<i>Iron Man 3</i> Teaser, Pics Promise Bad Times For Tony Stark &amp; Co.

To ramp up excitement for the Tuesday premiere of the first trailer for Iron Man 3, Marvel and Disney have released a 17-second teaser and two new photos. Given that the footage is dubbed "Rise of the Mandarin," we're guessing that's who we see at around the eight-second mark. There's also a pretty solid look at one of the latest Iron Man armors, Pepper Potts in some kind of restraints and what looks like the Golden Avenger facing off against other flying, armored folks.

In addition, new movie stills have arrived, courtesy of USA Today and Facebook.

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. The latest synopsis also explains that Stark will be dealing with these new threats while his life falls apart around him, mostly likely due to the Mandarin's machinations.

Opening May 3, 2013, the film stars returning cast members Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau, joined by Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale and Ashley Hamilton.

Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

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