As if Iron Man 3 didn't feature enough characters already, Variety is reporting that Ashley Hamilton (Sunset Beach) is in talks to play the villain Firepower in Ol' Shell Head's next outing. In the comics, Firepower, aka Jack Taggert, worked on his own super powered armor for a competitor of Stark Industries. Codenamed Project: Firepower, this suit was backed by the U.S. government and was eventually used to combat Iron Man in the late '80s.

In other Iron Man 3 news, Collider has confirmed that Jon Favreau will return to the series as Happy Hogan, Tony Stark's bodyguard. Favreau, of course, was the original director of the first two Iron Man films, so it will be a little bizarre to see him return to the role he played in the previous movies. We can't help but think that Shane Black might have to deal with some backseat directing from the man that began the series in 2008.

Iron Man 3 will hit theaters on May 3, 2013.

[via Collider, Variety]