Full Synopsis for IRON MAN 3 Teases Revenge and Answered Questions

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We were recently treated to an official synopsis for Marvel’s upcoming sequel Thor: The Dark World that shed a light on the story of the godly follow-up, and now the studio has released a full synopsis for Iron Man 3.  Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige previously noted that the third entry in the Iron Man franchise would metaphorically get Tony Stark “back to the cave,” in a place where he’s stripped of everything and left with only his intelligence to fight his way back.  This synopsis teases just that, as Stark finds himself on a sort of revenge mission after his “personal world is destroyed” by his enemy (Ben Kingsley’s The Mandarin).  The synopsis also promises an answer to a question that’s central to Stark’s character: does the suit make the man or does the man make the suit?

Hit the jump to read the full synopsis.  Directed by Shane Black, the film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, and Guy PearceIron Man 3 opens in 3D on May 3rd, 2013.

iron-man-3-movie-image-set-photoHere’s the official synopsis, courtesy of Marvel/Disney:

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.




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  • wacko3205

    Nice.
    Can’t wait to see this one.
    Ben Kingsley is a great choice for the Mandarin.
    Curious to see how the costume is going to work out.
    I do actually hope that the Extremis storyline is the focal point of the film.
    Guy Pearce is one of the most underrated actors across the board right now.
    Hope he has an actual part/back story on this reel.

    • Darrin Ramroop

      this is marvel first trilogy, pretty sure the aren’t gonna mess up

      • Afilmguy

        This is not Marvel’s first trilogy.

  • SilverTongue

    PEPPER DIES. There. Now you all know.

  • K

    All the sexist Pepper-hating slash lovers need to just screw off. Pepper is NOT going to get killed off. Not in Iron Man 3, not in Avengers 2, NEVER. Know why? Because RDJ wants Tony/Pepper in the movies, and Marvel will bend over backwards and kiss their own asses to keep their golden boy happy. So suck on it haters, you lose!

    • bob

      why does hating pepper make you sexist? I don’t technically hate her this is just a question.

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  • Carl

    I’d say Potts is safe, War Machine is the one that should be worried. What’s the point of keeping him alive now?

  • choice

    I think in Robert Downey Jr’s case, the answer is obvious: the suits makes the man and the man makes the suit. It is rare in movies that the casting is as spot on as it is in Iron Man.

  • Akurei

    wished Terrence Howard would come back as Rhodey..
    I didnt enjoy seeing Don Cheadle playing Rhodey.. twas a let down for me..

    • Liv

      same here. i really liked Terrence Howard

  • Nick

    The Iron Man Rises?

  • Chris

    Very stoked about this one, absolutely loved Kiss Kiss Bang Bang so Shane Black and RDJ together is absolutely great. I hope Pepper gets a suit and lots of great character scenes with Tony along with some cool action. I like that Jon F is also back as Happy and I hope we see some cool scenes with him. Yeah I agree Terrence H was a better Rhodey and had better chemistry with RDJ. Don C plays it a bit too dull. Guy Pearce and James Badgley are cool additions and although I rather have Jessica Ch than Rebecca H I hope it’s OK. Of course Sir Ben is really interesting.

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