Overview

Iron Man 3 is a 2013 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

Storyline

Marvel’s “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? Written by Jawadjee

Interesting facts

  • Disney bought the distribution rights from Paramount for $115 million. This deal also included The Avengers. However, as with The Avengers, under the conditions of the deal, Paramount will be the studio logo to appear and not Disney’s. It is expected that no reference to Disney will be made until the very end of the closing credits, “Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.”
  • Originally, Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures were looking to shoot this movie in Michigan due to the tax incentives. However, due to North Carolina guaranteeing a $20 million tax credit, the producers decided to shoot there instead.
  • Gemma Arterton, Diane Kruger and Isla Fisher were considered for the role of Maya Hansen. Jessica Chastain was cast but she dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Rebecca Hall was cast in her place.
  • Including the bonus post-credits scene in The Incredible Hulk, this will be Downey’s fifth portrayal of Tony Stark/Iron Man.
  • Jude Law was considered for the role of Aldrich Killian.
  • This is the first film in the series not to be directed by Jon Favreau, who turned down the offer to direct Magic Kingdom and Jersey Boys. He later admitted that not directing allowed him to have more fun with his character Happy Hogan, saying that he was like “a proud grandfather who doesn’t have to change the diapers but gets to play with the baby.”
  • One scene was shot inside Epic Games, a video game development company known for the Gears of War franchise.
  • In the comics, the Iron Patriot was an alias used by Spider-Man’s nemesis, the Green Goblin Norman Osborn. In this film, it is a new set of Iron Man armor that bears Captain America’s color scheme. Kevin Feige described it as a post-Avengers government response: “These crazy heroes the Avengers saved the day, not the government. The government felt they needed a hero of their own – they have a military officer that has one of these suits, and they paint it red, white, and blue. It gave us a place to go with Rhodey and his split loyalties between his friend and his duty, and you also get to be reminded of the trust and friendship between Rhodey and Stark in great buddy-cop fashion.”
  • Production was delayed on August 15, 2012, when Robert Downey Jr.’s ankle was injured in a stunt.
  • Shane Black described the film as “a Tom Clancy thriller”, with the focus on real-world type villains and not “two men in iron suits fighting each other”.
  • Kevin Feige described the film as “a full-on Tony Stark-centric movie… 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, Cap or Nick Fury, and he can’t look for the Helicarrier in the sky.” Robert Downey Jr. further described the character as influenced by a post-The 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?”
  • Andy Lau was in talks to play the role of Chen Lu (Radioactive Man), but dropped out upon the birth of his first child. Daoming Chen and Wu Xiubowere considered for the role, before finally Xueqi Wang was cast.
  • The destruction of Stark’s Malibu mansion was filmed at the EUE/Screen Gems Studios water tank (exteriors) and on a special soundstage in Wilmington, North Carolina (interiors). The soundstage was built on a special moving gimball, which allowed the entire set to be tilted 45 degrees and reset easily.
  • Robert Downey Jr. had previously starred in Shane Black’s film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, and spoke highly of Black replacing Jon Favreau, saying that “bringing in Shane Black to write and direct the film is basically the only thing that Favreau and the audience and Marvel and I could ever actually sign off on.”
  • According to producer Kevin Feige, the Mandarin is portrayed with an ambiguous background: “It’s less about his specific ethnicity than the analogy of various cultures and their iconography that he perverts for his own end. We’re not saying he’s Chinese, we’re saying he draws a cloak around him of Chinese symbols and dragons because it represents his obsession with Sun Tzu and various ancient arts of warfare that he has studied.”
  • This will mark the first time Samuel L. Jackson does not appear in an “Iron Man” related movie as Nick Fury.
  • Unlike the first two Iron Man films, Industrial Light and Magic is not involved with the film’s VFX. Instead, Digital Domain and Weta Digital took over.
  • The film’s composer Brian Tyler is the third composer to score an Iron Man film, following Ramin Djawadi for Iron Man and John Debney of Iron Man 2.
  • According to Kevin Feige, the Mandarin is inspired by Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now: “He wants to represent this sort of prototypical terrorist, someone who worked for the intelligence community, who went nuts in the field and became this sort of devotee of war tactics.”
  • A.I.M. (Advanced Idea Mechanics) is the scientific organization headed by Aldrich Killian. In the comics, it was a more straightforward organization of evil terrorist scientists.
  • The first day Robert Downey Jr. and Sir Ben Kingsley met on set, they snapped a photo together to send to director and mutual friend Sir Richard Attenborough.
  • Property master Russell Bobbitt designed a custom set of ten rings for the Mandarin. These rings are Bobbitt’s favourite props from the film.
  • The Mandarin’s lair was shot at the Villa Vizcaya (exteriors) and at a private South Beach waterfront (interiors).
  • Kevin Feige described the film’s core theme as a love story: “The love triangle in this movie is between Tony, Pepper and his obsession with those suits, and the obsession with technology. Yes, there’s a bad guy. Yes, the stakes are very very high. But the real stakes are, is Tony going to be able to set aside spending every day in that workshop tinkering with the suits in order to focus on Pepper, the one thing that matters most?”
  • James Badge Dale summed up his role as Coldblood as: “Ben Kingsley is the mouthpiece. Guy Pearce is the brain. I’m the muscle.”
  • The film was originally budgeted at $140 million, but after The Avengers became a huge hit, Marvel Studios and Disney upped it to $200 million in order to allow Shane Black to make the best movie he could.
  • At 130 minutes, this is the longest stand-alone Iron Man film.
  • Shane Black admitted that Jon Favreau gave him tips and advice during filming (for which he was very grateful and thankful for) though noted that this film would have a “different feel” than the other two.
  • The ring on the Mandarin’s right pinkie is the same one Raza wears in the first Iron Man film.

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