‘Iron Man 3′: Teaser unleashed for Marvel superhero Super Bowl spot

Jan. 30, 2013 | 10:10 p.m.

Gwyneth Paltrow, left, and Robert Downey Jr. reprise their roles as Pepper Potts and Tony Stark in "Iron Man 3." (Marvel Studios)

Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as Tony Stark in a scene from "Iron Man 3." (Marvel Studios)

Robert Downey Jr. reprises his role as Tony Stark in a scene from "Iron Man 3." (Marvel Studios)

Iron Man and Pepper Potts share a moment in "Iron Man 3." (Zade Rosenthal / Marvel Studios)

The Mandarin draws power from 10 rings he found among the ruins of an alien vessel. (Robert De La Torre / Marvel Comics)

The Mandarin made his comics debut in 1964's "Tales of Suspense" No. 50, by Stan Lee and Don Heck. (Marvel Comics)

With his 10 powerful rings and aspirations of world domination, the Mandarin became Iron Man's arch nemesis. Above, the cover for "Tales of Suspense" No. 55. (Marvel Comics)

First it was “Oz: The Great and Powerful.” Then came “The Lone Ranger.”

Now, it’s Tony Stark’s turn.

Disney has just released a clip from another of its upcoming Super Bowl spots touting one of three upcoming blockbusters.

The “Iron Man 3″ footage is only 10 seconds long, but it’s still enough to whet fan’s appetites.

Some of the images are reminiscent of the first trailer for the film, which was released in October and implied that this third installment in the franchise would be far darker than its predecessors. The new clip certainly plays up the destruction seemingly wrought by Ben Kingsley’s super-villain the Mandarin.

'Iron Man 3' posterIn the comics, the Mandarin was an exiled orphan who discovers a crashed spaceship. He mastered the alien science he found there and kept 10 powerful rings used to drive the ship. He used the rings’ power in his schemes for world domination and became one of Iron Man’s most formidable foes, from his first appearance in 1964′s “Tales of Suspense” No. 50, by Stan Lee and Don Heck.

Marvel President Kevin Feige has said that the big-screen Mandarin’s back story won’t follow the comics, however.

The film, directed by Shane Black (“Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”), is due out May 3.

– Gina McIntyre

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