Iron Man 3 will not star Avengers

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In the second Iron Man movie, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has revealed his identity and is refusing to hand over his technology to the United States government. What's worse, a man named Ivan Vanko (Mickey Rourke) has duplicated his work and built weapons of his own. Also starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson.
April 30th, 2012

'Iron Man' 3' will see the superhero ''cut off'' from The Avengers world.

The comic book movie sees 'Robert Downey Jr. reprise his role as industrialist Tony Stark and his metal-clad alter-ego following the 'Avengers Assemble' film and the plot will see the hero having to survive on his own.

Speaking in Empire magazine's latest podcast, Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige said: '''Iron Man 3' has been structured specifically to be the antidote to 'The Avengers' ... Circumstances in the story separate Tony from having access to anything.

''We wanted to take Tony back to, metaphorically speaking, the cave from 'Iron Man', the first half of 'Iron Man', when he's cut off from the world and needs just focus on his intellects to get himself out of his situation.''

Kevin also revealed the other characters from The Avengers squad - which include Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans) and Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) - will not feature in the sequel.

He added: ''In the film he (Iron Man) is not calling Thor, he's not calling Captain America, he can't press a special button to have the helicarrier come rescue him, so I think that'll be a nice complement to the team up of 'The Avengers'.''

The movie is going to be based on the six-issue 'Extremis' story arch - written by Warren Ellis - from the Marvel comic series.

'Iron Man 3' is to be directed by Shane Black and sees Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle reprise their roles as Pepper Potts and James Rhodes respectively. It is scheduled for a May 2013 release.