First Official Set Photo from IRON MAN 3

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Last week, we showed you some unofficial set photos from Iron Man 3.  Disney has now released the first official set photo, and while it won’t blow anyone’s mind, it’s still nice to see all the various Iron Man armor lined up.  For some reason, Tony Stark even has the Iron Man: Mach-1 armor, which I thought was lost in the desert.  I also wish a couple of the pods didn’t have the full armor, but just a suitcase or some bracelets.

Hit the jump to check out the set photo.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale, Ashley Hamilton, and Guy PearceIron Man 3 opens May 3, 2013.

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Here’s the press release Disney sent along with the photo to announce the start of production:

Following in the footsteps of the record-breaking Marvel Studios’ release “Marvel’s The Avengers,” production on the highly anticipated film “Iron Man 3,” directed by Shane Black, has commenced production in Wilmington, North Carolina. The production schedule will also include locations in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, Miami, Florida and China.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, “Iron Man 3” returns Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as the iconic Super Hero character Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Gwyneth Paltrow (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,”) as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle (“Iron Man 2”) as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and Jon Favreau (“Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2”) as Happy Hogan. Set for release in the U.S. on May 3, 2013, Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” marks the second feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009.

Iron Man 2 movie poster“Iron Man 3” continues the epic, big-screen adventures of the world’s favorite billionaire inventor/Super Hero, Tony Stark aka “Iron Man.” Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard and Dan Mintz.

The creative production team on the film includes two-time Oscar®-winning director of photography John Toll, ASC (“Braveheart,” “Legends of the Fall”), production designer Bill Brzeski (“The Hangover,” “Due Date”), editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Captain America: The First Avenger”) and Peter S. Elliot (“Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer”), and costume designer Louise Frogley (“Quantum of Solace,” “Contagion”).

Marvel Studios most recently produced the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which is currently in release, continues to shatter box office records and is The Walt Disney Studios’ highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marks the studios’ fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.

In the summer of 2011, Marvel successfully launched two new franchises with “Thor,” starring Chris Hemsworth, and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” starring Chris Evans. Both films opened #1 at the box office and have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. In 2010 “Iron Man 2,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke, took the #1 spot in its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million.

In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk.” “Iron Man,” in which Robert Downey Jr. originally dons the Super Hero’s powerful armor and stars alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008, and was an immediate box office success. Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million in its opening weekend. On June 13, 2008, Marvel released “The Incredible Hulk,” marking its second number one opener of that summer.

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  • IcemanHill

    Tony got the Mark 1 armor back after defeating The Iron Monger in Ironman. Remember Obadiah Stane took it from the Ten Rings leader and used it as a template to create his armor at Stark Industry’s.

  • ClarkKent2o6

    It’s “Mark 1″, Matt…

    The Iron Man Mark 1 suit was recovered from Stane, and has always been apart of Iron Man’s collection… might want to make that edit quickly, the fan boys will tear into you over this one.

  • dustin

    ” I also wish a couple of the pods didn’t have the full armor, but just a suitcase or some bracelets.” How do you find a complaint in a single photo. Negative Nelly!

  • Yahzee

    So he got them all refurbished, but why Rhodes gave him back the Mark II suit? With so many suits is starting to remind me to Batman from the Schumacher movies, one for each occasion :D

  • Jamesy

    Cannot wait for this!! Shane Black and RDJ back together, I’m expecting some quirky ass lines!

  • nkutzler

    Yeah, most of the suits were destroyed at some point (Mark II stolen). Stark likes to build, even if that means rebuilding his old armor for the ole’ display case.

  • Phoenix

    Two point of interest in the picture:

    1. The Mark 2 armor shouldn’t be there as it was used to make the War Machine armor.

    2. Why aren’t the Mark 4, 5, 6 and 7 armors not damaged like the Mark 3? The reason he keeps upgrading the armors is because the old one gets damaged.

    • Evan

      To your first point, I think it’s best to ignore Iron Man 2 when going into Iron Man 3. Rhodey may not even don the armor again.

      • Thundersauresrex

        Yeahabout the first two points….the suit may have been used to make War Machine but it doesnt mean the Mark II was actually used in entirety hthere for would have it in his collection. two he always shined them up and replaced the past suits both from his cynism of anythign can happen and then couple that with his high OCD. not to mention if you look closely there are apre parts and broken parks taht would into some of the earlier armor lying around the room. and to the reply why is there so much hate for iron man 2? its not an amazing movie. no. but its no bad. and stupid fucking fan boys always bitch as if its the LAW that Iron Man 2 isnt part of the universe and should be ignored. what the hell??? obviously with the suits in the collection Iron Man 2 existed. Black Widow references her interactions with Stark from Iron Man 2 in Avengers as well as Nick FUry does the same thing. just cause you didnt like it doesnt mean others didnt. i enjoyed Iron Man 2. not a GREAT movie but still in the universe. hate fanboys like you.

    • gph-artist

      In the comics, Tony upgrades armor as technology improves or for specific needs (Stealth Armor, Space Armor). He generally keeps all the suits in working order and has had to turn to older versions when his newer tech becomes compromised.

    • Phoenix

      I can understand Tony wanting to keep his old armors for specific uses (both the Mark 5 and 7 don’t require the help of external machines to put on), but in the three films that Iron Man has appeared, he’s only used one refurbished armor: the Mark 6 for The Avengers.

      I guess the only thing that bothered me about the photo is that in “Iron Man 2″ it was stated that the Mark 2 armor did not have any weapons installed and was used to make the War Machine armor. The military didn’t have the know how to deconstruct the machine and create something new. They simply had Hammer stick a bunch of weapons on it that can be operated from inside the suit.

      And now to nitpick (I apologize in advance): While it’s true that in the comics the armors get upgraded due to technological advancements and/or specific uses, it has been barely addressed in the films. Both the Mark 3 and 4 armors are basically the same. The Mark 5 armor is useful for on the go. The Mark 6 armor is the same as the Mark 3 and 4 with only the added laser in the arms that cuts down everything in its path and the boosters behind the knees. And lastly the Mark 7 armor had added weapons in the shoulders as well the ability to be worn through the use of laser-sync bracelets. All in all, the armors are the same and the new ones only gets showcased when the old one is damaged.

      • Thundersauresrex

        Number one does everything need to be explained? we know he’s OCD that should be enough to why he has all the suits and why he keeps them NEW looking. number two he doesnt like people having his stuff and even though the suit was “Stolen” (If you remember the conversation between Toney Stark and NIck Fury there were subtle hints that when teh suit was “stolen” Stark actually intended for Rhodey to steal it thinking he was gunna die he believed he needed a replacement. this was also shown through his wreckloose attitude as well as the fight they had was more of a training for RHodey than anything else.) the suit DID HAVE WEAPONS and was fully functional. NUMBER 3 they never explained that the War Machine suit was the actual mark 2 and not a replacement much like the other marks. they showed the suit being taken apart but never re assembled so it could be said that the war machine suit is a BRAND NEW SUIT and after Rhodes saw the importance of what Tony was doing and the sinister plot behind Hammer gave him the Mark 2 back which he fixed up. The War Machine Suit probably stays with Rhodes.

  • Lance

    You know what would be cool? If instead of seeing all his different suits of armor all the time, Tony actually kept a trophy case full of the different bots and powered suits he’d defeated.

  • tarek

    I have nothing against Don Cheadle, but Rhodey is Terrence Howard. There was no chemistry at all between RDJ and Don Cheadle

    • lasciv

      Man, you got all the good points.

    • lasciv

      Iron man 3 is based on extremis story. I hope we get to see tony integrate jarvis’ AI platform and then use the nanotech assimiliation armor. Looking forward to the encore unfolding of the marvel universe.

      • Joe

        “Based on” and not the actual story. It will be highly tinkered with to prepare the ground for Marvel Phase II.

        Iron Man 3 is going to be very critical as the first Marvel film to set the ball rolling on this.

        Just as Marvel couldn’t afford to muck up The Avengers, they really need IM3 to do well so that the rest of their plans in the lead-up to The Avengers 2 can flow.

  • Armand

    MAN I CANT WAIT, MARVEL PHASE 2 BEGINS!!! Im really hoping this is the good part 3 of the series (The Toy Story 3 or Last Crusade if you will). From the talent involved, and the fact that there was no writers strike going on when Black and Pierce wrote this, I’m very optimistic!

  • Masshuu il Thulcandra

    I’m just disappointed ‘War Machine’ didn’t show up at the last minute to kick some alienass. All Rhodies look alike.

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  • Joe

    Amazing. All my childhood fantasies coming true.
    RDJ has an enviable job.
    He IS Iron Man!

  • anders

    umm… is it just me or is the “Mark 2″ that we think we see actually kind of transparent? Zoom in, you’ll see what I mean. It may not be the Mark 2 at all

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