The latest in a series of new character posters for Iron Man 3 has hit. Exclusive to Empire, this one showcases actor, Guy Pearce as geneticist, Aldrich Killian.
Despite the fact that he looks more like a spray-tanned self-help guru, this film version of the Killian character will play a critical part in the film's plot. Along with his colleague, Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall), Killian creates "Extremis," a technological virus that (in the comics, anyway,) re-writes the genetic code of a potential living subject, endowing enhanced physical abilities and rapid healing. Of course, when it comes to all powerful new toys with the potential to improve the lot of humanity, there always has to be some bitter, belligerent bad guy out there that wants to take nice things and turn it into a weapon of some kind. Indeed, that is what will happen when the sinister Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) arrives on the scene.
For Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark, the course of events will bring his life into a literal upheaval. (You did see what happened to his crib and his armor collection in the trailers, right?) However, while The Mandarin and his nano-powered cronies may have Iron Man in their crosshairs, Killian's potentially-deadly breakthrough could also end up being the beginning of some serious upgrades to Tony's tech in ways even his brilliant mind didn't imagine possible.
Iron Man 3 crashes into theaters on May 3. Check out the full Aldrich Killian poster below and speculate on whether he whitens his teeth.
Sorry, but I just had to do this.