Iron Man 3 Eyes North Carolina Shoot

Though the armored hero will make his presence known on the big screen next summer as part of the superhero ensemble, The Avengers, Marvel Studios is already prepping Tony Stark's next solo adventure with Iron Man 3. While the first two Iron Man films shot primarily in Los Angeles, Latino Review reports that the third outting is eyeing production in Wilmington, North Carolina.

If all goes according to their reports, Iron Man 3 will take over 10 sound stages at the city's Screen Gems Studios with production targeted to begin next June.

Little is known about the plot of the film, but Shane Black will take the director's seat (replacing the first two films' Jon Favreau) and will lend his writing talents to the script by Drew Pearce. At this time, Robert Downey Jr. is the only confirmed cast member, though it's highly likely that Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle will be returning as well.

Iron Man 3 is targeting a May 3, 2013 release.