming sequel. Speaking about the involvement of Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow), Feige tells USA Today, “That’s one of the things we love about (Tony) It is not a new girl in every film. Pepper Potts is an incredibly important part of his life and his evolution as a hero. She plays a very big part in this film.”
Hit the jump to check out the images and for more quotes from Feige. The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Guy Pearce, and Ben Kingsley. Iron Man 3 opens in 3D on May 3, 2013. [Update: We’ve added the first image of Kinsley as the villain, The Mandarin.]
Feige says Marvel Studios is aware of the challenge of doing superhero movies post-Avengers:
“Robert is in almost every scene, which, when you have Robert, is not a bad thing,” Feige says. “The goal with Iron Man 3 is to again prove that all of our single heroes are as interesting alone as they are when they’re all together in an Avengers movie.”
And regarding Stark’s new armor (which we described in our write-up of the film’s Comic-Con panel):
“Now we see he’s invented a technology that allows him to basically have the suit arrive to him anywhere at any time, piece by piece,” Feige says. “And it doesn’t always work at first.”
UPDATE: The first trailer for Iron Man 3 has been released! Click here to watch it.
Here’s the official synopsis for Iron Man 3:
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?
Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of Tales of Suspense (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with The Invincible Iron Man (#1) in May of 1968.
Iron Man 3 is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures and DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing and Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Charles Newirth, Stan Lee and Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film releases May 3, 2013, and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.