For Iron Man and Robert Downey, Jr. fans alike, May 3, 2013 can’t arrive fast enough. With a starting budget of $140 million, Disney ponied up another $60 million, reportedly to enhance the special effects and 3D production and help make Iron Man its most successful superhero franchise. After the success of Avengers, Captain America, Thor and the first two installments of Iron Man, Disney is riding on a Marvel high.
Directed by Shane Black, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Drew Pearce, this third installment brings on harsh self-discovery as a new enemy, Mandarin, tests the brash genius on a more personal level. Marvel states on the Iron Man 3 website that this movie is where Stark finds out if it’s the man who makes the suit or if it’s the suit who makes the man. Returning to the series with Downey are Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau. Joining the cast will be Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale and Sir Ben Kingsley who plays Mandarin.
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