Here are a handful of Iron Man bits and pieces. Put them together and you’ve probably got enough to make a single repulsor – and judging from the odd subtle tease out of Marvel, that will be enough for Tony too, at times.
The current big rumour comes courtesy of Latino Review who, quite clearly, have some spies on set. I’m buying it completely. You may wish to skip this quote as it’s a tad spoilery.
The Extremis-enhanced bad guys under direction of Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin villain are going to be too much for Tony to handle on his own, so he thinks ahead, thinks big and has a plan. Tony’s about to go out and fight some bad guys when he mentions the Mark XLVII to Pepper Potts. Pepper asks what happened to the other forty and Tony just smiles.
From the cockpit of Mark XLVII Tony is able to control multiple armors in battle. We over here at LR have been vaguely aware of an action scene where Tony was going to control multiple Iron Man suits (presumably they look similar to distract his enemies as to the location of kill-able Iron Man Prime), but the number 40 seems…awesome. 40 Iron Men.
They have a little more context in the original report.
The character of Chen Lu has been cast in Iron Man 3, though not necessarily with any reference to his Radioactive Man alter ego. Reports are abundant that he’ll be played by Wang Xueqi. I believe the news was actually broken by JWB so all credit to them.
Other stories claim that the role is just for a post-credits cameo, but there’s no actual substantiation for that just yet. Seems to trace back to no more than somebody’s blind assumption.
Legacy Effects, the creator of Iron Man’s on-screen prop suits, will be bringing a range of his 3D printed helmets to London’s big maker expo, 3D Print Show 2012. The show’s PR says:
This will be an amazing opportunity for fans (like myself) of Iron Man to come and see it. Legacy Effects will also holding seminars and workshops for attendees which will be held by Jason Lopes who has worked on movies such as The Avengers, Snow White & The Huntsman, The Amazing Spiderman, Total Recall, & Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, where they will be able to answer your questions, evaluate your skillsets and share how they developed the additional skills needed to work more effectively with 3D printing.
Will they let us wear them? No, I don’t imagine they will. Boo?
Speaking to Vulture, Guy Pearce has called his Iron Man 3 role a “cameo” and compared it to his role in Prometheus. Sure. Fine. Didn’t we sort of expect this, anyway, from the Extremis comics?
Production on Iron Man 3 is expected to move to China very soon, though this may only be second unit work. We’ll see.
The film is set for release on April 24th next year, at least in the US.