Robert Downey Jr. on Iron Man 3's action sequences

Reveals Rhodey will have a big role

Iron Man 3 will soon be leading Marvel’s superheroes into Phase Two, and Robert Downey Jr. has been talking a little about what we might be able to expect from the new film, particularly in the action stakes.

“We’ve just been talking about one sequence,” he explained to EW. “The top-secret name is the Boot/Glove Sequence, I can tell you that, just between you and me - it’s where Tony only has one gauntlet and one boot and he has to escape multiple captors.

“It’s really fun, dude. We’re taking everything from his first gauntlet test in the first movie up through the most extreme stuff we thought up for Iron Man 2 and The Avengers and pulling on all of it and making this one big, extended challenge of physics.”

Meanwhile, he also reveals that we can expect to see a good deal more of Don Cheadle’s Rhodes in the new film, with the character apparently set to take a central role.

“Rhodey is much more in the dead centre of things,” reveals Downey. “He’s much more dynamic. We’ve made this decision that while Tony is a technical guy, he’s not really a trained guy.

“There’s a lot of fun to be had with Don because he’s really good with hardware and he’s a martial artist, so it’s been really fun exploiting this possibility of Tony having moments like the one in Avengers, like the one with Cap where he decides, ‘Oh screw it, he probably knows what he’s doing.’ So there’s a lot of that and a lot more fun and a lot more depth to Rhodey this time around.”

Directed by Shane Black and co-starring Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and Gwyneth Paltrow, Iron Man 3 opens in the UK on 3 May 2013.

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