More Iron Man 3 Images, Downey Jr. Teases His Departure From The Role

A new set of Iron man 3 images, apparently scanned from the new issue of Empire magazine, reveal… well, not a fat lot. That not only do Advanced Idea Mechanics appear in the film, as set pictures from last Summer teased, they at the very least give Tony Stark a T-shirt.

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And then there’s this pretty clear indication of an Iron Man power suit functioning with nobody inside. Or at least lighting up its doobrie without Tony Stark inside.

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While, finally, this image of Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts and Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian show off… er… well, there are Stark decals in the window.

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I’m expecting a strategic partnership between Stark and AIM. I’m also expecting it to go tits up once he finds out that they’re a power crazed offshoot of Hydra. If they are. Maybe they’re Ten Rings affiliated in the Movieverse. We’ll see.

Now, as well as these pictures, also in Empire are a few quotes from Robert Downey Jr. about his inevitable departure from the role of Tony Stark. He’s playing it pretty delicately, I think – likely because contracts have yet to be signed for him to come back. If he is going to come back.

Here’s what he said:

I feel that the first time I played Tony, I did it best… how do you sustain something? I’m not stupid, I like to play ball, I love the company, I love the character, and the business side of things, I’m not too picky about that either… Tony’s going to carry on. Avengers 2 already has a release date… It would probably be the best thing in the world for me [to stop]… I don’t have to overstay my welcome…

This is not the first time Downey, or indeed Kevin Feige, has tired to prepare us for a replacement Stark.

Who on Earth, though? Who could it possibly be?

Iron Man 3 is released in the UK this April 26th, then a week later in the US. Rule Britannia.

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