There is so much about this photo that I love! Seeing all seven versions of Iron Man’s armor in one place is truly a sight to see. I can only imagine what kind of playground that set would be for a major comic book geek like myself! So does this mean that Tony Stark is retiring Mark I – VII versions of the armor and creating a new look for the third film? If you have read the comic arc ‘Extremis‘, which this film is loosely based on, then you know the answer is yes. Basically, after Stark was injured in battle, he injected his nervous system with a modified virus to save his own life. This fused Stark’s armor to his body, allowing him to store the inner layers of the Iron Man armor in the hollows of his bones as well as control it through direct brain impulses (awesome, right?). In short, this allows Tony Stark to have his Iron Man suit with him all the time. Bits of the ‘Extremis” storyline have already been hinted at with his origin story in Iron Man, but how the rest of this will translate onto the big screen is anybody’s guess. I just hope the new suit doesn’t look too campy or weird, and has the same realistic look as the previous film’s armor.
And now for the good stuff
As most of you may already know, Iron Man 3 (code name: Caged Heat) is filming in my home state of North Carolina. As a huge fan of the first two films, as well as any other superhero film, I was more than excited when I found this out. So you could only imagine how much more excited I got when I heard that the film was going to be shooting in Cary just five minutes away from where I live… practically in my backyard!
The filming today took place at Epic Games (where Gears of War was developed) on Caitboo Ave. I arrived there around 11am, armed with a camera, ready to spend the day taking pictures. The first thing I noticed when I got there was that right at the front entrance of the building was a giant Christmas tree. So I guess it’s safe to say that part of Iron Man 3 will be taking place during the holiday season. In front of the tree was a sign that was being covered. I couldn’t see what was under it, but it was definitely a sign that would identify what the building was being used for.
Around 1pm the crew took a break for lunch. That’s when we saw him. Or what we thought was him. Could this actually be Robert Downey Jr.? Or a very convincing body double? While the crowd control manager (or Bob as we affectionately called him) kept telling us that “Iron Man is not here,” he would not say whether Robert Downey Jr. was. I saw him a couple more times during filming, but I’m still not entirely sure if it’s him or his double. Throughout the day the rumors kept spreading that Robert Downey Jr. and Guy Pearce were on set, and another rumor said that Don Cheadle was spotted in Raleigh. One caterer that I talked to said that she even saw Gwyneth Paltrow on set. It’s hard to say what was fact and what was spread around to throw the onlookers off, but it sure was exciting hearing about who we might see.
Remember that sign that was covered? Well, the wind seemed to be in our favor, and a big gust revealed this:
Advanced Idea Mechanics (AIM for short). In the comics AIM is a terrorist organization lead by Baron Strucker and MODOK, but it seems like this is being changed for the film. If the rumors are true and Guy Pearce was spotted on set, it looks like his character, Dr. Aldrich Killian, may be the one heading the group. Which makes sense, because in the comics, Killian gives Stark’s Extremis to a local militia. Could this be Coldblood’s origin in the movie, or could he have given it to the Mandarin (played by Sir Ben Kingsly)?
A little later, a couple of motorcycles were brought out that were marked “Miami Police” (which confirms that the film will be partly set in Miami, Florida), and a couple of black vehicles that had Government issued license plates. And then the crew brought out giant screens to block our view of the action. Even though we couldn’t see anything, we could still hear someone (maybe director Shane Black, maybe not) yelling “Action,” and a couple minutes later, “Cut!” The only thing I can think of that would take place in a scene that short is Tony Stark exiting one of the vehicles and walking into the building.
A Good Day
Even though I didn’t have an up-close encounter with one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, it was still a fun day to be had. It’s not very often we see this kind of thing in North Carolina, and knowing that you were around when a scene was being filmed will make watching the movie more exciting. I will be going out again tomorrow to see what I can see, and again on Wednesday when filming moves to the SAS campus a few miles away. If you were at any of the filming locations, we would love to hear about your experience or see any pictures you took. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.