How much do you want to know about Iron Man 3 before the film is even finished shooting? We’re in the center of the Venn diagram that features circles of rumor and spoiler, so I’ll keep things after the break.

But the basics are as follows: Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) is in North Carolina shooting Iron Man 3 now, with Robert Downey, Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and Jon Favreau reprising their roles from the past films and The Avengers. Actors new to the series include Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Andy Lau, James Badge Dale, Rebecca Hall, Ashley Hamilton, and likely William Sadler. We know that Kingsley is a villain, and rumors have persisted for months that he plays the Mandarin, which Marvel roundly denies. Now there’s a report that claims to shed some light on how the film’s villainous power structure works.

Update: There’s also new info about the appearance of a specific Iron Man suit, the Iron Patriot. Details on that have been added below.

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