Wait over as 'Iron Man 3' hits theaters
 

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) –- "Iron Man 3" opened up in movie theaters across Wilmington at 9 p.m. Thursday.

"I've been waiting for a really long time to see the movie," Katie Tipton said.

Almost a year after several scenes of "Iron Man 3" were filmed in Wilmington, the wait is finally over and the movie is out in theaters.

"We're all just buzzing with excitement," Patricia Matson, an "Iron Man 3" extra, said.

Many people are eager to see how the Port City translated on the big screen, in such a highly anticipated movie.

"It's kind of an Easter egg thing to be able to see Wilmington in some of the scenes," Tyler Millage said.

"I'm looking for the hospital and outside PPD on the river," Rebecca Bell said.

While some will be looking to see familiar places, others will be trying to spot themselves on the silver screen.

"It will be great if I spot myself in the movie, but even just to be able to celebrate all of the excitement of having it finally be out is fun," Matson said.

Thomas Gilbert, owner of Fanboy Comics, says he has not been able to keep Iron Man merchandise on the shelves.

"We have sold out of every Iron Man t-shirt we had in stock, and it's been like that all weekend," Gilbert said.

Movie theaters are hoping the blockbuster will do the same for them.

"Being the biggest movie made in Wilmington so far, I'm expecting it to have a lot of business this weekend," John Humphrey, First Assistant Manager at Carmike Cinemas, said.

The 9 p.m. showing of "Iron Man 3" sold out at Carmike Cinemas.

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The wait, it is finally over! I too, just like the Katie Tipton, have "been waiting for a really long time to see the movie," even though has it not been made just recently? Now that I am understanding it is like an Easter egg, I will be looking for them everywhere! Perhaps there are tasty importante Iron Man treats inside of them? That would be sooo exciting!

As I am sitting with the tears falling from my eyes onto my pantalone pockets, because I am sitting down of course, I am sooo excited! The importante Iron Man movie, the wait is finally over! Now our little lives are importante as well, because we are from here, just like the importante Iron Man! Never have our live been sooo exciting because of the importante Iron Man! Ohhh, I am sooo excited!

I am waiting for the time when the media quits throwing it in our faces at every turn.