Star Wars‘ extensive fan forums have been filled with worrisome statements all day after Disney announced its purchase of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise. In addition, many are wondering how the merger will affect the franchise’s seventh live-action film, set for a release date of 2015. They might not need to look further than Bob Iger, Disney‘s CEO. Known for his talent to explore possibilities in his acquisitions, Iger identified hidden potentials within Marvel Entertainment when Disney purchased it for $4 billion dollars back in 2009. Three years later, the studio was able to create seven additional movie titles, including four films based on a central tie-in: Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers, with the next film, Iron Man 3, to follow next year.
Another crossover to The Avengers plot line, Iron Man 3 is said to based on “Extremis”, a six-issue special series on the original Iron Man comic book title. The film will also introduce Mandarin, another archenemy of Iron Man, to the silver screen. In addition to the trailer released last week, Marvel and Disney also unveiled several production stills to draw more attention to the movie, set for a release date of May 3rd, 2013.