New pictures from "Iron Man 3"

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Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in “Iron Man 3.”

Walt Disney Pictures released a slew of new images from next summer’s safest bet to be a blockbuster – “Iron Man 3” returning Robert Downey Jr. as the Armored Avenger as he squares off against his main adversary, The Mandarin – played by Sir Ben Kingsley. 

Kingsley’s a great actor and all, but he’s not my first choice for the role. That easily would have been Ken Watanabe (“Inception,” “Batman Begins“) but when I make my own movie, I can cast whomever I want, right?

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The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley)

Kingsley’s casting isn’t awful by any means, but there is one thing that’s yet to win me over.  I HATE, HATE, HATE the look of the new armor as it’s too mustard colored for my tastes and looks clunkier than the more streamlined, red and yellow accent armor from the first two films.

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Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) kicks back in “Iron Man 3.”

Beyond the Coke Zero version of Iron Man’s armor, we’ve got another new look armor with the screen debut of the Iron Patriot armor. I like this Americana-inspired armor a lot and am curious how significant a role it’ll have in the film since The Mandarin is already slated as the main villain. Guess we’ll see when the film arrives on May 3, 2013.

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Iron Patriot arrives.