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James Badge Dale Signs on as Villain For Iron Man 3

Rubicon star James Badge Dale has signed on to play the villain Eric Savin in Marvel’s Iron Man 3, Variety reports. He joins returning cast members Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle, and newcomers Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce and Rebecca Hall.

Created by Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy, Lt. Col. Eric Savin was introduced in 1989’s Marvel Comics Presents #26 as the head of security for the U.S. Army’s Project: Ultra-Tech who, after driving over a landmine is resurrected as a cyborg designated Coldblood.

Directed by Shane Black from a script he co-wrote with Drew Pearce (No Heroics), Iron Man 3 is loosely based on the 2005-2006 “Extremis” story arc by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov in which a criminal is injected with a nanotechnological drug created by the U.S. military in an attempt to replicate the Super-Soldier Serum, triggering a mutation that grants him superhuman abilities. The sequel begins filming this month in North Carolina before moving to China later this summer.

Dale, a former child actor who began his career in 1990’s Lord of the Flies, is perhaps best known for his television roles on 24 and The Pacific. He recently wrapped Disney’s The Lone Ranger, and will next be seen in World War Z.

Iron Man grossed $585 million worldwide in 2008, surpassed in 2010 by the sequel’s $624 million. Iron Man 3 opens May 3, 2013.


  • RunnerX13

    Can’t wait to see Stark fight another guy with an inferior copy of his own tech. 

  • Boabie

    Can’t help but think that a villain created through a failed attempt to recreate the super soldier serum is the same way the last Hulk film explained the creation of the Abomination…

  • Tomi Hanzek

    Extremis was excellent, I thought, so I’m happy they’re going with that story. I hope filming in China means the Mandarin will be somewhere in this.

  • Calbretto

    I have to say, I’m always a little bummed when they pick an “obscure” villain for one of these mainstream movies. Stryker in X2 was bad enough, especially since it led to an over-abundance of poorly used villains in X3.

  • DrHiphop85

    Well Stryker is a minor character from a great story….so I can understand using him.