Marvel announces its upcoming slate at Comic-Con
Robert Downey Jr. speaks at the "Iron Man 3" panel 2012 Comic Con on Saturday, July 14, 2012 in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Robert Downey Jr. made a Tony Stark-like entrance Saturday into the San Diego Convention Center's largest exhibition hall, dancing up through the aisles among more than 6,000 fans.
The "Iron Man" star joined Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige at Comic-Con to show footage from the film, due next summer, and announce the studio's upcoming superhero film slate. He appeared while wearing the right hand of his "Iron Man" costume with a suit and tie.
The "Iron Man 3" clip showed Stark's latest incarnation of his super suit, pieces of which fly across his workshop and attach themselves to his body. It showed his cliffside compound crumbling into the sea and his cache of Iron Man suits being blasted to bits.
Robert Downey Jr. poses at the "Iron Man 3" panel 2012 Comic Con on Saturday, July 14, 2012 in San Diego, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
The footage also offered a look at Sir Ben Kingsley as the villain Mandarin and 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 installment.
"I feel like a proud grandfather who doesn't have to change the diapers but gets to play with the baby," Favreau said, appearing on the Marvel panel with Cheadle and "Iron Man 3" director Shane Black.