Marvel Studios has just released the first concept art for next summer's tentpole Iron Man 3, showing off Robert Downey Jr. as our favorite genius billionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark partially clad in Iron Man's costume—and it's awesome!

The new concept art by Ryan Meinerding was posted on Iron Man 3's official Facebook page with the byline ''Tony Stark IS Iron Man!''

(And cliiiiiick to have a better look!)

Yep, Tony Stark is Iron Man indeed! We don't know about you guys, but we just love the concept art's dynamic rendering of Stark as Iron Man, surrounded by some nondescript gun-holding bad guys to boot. Poor, poor bad guys.

Is it May 3, 2013, yet?

Written and directed by Shane Black, Iron Man 3 also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Jon Favreau, Guy Pearce and Sir Ben Kingsley.

What do you think of this first Iron Man 3 concept art? Like it? Love it? Hate it? More importantly: Does it make you even more excited for the film?

(via Iron Man 3 Facebook page)

Nathalie Caron