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  • Actor-Shared Background: Like Mrs. Davis, Dale Dickey is a native of Tennessee.
  • B-Team Sequel: Jon Favreau declined to return as director due to the conflicts he had with Marvel during Iron Man 2. He did agree to reprise his role as Happy Hogan.
  • California Doubling: The scenes taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee, were actually filmed in Kenansville, North Carolina... by people who had clearly never seen Chattanooga in real life. In real life, Chattanooga is mid-sized, fairly modern, and in an ironic twist, has some of the fastest internet speeds in the world.
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  • The Cast Showoff: Robert Downey Jr. is a practitioner of Wing Chun martial arts, so Tony Stark has a Wing Chun dummy in his garage which he is seen dealing out a few strikes to.
  • Channel Hop: Originally due to be distributed by Paramount, but given to Disney after they purchased Marvel. Like The Avengers, Paramount is still credited as the film's distributor for contractual reasons.
  • Creator Backlash: Mild example, but Rebecca Hall was unhappy that she was led to believe Maya Hansen would have a bigger role, only for the character to be killed off before the third act.
  • Cross-Regional Voice Acting: While the Canadian French dub of this film was still recorded in Montreal, it also used voice actors from the European French dub recorded in Paris, including Bernard Gabay as Iron Man. Since then, all of the MCU films' Canadian French releases have been recorded in Montreal and Paris.
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  • Deleted Scene: See here.
  • Development Gag: Possibly. When Maya arrives at the Stark Mansion, Tony sarcastically says "you're not the Mandarin". Several sources state that the original script had Maya as the main villain, presumably playing the same role that Killian played in the finished film. Notably, this would have been accurate to the comic the film is largely based on.
  • Disowned Adaptation: Bob Layton was not happy with how the film turned out. John Byrne was also dissatisfied with the film's Mandarin twist.
  • Executive Meddling: Ellen Brandt and Maya Hansen were originally going to have larger roles in the story and the villain was supposed to be female, but Marvel's Creative Committee (particularly the notoriously sexist Ike Perlmutter) insisted that the Big Bad had to be male, following the reasoning that toys based on female characters wouldn't sell (ironically, toys of either Hansen or Killian were never made for the film). The entire script had to be altered as a result.
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  • Fake American: Australian Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian.
  • Flip-Flop of God: Oh, boy, the Mandarin... Shane Black initially said he had no intention of doing the Mandarin at all, citing the character's reputation as a racist stereotype as the reasonnote . The Mandarin ended up appearing as the main villain, albeit casting the half-Indian Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin in order to avoid offending Chinese audiences and the movie's own Chinese financial backers. Later, Black originally stated both in an interview and on the commentary that Aldrich Killian was the actual MCU incarnation of the Mandarin, not Kingsley's Trevor Slattery. However... All Hail the King retconned it, revealing that Killian wasn't really the Mandarin, either, but someone else who is the real Mandarin wasn't happy with what Killian and Trevor did. Despite being assumed that this was because how some people reacted to Killian being the Mandarin, co-writer Drew Pearce later said the short was not made to please Mandarin fans, but to fix the potential Plot Holes caused by The Reveal, with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings giving us the true "Mandarin" (the film showing he hates the name), Wenwu.
  • God Never Said That: Many of the rumors by sources such as Latino Review that have been attributed to Marvel Studios such as a post-credits scene involving Tony going into space and meeting the Guardians of the Galaxy have been debunked by Kevin Feige himself.
  • International Coproduction: The film was partially funded with Chinese money, and some filming took place in Beijing.
  • It Was His Sled: The twist of the Mandarin actually being a charlatan was a closely guarded secret in the lead up to the original release, but has since become so controversial and well known that it ended up as the single most remembered aspect of the entire film.
  • Multiple Languages, Same Voice Actor: Bernard Gabay voiced Tony Stark/Iron Man in the Canadian and European French dubs.
  • Old Shame: Not for the whole film itself, it seems as though the MCU's writers don't seem to hold the movie's plot twist (that the Mandarin is really an actor to distract the audience from the real villain, Aldrich Killian) in high regard based on the absurd amount of Leaning on the Fourth Wall in All Hail the King, along with the Retcon that stated that there is a "real" Mandarin that exists, and he's not happy with what happened in the events of Iron Man 3. Said real Mandarin would eventually become the main antagonist of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
  • The Other Darrin: In the Canadian French dub, Tony Stark/Iron Man is voiced by Bernard Gabay, Robert Downey Jr.'s European French voice actor, rather than Daniel Picard, his voice actor since the first film.
  • Out of Holiday Episode: The film is set during Christmas, but it was released in April. This, of course, falls in with Shane Black's Christmas obsession.
  • Short Run in Peru: The film was released in theaters in dozens of countries at least a week before the US.
  • Spared by the Cut:
    • In an interview regarding Spider-Man: No Way Home, Kevin Feige revealed that Happy Hogan was originally planned to die. Jon Favreau was the one who insisted that Hogan ends up in a coma instead of dying.
    • Trevor Slattery/The Mandarin was originally slated to die at the end of the movie, exploding after injecting himself with Extremis.
  • Trolling Creator: Kevin Feige and Shane Black were on a roll with this.
    • A Super Bowl trailer that promised an 'extended look' had Robert Downey Jr. staring at the camera. To be fair, "extensive" and "extended" could be easily confused.
    • Many elements in the film were Red Herrings that were obviously designed to fool the audience, such as getting someone as high-profiled as Ben Kingsley to play The Mandarin (who's nothing more than a dupe) and the post-credit scene not being an Avengers 2 plug.
    • Subtler, but the director makes use of the whole 'HUD on Tony's face' thing to keep audiences guessing if Tony's even in the suit when he rescued the thirteen passengers from the plane. He was later revealed to be remotely controlling the armor.
    • Early discussion implied Killian was a glorified cameo, and that Guy Pearce was a last-minute addition to the cast. He is, of course, the Big Bad.
    • As for official Iron Man 3-branded LEGO sets: One of the sets is called "Iron Man vs. the Mandarin: Ultimate Showdown", and features Tony going up against the Mandarin in a weird weapon-covered tank-thing, the obvious implication being that this is a toy recreation of the film's big final battle. That's right, even the toys are deliberately misleading you as to the film's plot! (There's also a set based on the scene where Tony's house gets blown up which includes a Mandarin figure, implying he's flying one of the helicopters.)
      • On a similar note, a bunch of toys, including one LEGO set, depict Rhodey in his traditional, unpainted War Machine armor, which never appears in the film. This, combined with the trailers and merchandising never showing who was under the Iron Patriot suit, resulting in people assuming the Patriot was a separate character (if not Norman Osborn for rights reasons, then Killian or one of his henchmen, which does technically happen when they steal the suit and use it to kidnap the president).
  • Uncredited Role: Mark Ruffalo is uncredited for his cameo as Bruce Banner in the post-credits scene.
  • Wag the Director: Part of the reason adapting "Demon in the Bottle" was nixed was because Robert Downey Jr. was afraid that going back to that mindset after the progress he'd made in his recovery would cause him to relapse, hence the decision to refocus it on PTSD and the need to constantly be Iron Man.
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