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If you are talking about Iron Man 3, you are likely discussing either that sweet “House Party Protocol” scene or you’re talking about Sir Ben Kingsley ’s portrayal of The Mandarin.  If you haven’t seen Iron Man 3 yet, or the Marvel One Shot, “All Hail The King”, you may want to turn away now to avoid some pretty big spoilers. Otherwise, get ready to start contemplating the identity of Iron Man 3’s big baddie. (more…)

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The folks at Marvel are putting a little more focus on the seemingly useless character of The Mandarin (played by the almighty Ben Kingsley).  Though he wandered through Iron Man 3 without much purpose other than being a façade for more devious undertakings, the renewed interest seems to suggest they might be looking to make him more than what we’ve seen thus far.  Check out the first clip from the upcoming All Hail the King one-shot and see what you think. (more…)


Anyone who’s seen Iron Man 3 falls into one of two camps on the subject of the twist involving main villain, The Mandarin: they either love it or they hate it. Writer/director Shane Black had to know that when he developed the story, but he still pulled the proverbial trigger anyway. So how about Shane, why piss off half the nerd world with this development? Total Film asked him the question, and the answer, obviously, was spoilerish implications. Stop reading now if you want to see Iron Man 3 and not be spoiled. (But really, why haven’t you seen Iron Man 3 already?!)

Here’s what Black had to say:

“I would say that we struggled to find a way to present a mythic terrorist that had something about him that registered after the movie’s over as having been a unique take, or a clever idea, or a way to say something of use. And what was of use about the Mandarin’s portrayal in this movie, to me, is that it offers up a way that you can sort of show how people are complicit in being frightened.

They buy into things in the way that the audience for this movie buys into it. I think that’s a message that’s more interesting for the modern world, because I think there’s a lot of fear that’s generated toward very available and obvious targets, which could perhaps be directed more intelligently at what’s behind them.”

Sounds reasonable. I, frankly, don’t know what all the fuss is about considering that The Mandarin is as much an Asian stereotype as Ming the Merciless, Charlie Chan and Mr. Yunioshi, but I’ll leave it to the Bastard nation to decide: does Black’s explanation satisfy you, or are you still pissed?

Source: Blastr


You like that? It could be yours if you go to the midnight IMAX screening of Iron Man 3 at your local IMAX theater, according to Screen Rant. The poster was designed by comic book artist Jock (The Losers, Hellblazer), and is the latest in 12:01 poster series, which previous has included unique works honoring the release Real Steel, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Frankenweenie.

In other Iron Man 3 new, Marvel Studios head honcho and Iron Man 3 producer Kevin Feige recently talked to the LA Times about Tony Stark’s mind set going into the movie, and where the character’s head is at this point in his story arc. Here’s what Feige had to say:

“He’s experienced things now that frankly was a wake-up call. You don’t have gamma-powered strength that anger can bring about. You don’t have super-soldier serum flowing through your veins. You’re not a thunder god from Asgard. You’re just a guy. And Tony doesn’t necessarily like to be reminded of those kinds of things because he likes to be at the top of the food chain.

“Where we meet Tony, he wants to be in that suit all the time, and he wants a lot of suits around him. And just as we sort of learn that’s his issue, we blow them all up and take him out of that comfort zone.

“We wanted to take Tony to a place that he hadn’t been since the first half of the first ‘Iron Man’ film, which is, essentially, by himself without his money, without his toys, without his gadgets, with just his mind, his intellect. We wanted to do that in a big climactic fashion by literally taking away everything that is near and dear to him, as symbolized in that mansion crumbling down into the Pacific.”

In other Iron Man 3 developments, a new featurette has been released, and it outlines just how Extremis comes into play in the film and how it factors into The Mandarin’s (Ben Kingsley) master plan. Included is commentary by director Shane Black, star Robert Downey Jr., and new head henchman James Badge Dale. Press play below (courtesy of Collider):

Finally, from the people who have more time on their hands than I do (and Geeks Are Sexy), a break down of just how much it costs to be Tony Stark. Enjoy!



Fans are eagerly awaiting Academy Award winning actor Ben Kingsley’s portrayal of Iron Man villain The Mandarin in the upcoming third installment of the Marvel superhero’s film franchise. However, they shouldn’t expect a performance that’s 100% loyal to the source material.

Kingsley recently explained to Total Film that he has not read, nor does he have any intention to read the comics:

“I didn’t have any template to copy. I’m undereducated as far as Marvel comics are concerned, and that can be a good thing, like coming to a Shakespeare play fresh rather than having done it 20 times… [It’s a] human portrayal of evil, on a grand scale. [Mandarin] released demonic layers in me…I did go a little crazy!”

It would appear, then, that the decision to not base his characterization on Marvel canon was made not out of laziness or pride, but out of a sincere desire to come at the character from a fresh perspective, as opposed to merely aping the Mandarin of the comics. We’re looking forward to what Sir Ben came up with come this May.


In other Iron Man news, Terence Howard has revealed why he didn’t reprise his role as Tony Stark’s best friend: Lt. Col. James “Rhodie” Rhodes. Apparently the studio always wanted Don Cheadle, and when they had a shot at getting him, they gave Howard a deal that no self-respecting actor would accept: $1 million for the sequel, instead of the $8 million that was expected.

It sounds like a bit of a dick move, but according to Total Film, Howard took it surprisingly well, and bears the studio no ill will:

“I didn’t know it wasn’t a mutually binding contract; it was only beneficial for them and they could bring me back or not. They can honor it or not. And you know they made a great deal, Don (Cheadle) and Robert (Downey Jr.) they get along well. But the best thing that happened as a result of it, I went back to school and finished and got my doctorate in chemical engineering. And now I have a company where we grow diamonds. That’s going to replace the silicon in computers; that’s going to replace all gemstones. So, if that hadn’t happened, I would never have gone back [to school].”

And finally, here’s the newest IM3 trailer, brought to you by the good people at TCL, who also coincidentally happen to have made all those televisions:

Sources: BlastrTotal Film and Cinemablend



The character posters for director Shane Black‘s Iron Man 3 just keep on rolling with the addition of Sir Ben Kingsley as the evil  arch-enemy of Tony Stark, the Mandarin. So far we’ve gotten to see Don Cheadle as War Machine or Iron Patriot, then Guy Pierce as Aldrich Killian. What other character posters are you looking forward to seeing?


What do you think? I’m excited to see Kingsley’s take on the sinister role of the Mandarin. That villain always has plots hidden in schemes, layered beneath twists and turns of  . . . evilness. Kingsley should bring some added depth to the character, he plays the bad guy character very well and I can’t wait to see him opposite Robert Downey Jr. Those scenes should be intense.

The two have never worked together, but have found a common bond in their individual relationships with director Lord Richard Attenborough. Downey, Jr. worked with and was nominated for an Oscar for portrayal of Chaplin in Attenborough’s  Charlie Chaplin (1992). Kingsley won the Best Actor Oscar for his role as Gandhi in Attenborough’s Gandhi (1982). The two sent Attenborough pictures of their time spent on set. Robert Downey Jr. said:

“We hadn’t worked together so we shared only Lord Attenborough, and yeah, of course, there was a connection. We took some pictures together to send DICkie (Attenborough), which must be the strangest visual for him to see – the two of us playing the bad guy and the good guy. We shot them out in front of a mansion in Miami, it was a magical place, actually.”

Well, are you excited now?

Via: Bleedingcool

Iron Man 3 releases on May 3rd of next year, and when it does it’ll not only be the first non-Jon Favreau directed Iron Man film but it’ll also be the first of the post-Avengers Marvel movie. No pressure, Shane Black.

But if you caught the trailer that released a few weeks back you’ll know what we’ve seen looks not only promising, but freakin’ amazing! Here’s another reason to be excited: recently during a talk in São Paulo, Brazil, Marvel Entertainment International President Simon Philips may have let it slip that Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) would indeed be getting her own suit of armor!

CBM picked up on the story originally reported by Brazilian entertainment site, Omelete. Unfortunately, that story is gone having been replaced with this statement, “information removed at the request of Disney.” Hmm, does that make it even more likely? Possibly. Here’s what CBM was able to grab before the removal,

A transcription of the spoilerific report, via Protocida, reveals that Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) will eventually have an underground Hall of Armors with at least 16 new armors, including a few classic designs from the comics. Simon Philips also revealed, or confirmed, that Virginia Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) will indeed get in on the action, this time by donning her own suit of armor.

At this year’s Comic-Con Favreau and Paltrow had mentioned getting Potts into some armor was something they always wanted to do, and even Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said, “Everyone at this table thinks it would be the coolest thing in the world to see Pepper get in the suit at some point.” Have they made it happen? Will we see Rescue, the name of Pepper’s suited persona, appear in Iron Man 3? I don’t know about you guys but it’s something I really, really want to see. Even for a moment.

And speaking of things we’ll see, as filming for Iron Man 3 wrapped in North Carolina there was a Star News report that included a tiny bit of information about The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and his Ten Rings terrorist group’s plot.

This could be more spoilery than Paltrow possibly suiting up. Proceed with caution.


So nerds, we had a good morning there, didn’t we? That Iron Man 3 trailer was pretty phat, right? Tony dragging his suit across the snow, helicopters blowing up his house, all the Iron Man suits being permanently retired… Anyone out there not stoked? I thought so.

So what do we do for an encore? How about some mega-spoilers?

The source is Marvel Studios stuntman Andrew Lawden who, while talking to Bombad Radio, offered some tantalizing details about key plot points in the upcoming sequels Iron Man 3 and Thor 2: The Dark World.

“Well, there’s going to be a big fight sequence with The Mandarin, who’s the main villain, which will involve none other than forty different iron man suits. There’s an amazing rescue where The Mandarin basically wants to bring down the American government and kill the President, and he launches an attack on Air Force One. All of them – the President and his men and staff – get sucked out of the plane, and Iron Man rescues them by forming this amazing human chain in the sky.

“There’s some pretty spectacular stuff that goes on. There’s an amazing sequence where he has this rooftop house that he builds to store all his Iron Man suits, and it gets attacked by The Mandarin and these gunships […] I was shocked to discover there are like forty Iron Man suits written into this feature in various ways…so that’s going to be pretty impressive. But apparently he needs this Iron Man army to go up against The Mandarin’s forces.”

I don’t know, that sounds kind of silly. I might give director Shane Black the credit and say if anyone can pull it off, he can, but I don’t know. An army of Iron Mans? Sounds like they’re taking the same tact that the previous two Iron Man movies took with another bad guy corrupting Tony Stark’s genius. So are these spoilers bunk? Actually, I’m kind of hoping not.
The reason? Lawden’s spoilers about Thor: The Dark World, which paint a fairly compelling, intricate and even dark vision for the next solo adventure of the God of Thunder. Warning, some real, genuine, major spoilers may be ahead:

“Thor becomes reunited with Jane who becomes possessed by a Dark Spirit, which is connected with the Dark Elves; a race the Asgardians have fallen out with many years beforehand […] The Dark Elves attack Asgard, and they take a huge hit. So Thor has to rebuild Asgard by putting together an army to go and take the battle to the Dark Elves and defeat them. But the only way he can do this is – he needs to cross over to the Dark World, and the only person who has access to the dark side of Asgard is his old brother Loki, who at the beginning of the film is locked up in prison.

So what happens is Thor basically has to negotiate this truce with Loki, and he goes on this great trek with Jane, all three of them. They go to this far side of Asgard, which is being shot in Iceland, where they train and assemble an army to go and attack the Dark Elves’ world.

“But the exclusive twist…is that one of the things that happens during the Asgardian attack is that Thor’s mother gets killed. So it becomes like a vengeance thing. And they were keeping very tight-lipped about what actually happens with Loki, you don’t know whether he redeems himself or he’s still the bad egg.”

Sounds good to me. But we’ll have to wait and see in 2013 if Lawden knows of what he speaks.
Sound off with your opinions below.
Source: Comic Book Movie

Consider this Iron Man week.

Yesterday, Marvel Studios released a teaser of their Iron Man 3 trailer, which is  hitting the net tomorrow. Earlier today, some screen shots and new poster were released. And now… we have our first look at Ben Kingsley as the villainous Mandarin (above).

In the comics, and other IM lore, the Mandarin is a wacky Asian with an evil set of rings. According to the Iron Man 3 synopsis: “Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible.”

Now I know some are still up in arms about casting Kingsley in the role of the Chinese born super-villain, but I’m happy that they got such a solid actor. What do you think? Did Marvel do us all wrong by whitewashing Mandarin and also, Gandhi vs. Iron Man. Who ya got?

Source: EW

Shooting on Iron Man 3 is currently underway in North Carolina and some new info about the villain structure in the film.

As we already know, Sir Ben Kingsley has already signed on the bottom line to be a villain, and he will be backed up, or will be baking up, Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian, a piece of casting that’s behind the supposition that Iron Man 3 is an adaptation of the “Extremis” storyline. We also know that James Badge Dale has been cast as Coldblood-7, a cyborg who maybe a henchman of sorts in this film.

The question remains though, will Kingsley be playing The Mandarin in Iron Man 3? posed the question to some people in the ground in Wilmington, NC:

While talking to some Wilmington locals, we had one source involved with the production tell us that Mandarin was definitely the villain. He said Mandarin had a set of twins that did most of his dirty work for him. Another source who had visited EUE/Screen Gems Studios told us that the sets they were building included Chinese storefronts.

Latino Review also seems to be onboard with that from their sources. They do add though that The Mandarin’s role won’t be huge, and they also talk about the role of Coldblood-7 and the other minor villain, Firepower:

Here’s what we can CONFIRM as true (and not from some guy working security on an off-lot shoot): The Mandarin (as played by Ben Kingsley) is a villain in the ‘Iron Man 3,’ but he’s more a veiled threat as a silent partner to Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian. Killian is the man inventing Extremis and putting it into his “Extremis army” of multiple super-powered individuals.

Still no word on exactly how many Extremis soldiers we’ll see, but I’m sticking to my theory that the Coldblood-7 and Firepower casting will not be traditional comics versions of those characters, but instead names they’ve given to Extremis soldiers.

Sounds good. If these rumors are to be believed it sounds like Shane Black has things well in hand for this film.

Directed by Shane Black and starring Robery Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall and James Badge Dale, Iron Man 3 is set to hit theaters May 3rd, 2013.

Source: Geek Tyrant