The first piece of production concept art (above) from Marvel's Iron Man 3 has hit the web and superhero threads are being lit up with major speculation about the sequel's secret plot!
To us, it looks like Robert Downey Jr. is getting ambushed by some well-armed thugs while he's only wearing a few pieces of his metal suit. To others, however, it looks like the suit could be emerging from his body, as if he's literally morphing into Iron Man.
This interpretation is leading fans to believe that the plot of the film has been adapted from the 2005 comic book story arc called Extremis — widely regarded as one of the best Iron Man stories ever told.
The six issue series features the same origin story used in the first film, but continues with the invention of the Extremis virus, which is described as "a super-soldier solution." For Stark, this means his armor wraps around his body on mental command.
Kinda cool. That should definitely help him during his next wrestling match with Thor in The Avengers 2.
To give the speculation even more credibility, Mandarin is the major villain in the comic book series and that is who Ben Kingsley is playing, while Rebecca Hall has signed on to play Maya Hansen — also an essential character in the Extremis storyline.
So are U ready for mighty morphin' Iron Man or are U hoping that director Shane Black takes the story in a different direction?
[Image via Marvel.]