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Gotta admit, I didn’t think Marvel would actually put The Mandarin in as ol Shellhead’s latest nemesis in “Iron Man 3″, especially given the film’s hefty Chinese Government backing. Then again, it’s not like Ben Kingsley looks all that, you know, Chinese, if this first official pic of Kingsley in full costume as bad guy The Mandarin (above) is any indication. I suppose they could turn the Mandarin into more of a poser, a wannabe who usurps the Chinese identity or some such. Anyways, below you can also check out a new teaser poster for “Iron Man 3″ (via Facebook).
Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
Besides Kingsley as the bad guy, “Iron Man 3″ stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, James Dale Badge, Jon Favreau, and Ashley Hamilton.
Shane Black directs the film, which hits screens May 3, 2013.
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