Iron-Man-3-Character-Poster-Guy-PearceShane Black’s Iron Man 3 is without a doubt one of the most anticipated films of the year, and with good reason. Joss Whedon’s The Avengers closed Marvel’s Phase One last year, and really set the bar for all future superhero blockbusters to come.

And with Black at the helm, we’ve got a lot to look forward to in Iron Man 3, kicking off the studio’s anticipated Phase Two.

Following the brilliant extended Super Bowl TV spot earlier in the month, we’ve recently been treated to the first character poster for Don Cheadle. Then came a new viral website that was discovered last week. And now Marvel have released the next character poster in the series, this time around giving us a look at Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian.

“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?”

Robert Downey, Jr. is of course front and centre once more in the lead. And starring alongside him is another fantastic ensemble, headed up by Gwyneth Paltrow, Cheadle, Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau, Wang Xueqi, and Ben Kingsley, with Paul Bettany reprising his role as the voice of JARVIS.

Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is taking over the helm from Jon Favreau, directing from a script he co-wrote with Drew Pearce (the upcoming Sherlock Holmes 3, Godzilla).

Iron Man 3 will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D this spring, with a UK release date set for 26th April and a US release date set for 3rd May. This is going to be utterly amazing. Here’s the brilliant new character poster whilst we wait.