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Iron Man 3 is the third movie in the Iron Man film series, preceded by Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010). The Iron Man character is based on a comic book of the same name created by Marvel Comics editor Stan Lee and artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby. Iron Man first appeared in issue #39 of Tales of Suspense (March 1963). The story for Iron Man 3 was based on 'Extremis', a six-issue story arc from the comic book series Iron Man (vol. 4), published in issues 1-6 in 2005 and 2006 by Marvel comics. The screenplay for Iron Man 3 was written by American film-maker Shane black (who also directed) and British screenwriter Drew Pearce.

The reason for this is not directly referenced in the film and is left to the viewer's interpretation. It has been noted that the star in the center of the shield has been replaced with an "A", the symbol for anarchy. Kevin Feige has said that the Mandarin uses "symbolism of various cultures and iconography that he perverts for his own end." A popular theory is that he is attempting to twist the ideals the shield represents. This fits in with the speech that he gives in the film: "Ladies, children, sheep... Some people call me a terrorist. I consider myself a teacher. Lesson number one: Heroes, there is no such thing."

The complex design of the Mark 42 made for some unique properties: Each piece of independent armor had to have its own power supply to utilize the repulsor/anti-gravity flight capacity and each piece had to be able to independently and cooperatively know where it needed to be and in what order it needed to arrive to make the suit viable upon receipt: this means they were all capable of managing their own power resources. Each unit is capable of functioning independent of any other pieces (see Tony's unconventional one hand, one foot aerial ballet of destruction) and thus they are likely not able to be easily recharged unless the suit is in one piece. The Mark 42 did not seem to be as physically strong as some of the other designs, possibly because of its very modular nature. Since the suit was designed to fit people other than Stark himself -- we see Pepper using it quite well -- it makes sense to have the suit function without a direct link to the Arc reactor in Tony's chest. It also makes sense to allow the suit to be recharged on ordinary electricity in the event Stark is not around (as it proved to be a useful feature). Recharging on ordinary electricity was a feature of the comic version of Iron Man from the very first designs. His suits were designed to absorb solar energy constantly, absorb some electromagnetic energy from his enemies or to be powered directly from land-based power supplies. He could even link his armor to land based power supplies to augment his strength briefly.

Yes: Tony Stark can be seen lying on a sofa in a doctor's office. It is revealed that the voice over in the beginning was the start of a movie-length flashback: Stark has told the entire story to his friend Bruce Banner, wanting to get it off his chest, even though Banner isn't exactly a doctor of psychology and had nodded off.

He can be seen at the Miss Chattanooga pageant as one of the judges. He is briefly shown on a video monitor holding up a white sign with his critique of one of the contestants.

"Something To Fight For" by Joseph Trapanese

The future of the Iron Man series is uncertain. There are rumors that Downey Jr wants to retire the character, meaning that an Iron Man 4 would be out of the picture; but this may change in the future, depending on the commercial results of the next movies. In the meantime, Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark/Iron Man character can be seen in Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War (2016).

The Infinity Stones are items (not always stones or gems in the traditional sense) with reality-altering powers that exceed every other force or power shown so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When all of them are collected in an Infinity Gauntlet, the wielder is given power to destroy complete universes. Up to this point, a Infinity Gauntlet had been revealed, the right-handed one that was briefly shown in Thor inside Odin's chambers. It's hinted that only extraordinary individuals can survive touching the Stones barehanded, and even in that case, it requires a great willpower to use the power of the Stones without a Gauntlet itself.

Although the Stones are not yet been explicitly mentioned in the MCU at this point, two of them have already come by up. This film does not directly feature any of them. In a proper filmmaking point of view, this items are the McGuffin that keeps the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise united. At the end of Iron Man 3, two of the six Stones have been revealed and located:

- Blue (Space Gem): Hidden inside the Tesseract, it can open portals to between universes. First seen in Captain America: The First Avenger, the Red Skull located it in a Norwegian monastery and used its energy to create highly advance weaponry during WWII. It's hinted in Iron Man 2 that the original Arc Reactor technology used by Ironman was designed based on knowledge Howard Stark once he recovered the Tesseract working under S.H.I.E.L.D.'s umbrella. In The Avengers, Loki and a mind-controlled Erik Selvig use it to open a portal to let the Chitauri army enter the Earth. Also, it's revealed that S.H.I.E.L.D designed new weaponry based on Tesseract technology as a backup in case the Avengers Initiative would fail.

- Yellow (Mind Gem): Hidden inside Loki's scepter, it has the ability to control minds as well as create new ones, such as Ultron and The Vision. It's first seen in The Avengers when it is assumed that Thanos himself and/or The Other (leader of the Chitauri army) gave it to Loki. With it, Loki stabbed and killed Agent Phil Coulson, causing Ironman, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, Haweye and Hulk to unite to avenge him. Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) used it to close the portal Loki and a mind-controlled Dr. Selvig created to let the Chitauri army attack New York. S.H.I.E.L.D. took it under custody for study.

- Red (Reality Gem): The Ether in Thor 2.

- Purple (Power Gem): Guardians of the Galaxy.

- Orange (Time Gem): Yet to be revealed.

- Green (Soul Gem): Yet to be revealed.

This remaining three Stones and their respective powers are to be revealed over the course of MCU's Phase 2 (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Avengers: Age of Ultron) and Phase 3 (Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Untitled Spider-Man Reboot), ultimately culminating in Avengers: Infinity War - Part I and Avengers: Infinity War - Part II.

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