In the comic books, Colonel Savin is in charge of Project: Ultra-Tech. He steps on a landmine that blows his body to pieces. After being dead for 2.3 minutes, he is brought back to life as a cyborg and becomes an urban soldier who freelances as a mercenary. Though on the side of good, he has never appeared opposite Tony Stark in the Marvel comics.
Iron Man 3 begins shooting this month in North Carolina.