Production of Iron Man 3 was temporarily shut down Wednesday after star Robert Downey Jr. suffered an injury on the North Carolina set of the Marvel sequel.
“Robert Downey Jr. sustained an ankle injury on the set of Iron Man 3 in Wilmington, North Carolina while performing a stunt,” the studio said in a statement to Superhero Hype. “There will be a short delay in the production schedule while he recuperates.”
Directed by Shane Black from a script he co-wrote with Drew Pearce (No Heroics), Iron Man 3 is loosely based on the 2005-2006 “Extremis” story arc by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov in which a criminal is injected with a nanotechnological drug created by the U.S. military in an attempt to replicate the Super-Soldier Serum, triggering a mutation that grants him superhuman abilities.
Opening May 3, 2013, the film stars returning cast members Downey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau, joined by Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale and Ashley Hamilton.