Tony Stark takes a beating in 3 brutal new Iron Man 3 pics

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Jan 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

We've been hearing that Iron Man 3 will feature Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) biggest challenge yet—and some gritty new pics of a beaten Iron Man seem to back up those claims.

Marvel has released three new pics from the eagerly anticipated sequel, and Iron Man is definitely looking worse for wear in two of them. It's nice to see that new director Shane Black isn't afraid to absolutely destroy some armor along the way.

Here's the official synopsis for what is being called a standalone sequel in Marvel's larger film saga:

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?
Iron Man 3 opens May 3, 2013.

Check out the pics below (click for larger) and let us know what you think:

(Via Collider)