Iron Man 3 has wrapped its Wilmington shoot and the local press in North Carolina have profiled the big movie production that was. The thrust of the Star News report is that the Iron Man movie was a keenly sought gig for the state, but now it's done, they've provided their services and shown how competitive they are.
Somewhere in the middle of the story, however, is an interesting detail of what The Mandarin and his Ten Rings terrorist circles will be up to in the next instalment. It's something a little surprising too, given… well, given something going on elsewhere in Hollywood right now, but I won't go any further this side of the spoiler warning.
Turn back now, cowards.
One of the local business to make a significant contribution to the film were Master Craftsmen Services, a furniture restoration company who:
created nearly 10 different set pieces for the film. Designers there upholstered furniture for billionaire playboy Stark's mansion, including a bed, sofas, chaise lounges, ottomans and chairs.
If that was my business, I'd set up tonystarksbed.com right now, before Rich does.
They didn't just appoint the Stark pad however. One of their commissions was for some bomb fodder, set to be blown up in a strike by The Mandarin and company.
The company, which has been restoring furniture for 15 years, also upholstered about 22 theater seats that will be digitally replicated to create an entire theater on-screen. The theater will then appear to have been bombed during a terrorist attack in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile over at Warner Bros., The Gangster Squad is seeing a four month delay while a scene portraying an in-cinema shooting is removed and replaced.
Either Marvel and Disney have more nerve than Warner Bros. or more sense. Or do they just consider that the later release date will no longer render the scene "too soon, too soon"?
Or maybe it's that it's a bombing, not a shooting; or – crikey – it's that the attack happens in Afghanistan and not America.
Any which way, Iron Man 3 seems to be going where Gangster Squad, for some reason, fears to tread.
Final note: While the report doesn't specifically say that the terrorist attack is the work of The Mandarin and The Ten Rings, I don't think there's another realistic candidate. Who else would it be? SHIELD?