Iron Man 3 to film in North Carolina

Robert Downey Jr will return in Iron Man 3

The Hollywood Reporter and the Associated Press reports that EUE/Screen Gems and North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue announced in a press conference Thursday that the majority of the filming of the blockbuster Iron Man 3 would take place in EUE/Screen Gems Studios, a 150,000-square-foot located in Wilmington. This is a shift from the LA-based shooting of the first two films, which took place at Marvel‘s own Manhattan Beach studios in California.

At the New York Comic Con earlier this month, Marvel Studios Head Kevin Feige also announced that Iron Man 3 would form the start of a new arc of films leading up to a second film for The Avengers. The line-up may be somewhat different to next year’s event film, incorporating a few as-yet-unknown characters such as The Inhumans or the Guardians of the Galaxy, or maybe even Ant Man!

Very little information is currently available on Iron Man 3, currently in pre-production, except that it will be directed by Shane Black and written by Drew Pearce, who has also just been tapped to pen Sherlock Holmes 3. Robert Downey Jr will reprise his role in both of those films.

Iron Man 3 is scheduled to start shooting in early 2012, and is set for a 3 May 2013 release date from Disney.