In a recent podcast interview, a Marvel-employed cosplay artist (who appears at functions dressed as Iron Man for the company) spilled a considerable number of beans about upcoming Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World plot points. While it's impossible to know where he could have obtained the information and how much of it is true, it seems as though most of what he had to say about Iron Man actually confirms some longer-standing rumors regarding the sequel.
“Well, there’s going to be a big fight sequence with The Mandarin, who’s the main villain, which will involve none other than forty different iron man suits. There’s an amazing rescue where The Mandarin basically wants to bring down the American government and kill the President, and he launches an attack on Air Force One. All of them – the President and his men and staff – get sucked out of the plane, and Iron Man rescues them by forming this amazing human chain in the sky.
“There’s some pretty spectacular stuff that goes on. There’s an amazing sequence where he has this rooftop house that he builds to store all his Iron Man suits, and it gets attacked by The Mandarin and these gunships [...] I was shocked to discover there are like forty Iron Man suits written into this feature in various ways…so that’s going to be pretty impressive. But apparently he needs this Iron Man army to go up against The Mandarin’s forces.”
Of course, we've seen the "human chain in the sky" and we've been hearing rumors of the attack on Air Force One and the Iron Man Army for quite some time now. To see them all strung together in a way that makes some kind of narrative sense, though, does make the rumors a bit more compelling.
What do you think?