Five cool things to look out for in Iron Man 3

2013-04-30 16:27

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Iron Man 3 opens in cinemas on Wednesday, May 1. Here are five cool things to look out for:

1. The villains: Ben Kingsley is deliciously dark, impossibly mysterious and has a shocking secret as the Iron Man archvillain Mandarin. Guy Pearce morphs from greasy-haired gimp to manicured demigod as Aldrich Killian, a scientist with a God complex – one of comic folklore’s favourite kind of baddies.

2. The suits: In The Avengers Tony Stark was wearing a Mark 7 suit. In this film, he’s made it to Mark 42. Look out for the famous Hall of Armour, which gets a spectacular airing. And have a good laugh at War Machine’s makeover, and see how good Pepper Potts looks kitted out like Iron Man.

3. Location: Most of the film was made in Rose Hill, a town in North Carolina that boasts the world’s largest frying pan, which is 4.5m wide and can cook 365 chickens at once. They shot there for five weeks, only at night, in full winter gear, though it was summer and 32 degrees.

4. Action: In the film, 13 people fall out of a plane and, to save them all, Iron Man had to have real-world help from the Red Bull Skydiving Team. The sequence took 630 skydiving jumps over a 10-day period to get right.

5. Props: The Mandarin’s set of 10 rings was created after collaboration with jewellers, who manufactured specific stones for the rings, giving each a bespoke paint job. The process took months, so take the time to check them out. Bask, a pop-art artist inspired by comic books and punk rock fliers, was hired to trick out the Mandarin’s office and bedroom with art that suited his character.

» For the review, see Voices in City Press on Sunday, May 5.

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