“Iron Man 3” villain and actor revealed – “The Iron Patriot”

“Marvel’s The Avengers” is still tearing it up at the box office, raking in over $527 million to date, but that doesn’t mean Tony Stark gets a break from saving the world. “Iron Man 3” is currently filming in Wilmington, North Carolina. Photographers caught the first look at one of the new villains in the movie, the Iron Patriot, who is sporting armor that could give Stark a run for his money. First introduced in the comic “Dark Avengers #1,” the Iron Patriot might have a suit of high-tech armor with a Captain America paint job, but the man inside is not a hero.

That’s actor James Badge Dale (“The Departed,” TV’s “24”) as Eric Savin, one of the villains of “Iron Man 3.” In the comics, Savin is a soldier who is gravely injured in a land mine explosion and reanimated as a cyborg called Coldblood-7. It looks like the movie merges his character from the books with the Iron Patriot armor (which was worn by Spider-Man’s nemesis Norman Osborn, aka the Green Goblin).

You can spot in the photo that Dale only wears the armored suit from the waist up. He wears motion capture sensors on his legs, which will be used to create CG legs later on.

“Iron Man 3” is expected to be released in theaters next year, with a Thor and Captain America sequel to follow. Check out bigger versions of the pic in the gallery spot below!

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