While we here in the States still get to be the first to see Iron Man 3 when it releases on May 3rd, it’ll be China who gets an extra special version of the flick, all their own. Marvel announced today they’ll be releasing a different version of Iron Man 3 in China on an as of yet unspecified date. Get ready, this Chinese special edition of Iron Man 3 is about to become one hot commodity.
What will make the Chinese Iron Man 3 different? Not a whole lot, but the changes may prove significant. For one, their version will have Chinese actress, Fan Bingbing featured in a small role. If her names sounds familiar it’s because she’s been cast as Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Whether she’s appearing as Blink isn’t clear, but it’d be unlikely for there to be a crossover between a Marvel Studios film and one from Sony, even if they are both Marvel Comics characters. Both versions will include renowned Chinese actor Wang Xueqi as well as the footage film in Beijing last December. But then the Chinese version will also include, “specially prepared bonus footage made exclusively for the Chinese audience.”
So, whatever that means. Below the cut you can read the press release explaining fully the two different versions of Iron Man 3. What do you think of China getting their own, special version? How quickly will a bootleg of it hit the net?
Marvel Studios and DMG announced that a Chinese version of Iron Man 3 will be released in China on a date to be announced in the near future. DMG, a Chinese media and entertainment company, collaborated with Marvel Studios on the Chinese elements in the film, and is marketing and distributing the film in China. While Marvel and DMG have decided not to apply for co-production status in China, the film includes significant Chinese elements. Renowned Chinese actor Wang Xueqi will appear in both the studio’s Chinese version of the film and in its international and domestic US version. Both versions of the film include Iron Man 3 footage filmed in Beijing in December. The Chinese version of the film will also feature a special appearance of China’s top actress, Fan Bingbing, and will offer specially prepared bonus footage made exclusively for the Chinese audience. Marvel Studios’ experience working on this film with Fan Bingbing and Wang Xueqi and in shooting in China has been very positive and has created a springboard for future collaboration with China’s talented stars and its growing film and television industry. The Iron Man cast and filmmakers look forward to bringing Iron Man back to China.