Marvelâ€™s â€œIron Man 3â€ Commences Principal PhotographyÂ In Preparation for May 3, 2013 Film Release
Following in the footsteps of the record-breaking Marvel Studiosâ€™ release â€œMarvelâ€™s The Avengers,â€ production on the highly anticipated film â€œIron Man 3,â€ directed by Shane Black, has commenced production in Wilmington, North Carolina. The production schedule will also include locations in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, Miami, Florida and China.
Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1963, â€œIron Man 3â€ returns Robert Downey Jr. (â€œIron Man,â€ â€œMarvelâ€™s The Avengersâ€) as the iconic Super Hero character Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Gwyneth Paltrow (â€œIron Man,â€ â€œIron Man 2,â€) as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle (â€œIron Man 2â€) as James â€œRhodeyâ€ Rhodes and Jon Favreau (â€œIron Man,â€ â€œIron Man 2â€)Â as Happy Hogan. Set for release in the U.S. on May 3, 2013, Marvelâ€™s â€œIron Man 3â€ marks the second feature to be fully owned, marketed and distributed by Disney, which acquired Marvel in 2009.
â€œIron Man 3â€ continues the epic, big-screen adventures of the worldâ€™s favorite billionaire inventor/Super Hero, Tony Stark aka â€œIron Man.â€Â Marvel Studiosâ€™ President Kevin Feige is producing the film.Â Executive producers on the project include Jon Favreau, Louis Dâ€™Esposito, Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard and Dan Mintz.
The creative production team on the film includes two-time OscarÂ®-winning director of photography John Toll, ASC (â€œBraveheart,â€ â€œLegends of the Fallâ€), production designer Bill Brzeski (â€œThe Hangover,â€ â€œDue Dateâ€), editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. (â€œMarvelâ€™s The Avengers,â€ â€œCaptain America: The First Avengerâ€) and Peter S. Elliot (â€œFantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surferâ€), and costume designer Louise Frogley (â€œQuantum of Solace,â€ â€œContagionâ€).
Marvel Studios most recently produced the critically acclaimed â€œMarvelâ€™s The Avengers,â€ which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which is currently in release, continues to shatter box office records and is The Walt Disney Studiosâ€™ highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marks the studiosâ€™ fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.
In the summer of 2011, Marvel successfully launched two new franchises with â€œThor,â€ starring Chris Hemsworth, and â€œCaptain America: The First Avenger,â€ starring Chris Evans. Both films opened #1 at the box office and have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. In 2010 â€œIron Man 2,â€ starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke, took the #1 spot in its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million.
In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies â€œIron Manâ€ and â€œThe Incredible Hulk.â€Â â€œIron Man,â€ in which Robert Downey Jr. originally dons the Super Heroâ€™s powerful armor and stars alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008, and was an immediate box office success.Â Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million in its opening weekend.Â On June 13, 2008, Marvel released â€œThe Incredible Hulk,â€ marking its second number one opener of that summer.