SUPER UPDATE: The mystery has already been solved! The Superficial has received an image from the Iron Man 3 set that shows James Badge Dale in costume as Iron Patriot. It was previously reported that Dale would be playing Eric Savin in the movie, a character who becomes Coldblood in the comics, but it seems that things have changed this time around. To see what Dale looks like in the armor, check out the image at the bottom of this post.
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You've probably noticed this by now, but there isn't just one kind of Iron Man suit. In fact, since 2008 the armor has appeared in three movies and there have been a grand total of eight suits: Mark I through VII and War Machine. No film with Iron Man in it has featured less than two different types of armor, and now SuperHeroHype has confirmed that yet another version will be appearing in Iron Man 3. The big question is, who will be wearing it?
The site is reporting that the second sequel to Iron Man, which is being directed by Shane Black, will feature the Iron Patriot, a red, white and blue tinged suit that first appeared in 2009's "Dark Avengers." Here's the twist though: Tony Stark wasn't the guy wearing the suit. In fact, it was Norman Osborne of Spider-Man fame, who, in the story, is actually treated as an American hero. Osborne took the technology from Stark Industries and gave it the patriotic look as a tribute to the recently-deceased Captain America. Iron Man 3 is currently filming down in North Carolina and stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, James Badge Dale and Jon Favreau.
Obviously Osborne won't be appearing in the movie, as Sony Pictures owns the rights to the character and Iron Man 3 is a Marvel Studios film, so that means that either someone else will be sporting the Iron Patriot armor or its just an idea that Tony Stark has for his newest design. Given that the project is already chock full of villains, I'm really hoping for the latter.
Below you will find a full-size picture of what the Iron Patriot armor looks like:
UPDATE: And here's James Badge Dale as Iron Patriot!