I’ve added 56 HQs from the Comic-Con Panel of yesterday of Iron Man 3 and Marvel in San Diego.
Robert Downey Jr. appeared in a video which was played during Marvel’s Blu-ray event for “The Avengers” at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, July 13 night. The Iron Man depicter greeted specific group of fans from one of the lavatory units at the “Iron Man 3” North Carolina set.
“I am coming to you live from a bathroom stall in Wilmington, North Carolina, where I am prepping to shoot the very famous toilet escape sequence from Iron Man 3. I’d like to congratulate you for being here, sitting where you are today, as am I, dropping a water moccasin,” Downey Jr. said, holding a microphone while sitting on a toilet.
He was there to introduce “Item 47″, a short film which will be attached to the home video release. Approximately 10 minutes long, the film takes place after the events of “The Avengers” and follows a young couple played by Jesse Bradford and Lizzy Caplan. The couple discovers how to use an alien weapon left behind by the Chitauri and uses it to rob a bank. Two S.H.I.E.L.D. agents, played by Titus Welliver and Maximiliano Hernandez, track them down.
“So everyone’s seen ‘The Avengers’, right?” Downey Jr. said in his intro. “You know that at the end of ‘The Avengers’, we left New York in tatters. And while there’s plenty of clean-up, one very important item was left behind. So I’ll let you see it for yourself – this exclusive short film directed by my dear friend and Marvel co-president – isn’t that synchronistic – Louis D’Esposito.”
The audience were able to watch “Item 47″ after they completed a scavenger hunt involving hints of where the screening would take place. The first 300 to arrive at United Artist 14 Theater in San Diego’s Westfield Plaza were treated with the short film’s screening as well as a short Q & A session with the cast and crew.
Iron Man 3
Is Iron Man more than just a guy in a suit? In the third solo outing for billionaire good guy Tony Stark, he may actually become one with his armor. The exclusive concept image above, which Marvel Studios will be giving out at Comic-Con, shows Robert Downey Jr.’s character surrounded by unknown attackers, with only his arm and leg encased in armor. What’s happening here? The context isn’t immediately clear (and Marvel isn’t talking), but the image matches the way Stark’s armor attaches to him in the 2005-06 comic-book series, Iron Man: Extremis. The title refers to a nanotech serum that allows humans to bond to metal, becoming ”biological combat machines.” It builds a control sheath into his body, which draws the armor to him by mental command. Judging by Stark’s look of surprise, this may be the first test of that. Downey does tell EW that he wants to radically challenge Stark’s identity, rather than just have him battle another bad guy. ”These things tend to, in Act 3, really become about the same old things. So let’s really flip that,” he says. ”I feel like I don’t know where you go after Iron Man 3. Leave it all on the field, you know?” A little thing called The Avengers 2 makes us think Tony will be just fine. (Marvel, May 3, 2013) —Anthony Breznican
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This is a busy time for Hollywood East.
On one side of Wilmington, N.C., Robert Downey, Jr. was spotted shooting “Iron Man 3“ at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Over at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Hilary Swank posed with fans while shooting the HBO TV movie “Mary and Martha.” About 45 minutes away in Southport, N.C., Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel have been filming the Nicholas Sparks adaptation “Safe Haven” and Josh’s wife, Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie, joined them in town for the Fourth of July Festival.
According to a fan on the “Iron Man” set, the production changed the name of Wilmington’s hospital to “Los Angeles Mercy Medical Hospital” while shooting the Friday, July 6 scene. The city’s Star News has several photos of Robert Downey, Jr. on set.
Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays Pepper Potts opposite RDJ’s Tony Stark, has also been in Wilmington for “Iron Man” and she posted a note on her Goop.com site about “getting a kick-ass cooking lesson from James Beard nominee Keith Rhodes (one of if not the best chef in Wilmington, N.C.).”
Meanwhile, Hilary Swank was spotted across the city shooting her HBO movie. A fan named Lauren Cunningham ?tweeted on July 6, “@olv I met Hilary Swank at the set of her movie filming at UNCW in Wilmington yesterday!” On July 7, Brooke Toffolon tweeted “Hilary Swank and @mrsPaigetaylor! Casual lunch date. http://twitpic.com/a4zu7z.”
According to Star News’ Wilm on Film blog, “Mary and Martha” is about two women who form a unique bond while fighting to eradicate malaria. The TV movie will reportedly also star Brenda Blethyn.
In addition to those films, the comedy “We’re the Millers” is also in pre-production in Wilmington and will reportedly film this summer. The movie will star Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Ed Helms and Nick Offerman.
Recently, we shared a piece of ‘Iron Man 3’ concept art that fans will be able to grab in Comic-Con 2012 (while supplies last). We had fun speculating on what might be happening in the above image. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) looks surprised by the men with machine guns running toward him. And why is the armor on his arm smoking? Who better to ask then the man himself?
What’s happening here? The context isn’t immediately clear (and Marvel isn’t talking), but the image matches the way Stark’s armor attaches to him in the 2005-06 comic book series Iron Man: Extremis. The title refers to a nanotech serum that allows humans to bond with metal, becoming biological combat machines.
That confirms the rumors we’d been hearing about ‘Extremis’ serving as the backbone for this sequel. And so this shot does appear to have Stark bonding with his armored suit. The phrase “biological combat machine” just sounds amazing, doesn’t it?
And if it sounds like Downey is ready to take Stark and Iron Man to an unseen level, well, that’s exactly what he has in mind.
[I] radically want to challenge Stark’s identity, rather than just have him battle another bad guy. These things tend to, in Act 3, really become about the same old things. So let’s really flip that. I feel like I don’t know where you go after Iron Man 3. Leave it all on the field, you know?
Saying he’s going to “leave it all on the field” suggests to us that this could be RDJ’s last turn in a standalone ‘Iron Man’ movie. Or course, he’s obligated to return for a second ‘Avengers’ movie. But stories floated a while back about Marvel treating Tony Stark like James Bond, recasting the role and keeping the franchise moving with a fresh face (and no need for a reboot).
What do you think? Is Downey laying the groundwork for a possible franchise exit? And do you think they should blow it out with ‘Iron Man 3’ to give him an explosive send off?