Robert-Downey-Jr.-in-Iron-Man-3Iron Man 3 will be lighting up the box office in Spring 2013, and the anticipation couldn’t be higher. Following on from The Avengers, the film will mark a brilliant start to Phase Two in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has a very, very awesome outlook from where we currently stand.

October gave us the immense first trailer, which was soon followed with a little extra footage in the Japanese trailer. And most recently we got a more sombre looking still of Robert Downey, Jr. reprising his role as Tony Stark / Iron Man.

And now the film’s official Facebook has treated us to a new image from the film, wishing us all a happy holiday this festive season.

“Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?”

Starring alongside Downey, Jr. is another excellent cast, led by Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Wang Xueqi, and Ben Kingsley, with Paul Bettany expected to reprise his role as the voice of JARVIS.

Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is making a highly anticipated reunion with Downey, Jr. here, with Black directing from a script he co-wrote with Drew Pearce (the upcoming Sherlock Holmes 3).

Iron Man 3 will be hitting the big screen in 3D on 26th April, 2013 in the UK, with its US release date set for a week later in the superhero slot of 3rd May. I can’t wait. For now, here’s the excellent new image, which you can click through to enlarge. Happy holidays.