Iron Man 3 is filming right now and on schedule to release at the beginning of next summer. People are waiting in anticipation, hoping that this time around will bring out the best in the franchise. And even as the cameras roll, some secrets are starting to leak out about the new flick. It seems that Marvel Studios can not stem the inevitable (or perhaps encourages it).
In a recent interview, writer of Iron Man 3 Gabe Toro revealed some interesting details regarding the newest installment in the franchise.
With regards to casting, fans can expect all the regulars to return in some capacity or another, along with some additions:
Guy Pearce as Dr. Aldrich Killian
Rebecca Hall as Maya Hansen
James Badge Dale as Eric Savin
Ashley Hamilton as Firepower
William Sadler as ‘A General’
Ben Kingsley as… sorta the Mandarin
Some actors that Marvel hoped to bring onboard were Andy Lau and Val Kilmer, but they are no longer attached to the project. Apparently, Lau was supposed to play a character who was a spin-off of Chen Lu (AKA Radioactive Man). The word is that he’s only showing up in the post-scene, however, probably setting him up for the next film that Marvel Studios is pushing. Whether someone else will be taking over the role is unknown.
Toro went on to explain that Kingsley is a version of the Mandarin, but did not say how closely related to the character from the comics he is. He also said that S.H.I.E.L.D. will play a role in the film. This will be minus one R.I.P. Agent Coulson, whose role as watchdog over Stark will be replaced by Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). For those that can’t remember, her character showed up in the Avengers. It is also hinted that she may end up taking the place of Coulson overall for future Marvel Studios flicks.
And here’s where it starts to get a little speculative…
In an interview with Edgar Wright this year, he stated:
So as not to jinx things, I am going to remain spectacularly vague on this. Let’s just say I hope to shoot some Ant-Man & World’s End this year.
Which gives rise that maybe he’s doing the post-scene to set up the Ant-Man storyline. Joss Whedon did his set-up at the end of Thor, so it would be in keeping with Marvel’s teaser practices. Other statements during the Toro interview seem to suggest that this is indeed the case.
Look for Iron Man 3 in theaters next year, May 3rd.
Thanks to screenrant for the info.