x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

Iron Man takes on Comic-Con as Marvel announces film slate

Audience at the San Diego Convention Center got a peek at Iron Man 3 and heard about Marvel Studios' forthcoming superhero movies.

Robert Downey Jr made a Tony Stark-like entrance on Saturday into the San Diego Convention Center's largest exhibition hall, dancing through the aisles among more than 6,000 fans.

The Iron Man star joined the Marvel Studios president, Kevin Feige, at Comic-Con to show footage from the film, due for release next summer, and announce the studio's forthcoming superhero film schedule. Downey appeared wearing the right hand of his Iron Man costume with a suit and tie.

The Iron Man 3 clip offered a look at Sir Ben Kingsley as the villain Mandarin and the franchise newcomers Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall, along with the return of Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle's James Rhodes and Jon Favreau's Happy Hogan.

Favreau, who directed the first two Iron Man films, served as an executive producer on the third instalment.

"I feel like a proud grandfather who doesn't have to change the diapers but gets to play with the baby," Favreau said.

As to whether there could be more Iron Man movies after this one, Downey said: "The future is uncertain." He added: "I'm super happy and this has been just an amazing journey."

Feige also announced other forthcoming Marvel movies, including Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man. - AP