The last time we saw Tony Stark, he was chilling with his homies eating some well-deserved shawarma after slamming the door on some parallel-universe baddies. One year later, Marvel is poised to enter Phase II of its once scoffed-about plan to rewrite the rules of the superhero franchise, and it’s only right that Iron Man leads the way when Iron Man 3 premieres tonight in Los Angeles. Captain America might be the First Avenger, but it was Iron Man who got the ball rolling at the box office in 2008 and remains the expanded universe’s biggest attraction.
Tonight, Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, and more will walk the red carpet at the El Capitan Theater, and you can watch it live-streamed right here beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Fans have seen glimpses of the evil Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) in the trailers, but it’s time to finally see what he has planned for our billionaire hero. Of equal interest will be the clever hints and sly Easter eggs that impact the greater Marvel universe and all its sub-franchises…