Comingsoon.net posted this picture from Iron Man 3 of a red, white and blue Iron Man armored person who has to be Iron Patriot. So what does this mean?
For those of you who aren’t up on their comics, Iron Patriot is an Iron Man armor set up that Norman Osborn (you know, the Green Goblin) had convinced the world that he wasn’t a criminal and masquerading around with his own team of Avengers.
Unfortunately, Norman can’t appear in the Iron Man films, since Sony has them as part of the deal that allows the company to make Spider-Man films. They could be creating a new character to stand in for Norman, building something based on the Dark Reign/Siege storyline, leading to a blockbuster Avengers sequel down the road pitting the Avengers against Norman’s crew.
Or it could just be an easter egg; a nod to the comics. We find out on May 13 when Iron Man 3 hits theaters.