‘Iron Man 3′ Trailer Blasts Off: Watch Now!

Tony Stark busts out brand-new armor in the latest trailer for Marvel Studios' 'Avengers' follow-up.

If you thought Tony Stark was going to sweet-talk his way out of his next adventure … well, you’re probably right. But the wittiest superhero of them all will have to come up with all-new wise-cracks if he’s to stand a chance at toppling his deadliest adversary to date: The Mandarin.

A brand-new trailer for “Iron Man 3,” directed by Shane Black and starring Robert Downey Jr., hit the web Tuesday (March 5) with all of the armored action we’ve come to expect from Marvel Studios’ key franchise. It’s just the latest look at the latest journey for the billionaire playboy philanthropist, but it’s also the most detailed look of them all — thanks in large to the arrival of some suits of armor that comic book fans have been dying to see for years and years.

“I’m Tony Stark. I build neat stuff. I got a great girl. And occasionally I save the world,” Stark says as the trailer opens. “So why can’t I sleep?”

The answer to that question, it seems, starts with an “M.” The front half of the trailer devotes much of its time establishing the Mandarin as a dangerous force who is terrorizing the world at large. We see the president of the United States calling the ring-clad villain out directly, promising, “I will defend this country at all costs. The Mandarin must be stopped!”

But he won’t be stopped so easily. The Mandarin’s voice groans, “You don’t know who I am. You’ll never see me coming.” And his threats are directed specifically at Tony, for reasons currently unknown. “Mr. Stark, today is the first day of what’s left of your life,” he warns. “I’m going to offer the choice: do you want an empty life, or a meaningful death?”

As a result, the world is watching for Stark’s reaction to the Mandarin’s devastation, leading the superhero to make a solemn promise: “You’re not a man. You’re nothing more than a maniac. I’m not afraid of you. No politics here: just good old fashioned revenge.”

The remainder of the trailer is dedicated to much of what we’ve seen before — Stark’s seaside home destroyed, the hero going on the run — but with tantalizing new details, including how Tony’s new suit forms around him faster than ever before. The money shot comes at the end of the trailer when Tony and his old pal Rhodey agree on a course of action: they need back-up. To that end, a veritable army of armors show up to back Tony up, including the long-awaited Hulkbuster armor; as comic book fans know, it’s a suit designed specifically to take down Tony Stark’s big, green pal when he gets too angry. Is it a sign that Mark Ruffalo might appear in “Iron Man 3″ after all? We can certainly hope!

Co-starring Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rebecca Hall, “Iron Man 3″ blasts off into theaters on May 3, 2013.

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