SDCC: Description of the Iron Man 3 Footage!

With all the excitement surrounding the other Marvel movies being officially announced today, let’s not forget about the character that started this crazy movie universe in the first place, Iron Man!  And yes, they showed off what sounds like truly awesome footage from his latest movie outing.

Robet Downey Jr. arrived at Hall H to a screaming crowd as he said:

How much do I love you?  How much do you love me?  Why aren’t we watching any footage yet?

Here’s the description of the footage below, courtesy of

There’s an opening scene where Tony Stark is in his lab, with a sign saying “Stark R&D Department.” He’s being filmed by his camera bot. And he’s talking to the wall of old Iron Man suits. “Good afternoon ladies,” he says to them. “Welcome to the birthing suite.” He’s about to welcome the arrival of their “bouncing badass baby brother.” He asks Jarvis for seasonal music, and Jarvis puts the needle down on a record of hip hop Christmas music.

Standing around his many armors, Stark commands his JARVIS computer to being the test. Stark strikes a kung fu pose — nothing. He taps his forearm, trying to get something inside to work, before striking the pose again. Suddenly, from across the room, the Iron Man glove comes flying on to his arm. This is the Extremis in its beginnings, a type of armor ripped straight from the comics that allows Stark to control his Iron Man suit…with his mind. After the glove flies on to his arm, he tells Jarvis to let it rip. Pieces of armor start flying on to his body, but it’s all starts happening too quickly. Now the metal braces are zipping every which way, breaking Stark’s lab and forcing him to dodge like he’s got Spidey sense. Eventually, all the pieces assemble on his body, save for the face mask. Turned upside and soaring straight at him, Tony does a flip in the air, rips his glove jets and clips the final piece of armor on upside in the air. Tony Stark: always a showboat.

Then there’s a funny scene where Tony is talking to Happy Hogan, his “former” head of security. Happy says he’s quit, because people laugh at him when he says he’s Iron Man’s bodyguard. Plus Iron Man is busy off joining the Superfriends. Plus Happy Hogan’s grandmother saw a big robot snake come out of the sky in Manhattan and jumped out the window. Tony says it’s been taken care of.

The final big set piece was when a bunch of helicopters with rocket launchers come and destroy Tony’s giant house, causing it to tumble into the sea. Tony gets into the Iron Man armor in time, but Pepper Potts is also caught in the disaster. And Tony watches all his spare Iron Man suits blowing up one by one. Tony is flung out into the water and carried down by the undertow. Over this, the voice of the Mandarin says, “Some people call me a terrorist. I consider myself a teacher. Lesson number one: Heroes. There is no such thing. As you cry out for mercy, you will be silenced.”

In true Marvel fashion, the trailer had an end teaser of its own. Who is Ben Kingsley? He’s none other than notorious Marvel villain The Mandarin. The leader of the Ten Rings terrorist group. He’s got a crazy hairdo — shaved in the back with a single ponytail. He’s decked out in flowing robes and a ton of bling. Ten rings is right! Kingsley looks evil as hell, and he sits awaiting Stark’s next move in a throne fit for Iron Man’s ultimate villain.

Iron Man 3 director Shane Black had this to say on Tony Stark‘s upcoming adventure:

To stay on top, you have to touch bottom.

Okay, every fanboy and fangirl in the room take a breath.  It sounds like we got some definite confirmations here, namely Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin!  Iron Man controlling his armor with his mind and epic explosions.  All I can say is, bring on the movie!

So what do you guys think?  Does this movie sound like a good follow up Marvel’s the Avengers?  Based on what you read does it seem like a decent sequel to Iron Man 2?  Are you excited?  Are you disappointed?  Sound off with your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black and is due out May 3rd, 2013.  The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Ben Kingsley, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, William Sadler, James Badge Dale, Yvonne Zima, Ahsley Hamilton and Spencer Garrett.