Iron Man 3 is an upcoming American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It will be the sequel to Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010) and will be the seventh installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, being the first major release in that franchise since the crossover film The Avengers (2012). Shane Black is set to direct a screenplay by himself and Drew Pearce, which will be based on the "Extremis" story arc by Warren Ellis. Jon Favreau, who directed the first two films, serves as executive producer along with Kevin Feige.Robert Downey, Jr. reprises his role as Tony Stark, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle reprising their roles as Pepper Potts and James Rhodes respectively. Iron Man 3 is scheduled to be released on May 3, 2013. Cast Robert Downey Jr will reprise his role as Iron Man Ben Kingsley will portray the Mandarin, Iron Man's arch enemy and the main villain of the film Don Cheadle will reprise his role as War Machine Gwyneth Paltrow will reprise her role as Pepper Potts Guy Pearce will portray Aldrich Killian the creator of the Extremis virus. Rebecca Hall will play Maya Hansen Ashley Hamilton will armor up as Firepower, one of Iron Man's official enemies. James Badge Dale portrays Eric Savin, a villain from the X-Men comics known as Coldblood Other cast members involve William Sadler, Stan Lee, and Jon Favreau.