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Marvel sure knows how to make people beg, don’t they? It’s always a little annoying when we get teensy-tiny teaser clips, like the 10-second clip below of the “Iron Man 3” Super Bowl preview.

But I’m cool with this accompanying poster of Robert Downey Jr. bursting into flames as he plummets in a free-fall from the sky. Something tells me RDJ has been in this position before. In real life. And he survived just fine, thank you.

Iron Man 3 Poster with Flames

Directed by Shane Black, the sequel finds Stark (played by Robert Downey Jr.) changed by the events of the 2012 blockbuster “The Avengers.” Now he’s holed up in his workshop building¬†even more advanced versions of the Iron Man armor. Unfortunately, an attack on his home results in the destruction of the suits, leaving him with resources.

Robert Downey, Jr.
Robert Downey, Jr.

“It brings us back to the Tony we met in the first part of ‘Iron Man’ where he’s removed from that convoy and brought to the cave with nothing but a box of scraps,”¬†Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said recently.

“It’s fun for all of us to watch Tony try to figure out how to get out of that scenario. Much of the movie is Tony in the middle of the country without his tools and a fairly broken suit to help him. But that’s his superpower: he wasn’t born on Asgard, he wasn’t hit by gamma rays, and he doesn’t have the super soldier serum. His power is his brain. It’s fun to put Tony Stark in a corner with nothing and see how he can get out of it.”

Loosely based on the 2005-2006 “Extremis” story arc by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov, “Iron Man 3” also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau, joined by Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale and Ashley Hamilton. It opens in theaters internationally on April 25, 2013 and in North America on May 3, 2013.

Here’s the teeny-tiny Super Bowl preview:

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