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Marvel Studios Releases 'Iron Man 3' Movie Synopsis

Check out what the third installment of the successful movie franchise is going to be about.

It really feels like the third movie is going to take Iron Man back to square one, in a sense. In the first film we saw Tony Stark (played by actor Robert Downey Jr.) literally become Iron Man. We watched as the character overcame odds and built the suit that turned him into a hero. In the second film, we watched him kick a lot of butt but as "top dog." In the third film it seems director Shane Black wants to take Stark back to his roots in the first film and place him at a disadvantage; at least that's what we've gathered from the recently released synopsis.

Marvel Studios’ “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?

We already know that there's a good chance Black drew inspiration from IRON MAN: EXTREMIS, a story arc where Stark pushes the limits of the suit even further; so the last line in the synopsis is pretty telling. "Does the man make the suit, or does the suit make the man?"

Iron Man 3 is set to hit theaters on May 3rd, 2013 and will feature Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes, Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin and many more. Are you looking forward to the upcoming movie?

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Posted by AlKusanagi

Still not a fan of that gold chest plate, but I can't wait otherwise!

Posted by guttridgeb

This looks pretty awesome. I can't wait.

Posted by zachkastner

Sounds like a strong film. Not the usual weighed down third film in a trilogy, especially after the weight of the Avengers adding pressure to Tony's world.

Color me excited.

Posted by Pwok21

Dark Reign, with a hint of Extremis?

HELL YES

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

I'm still dying to know if the rumors of General Ross cameo-ing along side AIM in this film are true (please be true! Rulk vs Hulk in a film. Please Marvel, make it happen.)

Posted by Doctor!!!!!

Basically Iron Man is awesome and watch blow up stuff with Black Sabbath and AC/DC in the background...... I'm throwing my money at the screen now!

Posted by Inverno

I like how they go on without mentioning who is the enemy whose reach knows no bounds.

Posted by jmills

I kinda like the new look for the suit. You gotta love Tony's changing wardrobe.

Posted by BlueLantern1995

@jmills said:

I kinda like the new look for the suit. You gotta love Tony's changing wardrobe.

Posted by War Killer

I'm excited for this!!! ^_^

Posted by Spideycap

@jmills said:

I kinda like the new look for the suit. You gotta love Tony's changing wardrobe.

Same here. Love how every movie so far has featured at least 2 suits, and I'm sure this one will as well. Can't wait, sounds a little more intense than the last 2.

Posted by sentryman555

I wonder what they mean by destroying tony's "personal world" The death of Pepper? O_O I mean even if they're talking about the iron man suit he can always build another one......

Posted by Vermoot

@sentryman555: the death of Happy Hogan ? As he's played by Jon Favreau who's not the movies director anymore, it would make sense. They'd never kill Pepper, though : she didn't die in the comics, and Gwyneth Paltrow is a lovely sight in the movie.

Posted by summerslam1988

@sentryman555: Taking down Stark International?

Posted by Danial79

My guess is that "personal world destroyed" means they'll drain his back account. This also fits with the "Stark is left to survive by his own devices" line.

Posted by MisterKetch

How is this news? I remember reading a synopsis for Iron Man 3 on Wikipedia after my second time seeing The Avengers in theaters.

Posted by InnerVenom123

Please do extremis.

Please.

Please I beg you.

Posted by braynehurricane

@Danial79: Seems a bit similar to another recent third film in a superhero series though, doesn't it?

Posted by dmkicksballs13

If they borrow heavily from the extremis storyline and they do Mandarin well (I don't know if Ben Kingsley is the right choice) then they'll be fine.

Posted by Danial79

@braynehurricane said:

@Danial79: Seems a bit similar to another recent third film in a superhero series though, doesn't it?

Ha! That never even clicked :) Though that doesn't necessarily mean they won't go there.

Posted by Tony_Shark

@Pwok21 said:

Dark Reign, with a hint of Extremis?

HELL YES

Yes! I'm happy they are using two of his best stories!

Posted by TheMess1428

Am I the only one who feels as though they didn't really say anything about whats in the story in that synopsis?

Posted by cmaprice

I just hope it's better than the subpar second film.

Posted by sentryman555

@Vermoot said:

@sentryman555: the death of Happy Hogan ? As he's played by Jon Favreau who's not the movies director anymore, it would make sense. They'd never kill Pepper, though : she didn't die in the comics, and Gwyneth Paltrow is a lovely sight in the movie.

oh I didn't think about the death of Happy Hogan! But between him and Pepper who everyone at this point has to know they're going out. I thought Pepper would be the likely target.

@summerslam1988 said:

@sentryman555: Taking down Stark International?

That could make sense with the whole suit makes the man or man makes the suit thing. Kind of what they did in Dark Knight Rises with Batman but I don't really see what tony can do without his suits.......

Posted by Namor1987

Is that the Extremis or Bleeding Edge armor? It looks clean as heck

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Two things come to mind when I think of this synopsis. On the one hand, the Extremis story arc is a dead giveaway. On the other is this song...

Seriously..."Marvel Studios’ “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?"...who can deny the similarities between this song and what Stark must do in this upcoming film?

Posted by Dernman
@AlKusanagi said:

Still not a fan of that gold chest plate

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Posted by JamDamage

what has Shane Black done before??? I don't know about this movie.

Posted by nerfherderIV

I never read too many Iron man comics but I do enjoy the films. I am not digging the new armor at all. However! Its genius! If you change the armor you add a sence of something new and different that has not been in the first two movies. So I hate it but I understand it. IDK....... Tony Stark is Awesome. Right guys?

Posted by ARMIV2

Well, that does it. I'm officially too excited now. Are you happy, Marvel? Now the rest of my year has been ruined because of the anticipation for this movie.

I hope you guys are happy.

Posted by GothamRed

Well it looks like Marvel's coming out swinging after their grand slam success. I'm glad they used the success to inspired them to keep making great stories and delving deeper and deeper into such established characters instead of thinking that they've peaked and anyone will come see anything they slap their name on without having to try like so many other franchises do. Well played Marvel.

Posted by That60sGuy

Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin... oh lordy lordy lord. Looks like Gandhi's finally resorting to violence.

Posted by Lvenger

A combination of the Extremis story arc and the Mandarin portrayed as he should be by Ben Kingsley would round off the Iron Man trilogy nicely.

Posted by Gotham331

I wonder if Shane Black has seen Dark Knight Rises?

Posted by BatWatch

It sounds to me like Pepper Potts might die sometime early in the third movie? Anybody concur?

Posted by riiiiiiiight

stoked!

Posted by Or35ti

am i the only one who finds these synopsis' completely vague and unrevealing? almost pointless.

Posted by Emperormeister734

Well I'm ready for it

Posted by GR2Blackout

Sounds like every OTHER third part of a superhero trilogy.

I mean, come on.

Spider-Man 3, The Dark Knight Rises....

They get put to the test with one of their "hardest enemies yet" (Venom, Bane...) blah blah blah hot chick introduced to trilogy (Gwen Stacy, Catwoman...), blah blah blah somethin' bad happens (Peter gets symbiote, Bruce gives up being Batman....), blah blah blah in the end somebody dies (Harry Osborn, ...), etc., etc.

But I'm still excited for this movie, though.

If they pull it off like TDKR, that's a relief.

If they pull it off like Spider-Man 3, well.... let's just say it can never be as bad as "X-Men Origins: Barakapool".

Posted by Video_Martian

So happy that Mandarin's appearing...

Posted by tensixteen

i have not watched any of the iron movies but marvel's avengers was just amazing. i might check this one out

Posted by AmazingWebHead

Finally, Iron Man vs Mandarin on the big screen!

Plus, I hear there's an after-credits scene with Ant-Man!

Posted by TDK_1997

I really want this to be Extremis.