Jumping out of the press tour bus and back into that popular suit of armor? That seems to be the game plan for Robert Downey Jr.'s near future, with ComicBook.com reporting that the production for Iron Man 3 will likely launch in early May. With pre-production already under way under the watchful eyes of director Shane Black and screenwriter Drew Pearce, the timing indicates that Downey will be suiting up for the third installment just as he ends the press circuit for his character's role in Marvel's The Avengers (May 4th). As reported earlier, the production will be taking place in Wilmington, NC at the Screen Gems Studios.
Here's what the report had to say:
Multiple sources have told ComicBook.com that shooting for Iron Man 3 will begin prior to The Avengers hitting theaters May 4th, weeks ahead of previously published dates. The film is scheduled to be shot in Wilmington, NC at the EUE/Screen Gems Studios and is believed to be the largest production ever to be filmed in North Carolina.
Previous reports have listed late May as the official production start date, but one source close to the North Carolina operations said that Marvel “will have staff in Wilmington as early as mid-March, with shooting scheduled to begin the last week of April or the first week of May.”
Asked to verify the report, Marvel Studios said they do not officially comment on current or future development but indicated the reports were likely accurate. An e-mail update from that same Marvel Studios source told ComicBook.com, “It is not April for sure.”
Iron Man 3 will fly into theaters on May 3, 2013.