FIRST LOOK: Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3

Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Iron Man 3 (2013) Movie Image

Or, well, the back of him, anyway.

Marvel/Disney has released your first official look at Robert Downey Jr. in the lair of one Tony Stark in the upcoming “Iron Man 3″, set to be written and directed by Shane Black. The image comes along with the official announcement of start of production on the comic book sequel. But then you probably already know that the film is currently shooting, since we posted SPOILERY set images from the movie last week.

The production will shoot in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina, Miami, and Florida in the States, before jetting off overseas to China to wrap up.

Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark/Iron Man, alongside Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. They are joined by newcomers Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, James Dale Badge, and Ashley Hamilton.

“Iron Man 3″ jets into theaters May 3, 2013. Until then, here is the first image of RDJ from the set:

Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Iron Man 3 (2013) Movie Image

Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Iron Man 3 (2013) Movie Image

Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Iron Man 3 (2013) Movie Image