Here's some exciting news, Iron Man fans: It turns out the new Iron Man 3 armor we saw at Comic-Con International may not be the Mark VIII as we originally thought, but rather the Mark XLVII.
Latino Review has posted some spoilers about the new armor, so avoid reading this if you want to stay fresh for the upcoming movie.
As we already guessed, Tony Stark has to face off against The Mandarin's Extremis serum-enhanced henchmen in Iron Man 3. He designs a new suit in anticipation of that conflict, and the suit ends up being the sleek new look we saw at SDCC.
The Mark XLVII is introduced in true Iron Man style in the script. "Tony’s about to go out and fight some bad guys when he mentions the Mark XLVII to Pepper Potts," Latino Review writes. "Pepper asks what happened to the other forty and Tony just smiles."
So how will the new armor help Tony combat The Mandarin's army, you might ask? It turns out the Mark XLVII is capable of controlling multiple other Iron Man suits in battle. Apparently, the Mark VIII through XLVI are going to be Tony's personal army in Iron Man 3. Talk about an exciting action scene to look forward to.
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 Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau, joined by Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale and Ashley Hamilton.