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still from the movie iron man 3 Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in Iron Man 3, in theaters Friday, May 3. (Photo: Film Frame © 2012 MVLFFLLC. TM & © 2012 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.)

Iron Man Returns!

Heavy metal superhero back in theaters Friday

By Damien Murphy | May 1 , 2013

After joining forces with Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Hawkeye, and Black Widow and saving the world in The Avengers, Iron Man is back and better than ever!

Iron Man 3 opens in theaters on Friday, and it's one of the superhero's biggest adventures yet. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) — the man inside the Iron Man costume — is on the trail of a terrorist called the Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley). But there's more going on than meets the eye. Villains seem to be all over the place, so Tony enlists the help of his friend Rhodey (Don Cheadle) — also know as the Iron Patriot! — to track down the Mandarin and his band of bad guys. Tony even develops more than 30 new suits of armor to help save the world!

At a press junket for Iron Man 3, held in Hollywood on April 22, the cast and crew shared how the movie got made and what made it different from the other Iron Man films.

Director Shane Black said making Iron Man 3 was very laborious. They spent months designing new Iron Man suits to fight by Tony's side. Black mentioned that they of course used computer-generated effects, but there were also actual suits designed and worn by Downey and Cheadle.

I was surprised to learn that some of the things I thought were computer-generated were, in fact, real. For example, there's a scene where characters fall out of an airplane and I thought for sure that was done with the help of a computer. But no! The filmmakers used real skydivers to help bring the stunt to life.

That's just one of many elements in the movie that gives you the feeling that's it's really happening, not just all created by a computer.

"It just feels like we are doing something right and I really am glad the people are responding to this movie," Downey said of Iron Man 3. "Being able to do this again with Don and Gwyneth [Paltrow] has been a real pleasure. But having Sir Ben rocket us into another dimension with arguably the most complicated arc in superhero history?" That took things to a whole other level, he added.

Kingsley is the newcomer to the series. He's known for more serious movies, like Gandhi. But he said he really enjoyed playing a character that wasn't your typical "terrorist/bad-guy." You'll get what I'm saying once you see the movie for yourself.

"As the 'new guy,' who plays the 'bad guy,' in the Iron Man world, I felt like a team player," Kinglsey said. "It really was an extraordinary experience for me."
 
Iron Man 3 is a great experience for viewers, too. And it's sure to be one of the biggest hits of the summer!

After the Iron Man 3 junket, Kid Reporter Damien Murphy interviewed actor Don Cheadle — the man in the Iron Patriot suit! Check out their conversation on the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps Blog!

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