Iron Man 3

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Harvey2 Title
Iron Man 3
Harvey2 Aliases
Caged Heat (working title), Iron Man Three
Harvey2 Universe
Film Details
Harvey2 Directors
Shane Black
Harvey2 Screenplay Writers
Harvey2 Musicians
Brian Tyler
Harvey2 Cinematographers
John Toll
Harvey2 Editors
Jeffery Ford
Peter S. Elliot
Harvey2 Distributors
Walt Disney Pictures
Harvey2 Production Companies
Marvel Studios
Harvey2 Running Time
130 minutes
Harvey2 Budget
$200 million
Harvey2 Release Date(s)
April 24, 2013
May 3, 2013 (USA)
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Tony Stark recalls a New Years Eve party in 1999 with scientist Maya Hansen, inventor of Extremis- an experimental regenerative treatment intended to allow recovery from crippling injuries. Disabled scientist Aldrich Killian offers them a place in his company, Advanced Idea Mechanics, but is turned down. Years later, Stark's experiences during the Chitauri invasion on New York are giving him panic attacks. Restless, he has built several Iron Man suits, creating friction with his girlfriend, Pepper Potts. A string of bombings by terrorist the Mandarin, has left intelligence agencies bewildered by lack of forensic evidence.

When Stark Industries security chief Happy Hogan is badly injured in one such attack, Stark overcomes his stupor and issues a televised threat to the Mandarin, who responds by destroying Stark's home with helicopter gunships. Potts and Hansen, who had come to warn them, survive the attack. Stark then finds himself in rural Tennessee after his artificial intelligence J.A.R.V.I.S. followed a flight plan from Stark's investigation into the Mandarin. Stark's experimental armor lacks sufficient power to return to California, and the world believes him dead.

Teaming with Harley, a precocious ten-year-old boy, Stark investigates the remains of a local explosion bearing the hallmarks of a Mandarin attack. He discovers the "bombings" were triggered by soldiers subjected to Extremis, which at this stage of development can cause certain subjects to explosively reject it. After veterans started exploding, their deaths were used to cover up Extremis' flaws by manufacturing a terrorist plot. Stark witnesses Extremis firsthand when Mandarin agents Ellen Brandt and Eric Savin attack him. With Harley's help, Stark traces the Mandarin to Miami and infiltrates his headquarters using improvised weapons. Inside he discovers the Mandarin is actually a British actor, Trevor Slattery, who says that he is oblivious to the actions carried out in his name.

The Mandarin is a creation of Killian, who appropriated Hansen's Extremis research as a cure for his own disability and expanded the program to include injured war veterans. After capturing Stark, Killian reveals he is the true Mandarin; he has kidnapped Potts and subjected her to Extremis, intending to infuse her with super-human abilities and turn her against Stark as leverage to gain Stark's aid in fixing Extremis' flaws. Killian kills Maya when she has a change of heart about the plan.

Killian has also manipulated American intelligence agencies regarding the Mandarin's location, luring James Rhodes—the former War Machine, now re-branded as the Iron Patriot—into a trap to steal the armor. Stark escapes and reunites with Rhodes, discovering that Killian intends to attack President Ellis aboard Air Force One. Remotely controlling his Iron Man armor, Stark saves some surviving passengers and crew but cannot stop Killian from abducting Ellis. They trace Killian to an impounded oil-drilling platform where Killian intends to kill Ellis on live television. The vice president will become a puppet leader, following Killian's orders in exchange for Extremis to cure his daughter's disability.

On the platform, Stark goes to save Potts, and Rhodes saves the president. Stark summons each of his Iron Man suits, controlled remotely by J.A.R.V.I.S., to provide air support. Rhodes secures the president and leads him to safety, while Stark discovers Potts has survived the Extremis procedure. However, before he can save her, a rig collapses around them and she falls to her apparent death. Stark confronts Killian and traps him in an Iron Man suit that self-destructs, but fails to kill him. Potts, whose Extremis powers allowed her to survive her fall, intervenes and kills Killian.

After the battle, Stark orders J.A.R.V.I.S. to destroy each Iron Man suit under Operation Clean Slate protocol as a sign of his intention to devote more time to Potts. The vice president and Slattery are arrested for their crimes. With Stark's help, Potts' Extremis effects are stabilized, and Stark undergoes surgery to remove the shrapnel embedded near his heart. He pitches his obsolete chest arc reactor into the sea, musing he will always be Iron Man.

In the present, Stark wakes up Dr. Bruce Banner, who fell asleep listening at the beginning of Stark's story.

A final title card reads Tony Stark will return.


Wang Xueqi and Fan Bingbing portray Doctor Wu and his assistant in scenes shot specifically for the Chinese version of the film. Wang makes two brief appearances as Dr. Wu at the beginning and end of the film. Stan Lee cameos as a beauty padgeant judge.[2]


  • The film will also be available in RealD 3D, Digital 3D and in IMAX 3D.
  • Although Jon Favreau did not return to direct Iron Man 3, he still appears as Happy Hogan.
  • Wang Xueqi was initially reported to be playing a character named Chen Lu, better known in the comics as the supervillain Radioactive Man.
  • The film was under the working title, Caged Heat. This name has also been used as a distribution alias for the Iron Man 3 digital content packages. The working title of Iron Man 3 was later referenced in the Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King, when it was used as the name given to a TV series in which Trevor Slatter played the main role of its rejected pilot.
  • Earned $174.1 million in the US during its first three days in theatres, scoring the second-highest opening weekend of all time behind Marvel's The Avengers.
  • Became the 16th film to pass $1 billion at the worldwide box office.[3]
  • It is the fifth highest grossing movie of all time.

Blu-Ray Release

right|300pxIron Man 3 first be available digitally, on September 3rd, 2013, with hard copies releasing a few weeks afterwards, on the 24th. Fans will be able to choose between a 3-Disc 3D Blu-Ray Super Set, a 2-Disc Blu-Ray Combo Pack with Digital Copy, a 2-Disc Blu-Ray Combo Pack, and a basic DVD.

Here's what fans can expect in terms of bonus features and extra content:

  • 3-Disc 3D Super Set (Blu-ray 3D+Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Copy+Music Download) - Bonus Includes:
    • Marvel One Shot: Agent Carter
    • Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look Marvel's “Thor: The Dark World”
    • Marvel's Iron Man 3 Unmasked
    • Deconstructing The Scene: Attack On Air Force One
    • Gag Reel
    • Deleted/Extended Scenes
    • Audio Commentary With Drew Pearce & Shane Black
  • 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack with Digital Copy (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital Copy) - Bonus Includes:
    • Same as the 3-Disc 3D Blu-ray Super Set above
  • 2-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray+DVD) Bonus Includes:
    • Same as the 3-Disc 3D Blu-ray Super Set above
  • 1-Disc DVD + Digital Copy - Bonus Includes:
    • Deconstructing The Scene: Attack On Air Force One
    • Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Look Marvel's “Thor: The Dark World”


  • Director Shane Black previously directed Robert Downey Jr. for the 2005 noir comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.
  • This is the first stand-alone Iron Man film and the second film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Samuel L. Jackson does not appear as Nick Fury.
  • At 130 minutes, this is the longest stand-alone Iron Man film.
  • Happy Hogan addresses a secretary (who is off-camera) by the name of "Bambi". In the comics, Bambi is the first name of Stark's longest-serving executive secretary, Bambi Arbogast.
  • According to himself, Stan Lee was originally going to have a more prominent appearance.[4]
  • The working title Caged Heat has subsequently been reused as the name of a fictional 80's crime show, starring Trevor Slattery, that never aired.[5]

See Also

Links and References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. "Stan Lee in 'Iron Man 3'". July 11, 2012. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  3. Twitter - Box Office Mojo
  4. Iron Man 3 Cameo - Stan's Rants - YouTube
  5. Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King


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