'Iron Man 3' villain The Iron Patriot revealed on set
"Iron Man 3" is only two days into production, filming in North Carolina, and fans have already caught a glimpse of the newest villain.
Photos were published on sites like E! Online, showing Lt. Col. Eric Savin aka The Iron Patriot in his red, white and blue iron suit. The Iron Patriot eventually becomes the cyborg villain Coldblood. Savin will be portrayed by James Badge Dale.
Dale is best known for his roles on TV series like "24," "The Black Donnellys," "The Pacific" and "Rubicon." His first role was in the 1990 film, "Lord of the Flies." He has also had roles in "The Departed," "The Conspirator," "The Grey" and "Shame."
The plotline for "Iron Man 3" is still unknown, but it is rumored that Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) will travel to China to face The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). Gwyneth Paltrow will be reprising her role as Pepper Potts in the film.
Jon Favreau, who directed the first two "Iron Man" films in the franchise, announced in December 2010 that he would not helm the third film. He will, however, appear in the film as Happy Hogan.
"It's true, I'm directing 'Magic Kingdom', not 'Iron Man 3'," Favreau Tweeted. "I've had a great run with Marvel and wish them the best."
The role of director was taken over by Shane Black, who is best known for writing the first two "Lethal Weapon" films and writing and directing "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang."
At the time of Favreau's announcement, he said that the third film would likely be a continuation of the other Marvel super hero films like "Thor," "Hulk," "Captain America" and "The Avengers," which recently broke several box office records.
"Iron Man 3" is slated for release on May 3, 2013.