Production on Iron Man 3 is about to kick into high gear out in North Carolina, and we still don't know which Marvel supervillain Tony Stark will face this time. We likely won't know who the Big Bad is for sure for quite some time, but the studio where director Shane Black is shooting the flick might hold a very big clue.
We've known for a while that Iron Man 3 would be shooting in Wilmington, N.C. That might sound like a weird choice for a major Hollywood production, but North Carolina is one of the states trying to lure filmmakers to its shores with the promise of tax credits, and Iron Man 3's producers took the bait.
But that might not be the only reason Tony Stark's third adventure is headed out to Carolina. According to Comic Book Movie, the EUE/Screen Gems studio where the flick will be shooting also includes a "37,500 square foot sound stage that includes a special effects water tank."
This is a stretch, but if that water tank was a factor in the decision to take this production out to North Carolina, it could mean that Marvel's most iconic aquatic character—Namor the Sub-Mariner—might be on a collision course with Iron Man.
It's far, far from certain, but at this point Namor seems as likely a villain choice as any. For a while it seemed like the Iron Man 3 villain would almost have to be the Mandarin, but Black has gone on record labeling that character a "racist caricature," so it would seem he's out. As for what Black might be doing with all that water, well, we don't actually know that he's doing anything with it. But if he did pick this studio for that big FX tank, it could mean one of Marvel's oldest characters finally makes it to the big screen.
(via Comic Book Movie)