Who's Who in IRON MAN 3: New Names, Familiar Faces
UPDATE: Here's the trailer!video and USA Today article have both surfaced, each meant to signal the impending arrival of a proper teaser trailer, debuting Tuesday.
Said by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige to kick off "Phase 2" of the incredibly successful feature film line, Iron Man 3 brings many new characters to the mythos. But you don't want to wait until May 3, 2013 to be properly informed, do you? Here's a handy guide to the movie's additions, so you can feel suitably equipped to answer when your friends or family ask you, "Who's that dude? Is he from the comics?"
In the comics, he's best known for wielding 10 rings that each grant considerable power (including a "matter rearranger"), which corresponds to the name of the terrorist group ("Ten Rings") in the 2008 film.
Aldrich Killian: Guy Pearce joins the Marvel Studios franchise as the co-creator of "Extremis" (much more on that here), but Aldrich Killian is not a character with a ton of history in the Marvel Universe. In fact, he died in the same story he was introduced in, the Warren Ellis/Adi Granov "Extremis" arc that serves as partial inspiration to the Iron Man 3 plot.Presumably, this means one of two possibilities: The character will depart a good deal from the source material, or Pearce has a pretty small (though seemingly important) role.
Eric Savin: Word broke back in May that James Badge Dale would be playing a villain named "Eric Savin" in Iron Man 3, confusing for a couple of reasons: in the Marvel Universe, Eric Savin is a heroic character named Coldblood; and he really doesn't have much to do with Iron Man.
Yet the reports were accurate, and Dale himself was quoted in Vulture earlier this month that the character was "loosely based on Coldblood." How he fits into the movie's narrative isn't known at this point, but it's not too difficult to draw a line between a guy that wears armor and needs an arc reactor to stay alive and a cyborg, like Coldblood.
Iron Patriot has a recent but storied history in Marvel's comics, first appearing as Norman Osborn's Captain America/Iron Man mash-up during the "Dark Reign" era. Marvel is clearly giving the character a concentrated push —the armor will soon debut in the Ultimate Universe, plus there's a new Iron Patriot in the relaunched Marvel NOW! Secret Avengers and the company has filed several trademarks relating to the character. It's all a bit too much to be a coincidence, and it seems like a good bet that War Machine — or maybe someone else — will at least temporarily adopt the name "Iron Patriot" during Iron Man 3.
Chinesefilms have reported that Chinese actor Wang Xueqi will play Chen Lu, known in Marvel Comics as the Radioactive Man (a character who predates the Simpsons superhero by a few decades, so don't expect Fallout Boy).
In the comics, though Radioactive Man was one of the original Masters of Evil, he's attempted to reform, and was once a mostly heroic member of the Thunderbolts. It's not yet known if Wang will appear in the film as Radioactive Man, or just his civilian identity (possibly planting seeds for an Iron Man 4).
Firepower: Ashley Hamilton made tabloid news back in 1993 when he was married to Shannen Doherty for three weeks, but now he's got a new claim to fame: Appearing in Iron Man 3 as Jack Taggert, an armored villain named Firepower.
The character dates back to the famous 1988 "Armor Wars" story, and was charged by the government to stop Iron Man. Recently, Firepower appeared during the "Demon" story in Invincible Iron Man, under control of Mandarin — who, logic would state, probably has something to do with this character and how he relates to the plot of Iron Man 3.And you remember these guys:
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