Think you know everything about Iron Man 3? Well, you just might after reading this post. In celebration of Tony Stark's big-screen adventure we compiled a few things you may not have known about the making of Iron Man 3.
- Iron Man 3 is not only the culmination of the first two films, but it’s also a follow-up to The Avengers. For the storyline the filmmakers decided on a “back-to-basics” tone where they could explore what Tony Stark would do if all of his money and toys were stripped away from him and he was forced to find a way back to being a superhero.
- Writers Shane Black and Drew Pearce weren't initially all that thrilled to work together. “There was a little bit of hesitancy on Drew’s part because he was suddenly being asked to write with Shane Black, who is one of the biggest screenwriters in Hollywood. At the same time, Shane naturally was feeling, ‘I’m one of the biggest screenwriters in Hollywood, why are you giving me somebody else to work with?’ But within a matter of a week they became great friends, and most importantly, great collaborative writing partners.” – Producer Kevin Feige
- The film was originally budgeted at $140 million, but after the success of The Avengers, Marvel Studios and Disney increased the budget to $200 million.
- This is the longest stand-alone Iron Man film, running at 130 minutes.
- Prior to Avengers, Tony Stark thought he was the king of superheroes, and in Iron Man 3 he must deal with the post-Avengers reality check.
- The Iron Patriot armor was originally used in the comics by Norman Osborn, who is part of the Spider-Man franchise. In the movie the Iron Patriot is instead an upgraded version of the War Machine suit with an American flag motif to resemble Captain America.
- This will mark the first time Samuel L. Jackson does not appear in an Iron Man related movie as Nick Fury.
- The dragon tattoos on Aldrich Killian, played by Guy Pierce, chest is a drawing of another Iron Man villain, Fin Fang Foom.
- Chinese-government officials were allowed on the set of Iron Man 3 to monitor filming because as it turns out the studio will release an altered version of the film in China. Popular Chinese actress Fan Bingbing will make a special appearance. The film will offer specially prepared bonus footage made exclusively for the Chinese audience.
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