Comic-Con has come and gone, but it was a blast and we got more movie news than we could have ever dreamed of!
First of all, the world pretty much knew that Ben Kingsley had joined the cast of Iron Man 3 a while back as super-villain Manderin, but Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Marvel boss Kevin Feige, director Shane Black and Jon Favreau confirmed the speculation at their panel over the weekend.
The cast and filmmakers thrilled their geeky audience with the premiere of the first footage from the first half of the movie that they shot. Black promised if they "don't f–k up the rest, it's going to be great."
The 5 minutes of footage featured Tony Stark's seaside mansion being completely destroyed by missiles while he and Pepper Potts are still inside (eek!). Before his entire iron wardrobe is destroyed, fans saw Tony controlling his suit with verbal commands, which confirms more fanboy (and fangurl) speculation that the story draws from the Extremis storyline.
Finally, after lots of laughs from Stark's signature wit and explosive action, the reel revealed Sir Kingsley as Mandarin. Sources have described his menacing character as "a true comic book villain," whose rings, robe, facial hair and big chair make him reminiscent of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh.
The Marvel men also offered some insight into another villain which pictures from the set seemed to suggest — only this time, we were all way off. Remember that red, white and blue armor that had us thinking the Iron Patriot was another foe for Mr. Stark? Turns out it's just a suit that Cheadle's character wears!
Last, but not least, Marvel announced a new addition to the cast over the weekend! Stephanie Szostak, who played Paul Rudd's gorgeous girlfriend in Dinner For Schmucks, has joined the sequel, but her character hasn't been announced yet.
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