We’ve been waiting for the Iron Man III production team to start filming in China, it’s the latest in a long series of Hollywood concessions to China in order to allow movies access to China’s massive theater going market. Now I know that some of you are saying, “Wait, they had to film there because the film’s villain is half Chinese.” That’s true, but the real reason is financial, China’s DMG Entertainment‘s co-production deal with Marvel, the inclusion of Chinese actors, and Chinese locations filming are being completed in order for the movie to meet China’s laws regarding foreign films access to China’s theater screens.
That explains why, just five months left until release, Iron man III production elements are gearing up to do additional filming in Beijing with Chinese actor Wang Xuequi. He plays Dr. Wu, a new character “is not a huge part” and some of Xuequi’s scenes have already been shot here in the states. Hence the new pictures below.
Iron Man 3 opens in theaters on May 3, 2013.