New IRON MAN 3 Rumors Hint at the Mandarin's Plans & Tony's Mark XLVII Armor

Hitting theaters May 3, 2013, Iron Man 3 returns Robert Downey, Jr. as the iconic super hero character Tony Stark/Iron Man along with Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan.

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Iron Man 3 is loosely based on Warren Ellis' six-issue "Extremis" comic book story arc which focuses on the spread of a virus through nanotechnology that eventually causes Tony Stark to engineer a new suit that is integrated directly into his body. The Mandarin, a terrorist villain and leader of the 10 Rings organization featured in the first two films, will finally make his entrance into the franchise.

New rumors regarding the film have hit the het, specifically detailing Tony Stark's armor that was revealed at this year's Comic Con International in San Diego. The new armor -- pictured to the right -- has to date not been given a numerical identifier like the previous versions (Mark I, II, III in Iron Man, Mark IV, V, VI in Iron Man 2 and Mark VII in The Avengers) and LatinoReview.com state it will be going in an unexpected direction:

"The Extremis-enhanced bad guys under direction of Ben Kingsley’s Mandarin villain are going to be too much for Tony to handle on his own, so he thinks ahead, thinks big and has a plan. Tony’s about to go out and fight some bad guys when he mentions the Mark XLVII to Pepper Potts. Pepper asks what happened to the other forty and Tony just smiles.

"From the cockpit of Mark XLVII Tony is able to control multiple armors in battle. We over here at LR have been vaguely aware of an action scene where Tony was going to control multiple Iron Man suits (presumably they look similar to distract his enemies as to the location of kill-able Iron Man Prime), but the number 40 seems…awesome. 40 Iron Men."

Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black based off of a script by Drew Pierce. The film stars Robert Downy Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sir Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, James Badge Dale and Ashley Hamilton. Iron Man 3 is scheduled for theatrical release on May 3, 2013.