Iron Man 3‘s Mandarin Revealed, His Origins Explained

Update: The trailer is here!

We’ll have the shiny full trailer by tomorrow, but for now, we’ve got some tantalizing new tidbits from producer Kevin Feige on Iron Man 3, including the lowdown on Tony Stark’s new nemesis, the Mandarin.

It has been know for some time that Ben Kingsley would be taking on the role of The Mandarin, which might have confused some fans, since the nation of origin for the character in the comics was China. It looks as though the Mandarin’s origins are being tweaked to fit the film universe, and his role is far more sinister than we might have guessed. Rather than receiving ten rings of power from an alien source, it would seem that the Mandarin is a part of (or, more likely, the head of) the Ten Rings terrorist organization – which has been part of the Iron Man movie mythos from day one and who are best known as the guys who kidnapped Tony Stark in Afghanistan and gave him a reason to become the armored superhero we all know and love.

As a result, the Mandarin’s title is, according to Feige, “less about his specific ethnicity than the symbolism of various cultures and iconography that he perverts for his own end.” Very interesting.

Iron Man 3's Mandarin Revealed, His Origins Explained

Some pictures have been released, giving us an indication of what’s to come for our favorite Marvel genius, and it’s clear that while his pad is going to get trashed, his love for Ms. Potts is still going strong. We’ll get to see Stark without his toys, and watch him build himself from the ground up. Take a look at the teaser trailer before tomorrow’s full length trailer hits the web!

And here’s the full trailer!

Stubby the Rocket is the mascot. Stubby would like Tony Stark to design Stubby armor. Red is fine.


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