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Preview Summer Comic Book Movie Slate In New Images from ‘Man of Steel,’ ‘Iron Man 3’ and ‘The Wolverine’

Written by on January 11, 2013 

In less than four months, the summer movie season will get underway. Yes, some people contend that the big tentpoles either kick off in March or April, and although there’s a truth in saying big movies are coming out earlier than years past — even if they bomb, as happened with John Carter last spring — a Marvel movie hitting the first Friday of May signals commencement. It’s not a sacred ceremony, but I kind of like this weird tradition multiplex culture, a very fickle place, has found itself in.

The offering this May is Iron Man 3, which, to me, is most notable for being Shane Black‘s first directorial outing since 2005’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang — but that won’t be clear in this still image from (what looks like) EW‘s iPad app. While what’s here is, unfortunately, hugely anonymous — Robert Downey Jr., in his Iron Man suit, standing in front of Gwyneth Paltrow, in her Pepper Potts suit — those who want another image of the hero, have something to nibble on until another trailer arrives.

Iron Man 3 opens on May 3rd. Take a look below (via /Film and FilmThrasher):

Of greater interest is this peek at Henry Cavill decked out in Man of Steel, an in-film look at what had been placed on the poster, then complete with some blue tint that made everything strangely blurry. (Glimpsed in its trailer, too, but there it was not nearly as sharp.) Silly on that front, but honestly kind of intriguing here, where we have no answer as to why, in the name of all that is decent, someone would arrest Superman; looking to the far right, we now know the man responsible is played by Christopher Meloni. (Which means we have our first genuine look at him here.) Zack Snyder, then, is going for a big gamble here: testing viewers’ strong fondness of either in a battle of wills.

Man of Steel will fly into theater on June 14th, and you can see the image right below:

Finally, there’s a new look at Hugh Jackman in The Wolverine — which, to be frank, is not at all unlike every image of the actor playing this character. He’s in an attack stance, claws are unsheathed, and some muscles are protruding. At this point, I think the only interesting thing about Wolverine’s appearance is that the actor playing him, even after thirteen years, ceases to look right about the same age. Probably a good thing they’re placing the action after everything that’s already come, then.

With James Mangold directing, The Wolverine comes to theaters on July 26th. Have a gander below:

Do anything about these images leave even the smallest impact on what you expect from the respective films?

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