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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Deleted Scene: The original cut of the film was three hours and fifteen minutes long.
    • Happy Hogan confronts Eric Savin outside Stark Industries, and the two exchange insults.
    • The Mandarin talks on the phone about the bombing of the Chinese Theater.
    • In the president's situation room, James Rhodes tells a team of analysts to keep analyzing the destruction of Tony Stark's mansion, the aftermath of which is displayed via news coverage on a TV monitor. He is then told by a government agent that the Iron Patriot armor will be ready to fly soon. Looking at the monitor, the agent apologizes for what has happened to his friend, but Rhodes knows that he will be fine as "he has died on me before". He then says he is going after him, which is assumed to be his friend, but is really going after The Mandarin. Rhodes knows that his friend will be "like a cowboy, not thinking clearly, a sitting duck", out wherever he is and then turns to leave. The agent turns to see a global scanning of the country, with no sign of Rhodey's friend anywhere.
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    • Tony Stark encounters Harley Keener's bully, E.J.
    • While running from Eric Savin during the Battle of Rose Hill, Stark sees E.J. on his all-terrain vehicle. Stark tries to warn him about the water tower collapsing, but he does not listen and gets caught in the wave. Keener pulls E.J. from the water, and sees that he is not breathing. Stark uses his Arc Reactor to get E.J. breathing again, nearly killing himself in the process until Keener replaces the Arc Reactor.
    • Many takes of Gary meeting Stark.
    • During the Beauty Pageant, Miss Elk Ridge is asked what she would want most of all for Christmas. She says that she just wants everyone to love each other, starting to tear up in the middle of her saying it, as the rest of the auditorium starts tearing up. It is revealed that Tony Stark released tear gas from outside the auditorium, as he is shown talking in a fake western accent on a pay phone, explaining to the authorities what has happened, hiding the tear gas canister behind the door as everyone runs out away from it.
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    • After Aldrich Killian shoots Maya Hansen and leaves, Hansen crawls over to a flower that is about to explode from Extremis. She uses a computer to transfer all Extremis data to Stark so he can use it. The flower explodes and incinerates Hansen.
    • Onboard Air Force One, Savin, in the Iron Patriot Armor, is annoyed by a passenger. He says "Hey, is that Thor?", then knocks the man out when he is distracted.
    • Stark and James Rhodes use Trevor Slattery's acting skills to fool a guard. This scene includes several alternate takes where Rhodey asks Slattery to perform different accents.
    • In the Chinese version of the movie, Dr. Wu is assisted by Wu Jiaqi in removing shrapnel from Stark's chest.
    • The Chinese version included longer dialogue between Dr. Wu, Tony Stark and Ho Yinsen and an alternate take when Tony Stark leaves.
    • The Chinese version also includes a new scene where Jarvis and Dr. Wu talk on the phone about Tony Stark.
  • 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 corporate wing 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.
  • Fake American: Australian Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian.
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  • 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 reason. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 the Shang-Chi film.
  • Out of Holiday Episode: The film is set during Christmas, but it was released in April.
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  • Short Run in Peru: The film was released in theaters in dozens of countries at least a week before the US.
  • 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: 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.)
  • 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 refoucs it on PTSD and the need to constantly be Iron Man.
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