20 Most Anticipated Movies Of 2013: Page 6 of 6

1. Iron Man 3

Release Date: May 3
Director: Shane Black
Screenwriters: Shane Black & Drew Pearce
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley

PixelatedPop's number one most anticipated movie of 2013 should be no surprise.  Robert Downey Jr. steps into the Iron Man suit for his fourth adventure as the armored soldier, battling against a new menace in Marvel's first major release since last summer's The Avengers blew the box office competition out of the water.  From the dust settling after the Chitauri invasion appears The Mandarin, an extremely powerful entity played with panache by Sir Ben Kingsley and serving as Tony Stark's greatest threat yet.  Director Shane Black fills in for franchise veteran Jon Favreau, but with a resume including writing credits for Lethal Weapon, The Monster Squad and the criminally underrated 2005 crime comedy Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, it's safe to say that our golden hero will remain bulletproof.  Black promises that Iron Man 3 won't simply be "two men in iron suits fighting each other" but rather a "Tom Clancy thriller" presenting Downey Jr.'s character with all sorts of new internal and external conflicts.  Borrowing its subject matter from the "Extremis" story arc, Iron Man 3 could very well find itself amongst the greatest Marvel Cinematic Universe films yet.

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