- Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Guy Pearce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall, Ben Kingsley, Jon Favreau, James Badge Dale, William Sadler, Yvonne Zima, Stan Lee, Stephanie Szostak, Dale Dickey, Spencer Garrett, Ty Simpkins, Ashley Hamilton, Indra Patel, Marco Sanchez, Bridger Zadina , Xueqi Wang, Chris Gethard, Noa Lindberg, Joseph Velez, Roy McCrerey, Rustam Branaman, Jim Gunter, Carolyn Foland
- Director: Shane Black
- Writers: Drew Pearce, Shane Black, Stan Lee , Don Heck, Larry Lieber, Jack Kirby
- Producer: Kevin Feige
- Associate Producer: Lars P. Winther
- Executive Producers: Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard, Louis D'Esposito, Jon Favreau, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Dan Mintz, Charles Newirth
- Art Direction: Desma Murphy
- Casting: Sarah Finn
- Costume Design: Louise Frogley
- D.O.P.: John Toll
- Editor: Jeffrey Ford
- Makeup: Allan A. Apone
- Music: Brian Tyler
- Production Design: Bill Brzeski
- Set Decoration: Danielle Berman
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?
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Beijing, China; Los Angeles, USA; Miami, USA; North Carolina, USA
- MPAA Warning: Sequences of intense sci-fi action and violence throughout, and brief suggestive content
- Production Budget: $200 million
- Production Companies: DMG Entertainment, Marvel Studios, Paramount Pictures
- Production Schedule: 21 May 2012 - 7 November 2012
2013 Guide Analysis: "The success and acclaim of the first "Iron Man" set the template for all of the Marvel movies to come. While it has its defenders, "Iron Man 2" wasn't as well-received. Most of the complaints over it dealt with the subplots setting up "The Avengers," along with the visual effects overtaking the plot. With the departure of Jon Favreau from the director's chair, and with this being the first Marvel film in the wake of the enormous success of "The Avengers," the question is what can we expect this time?
Like most of their decisions so far, Marvel has been very savvy. Shane Black, writer of practically every quotable action movie of the 1980s and early 1990s, was hired to direct. Black and Downey had previously collaborated on 2005's hilarious and well-received, but little seen comedy noir thriller "Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang" which showed that they worked very well together. During the writing phase of "Iron Man 3," it was decided to take a stripped down and back to basics approach. This time there are no "The Avengers 2" lead-ins, and Tony Stark's inexhaustible gallery of gadgets appears to be destroyed early on.
As a result, Stark is stuck for a big portion of the movie with only his wits. Added to that is the screen realisation of the character's greatest foe, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), and a storyline inspired by Warren Ellis' acclaimed "Extremis" mini-series from the comics which deals with a programmable military nanotechnology serum. Guy Pearce comes in as a secondary villain, and is one of several smart casting additions here including Rebecca Hall, William Sadler and James Badge Dale.
Kingsley's choice has been contentious one amongst the fans, mainly due to his lacking the character's Asian heritage. Many also seem worried about how the 'Ten Rings' element from the comics will be worked in, the rings themselves are glimpsed in the film's first trailer. That trailer was fairly spectacular, and is without a doubt one of the year's biggest films. Let us hope that, like "The Avengers," it also turns out to be one of its best as well."