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New armour, new villains and a nasty new nemesis in the shape of Ben Kingsley – preview footage of the next Iron Man film shows a franchise on the warpath

Plain numbered sequels are becoming a little old-fashioned these days. The year 2013 will most likely be remembered for movies with names such as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug or Star Trek Into Darkness and Thor: The Dark World. And yet the new Iron Man film, for which 20 minutes of footage was screened to bloggers and critics earlier this week, is titled plain old Iron Man 3. Did writer-director Shane Black, who's stepping into Jon Favreau's shoes for the new instalment, simply run out of ideas? Or – more likely – has Marvel Studios simply recognised that Robert Downey Jr's super-suited hero already has such a standing on the big screen that no adornments are necessary?

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