Sounds Like Iron Man Won’t be Fighting the Mandarin Anytime Soon…


The Mandarin Comic BookIf you’re wondering if billionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark aka Iron Man will ever battle the evil machinations of his greatest enemy The Mandarin anytime soon, you can probably stop wondering now. He definitely won’t be fighting the Chinese villain in “Iron Man 3″, that’s for sure, especially with this news that Marvel has partnered up with Chinese-based company DMG to fund the sequel.

The Walt Disney Company China, Marvel Studios and DMG Entertainment today announced the intention to co-produce IRON MAN 3 in China. Under the arrangement, DMG Entertainment will make an investment in the production of IRON MAN 3, manage the Chinese co-production process, and jointly produce the film in China. The Chinese portion of IRON MAN 3’s production will run through DMG Entertainment in coordination with Marvel Studios’ production and creative teams. DMG will also distribute IRON MAN 3 in China in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company China.

“The popularity of the Marvel franchise globally creates a huge opportunity to deliver fans yet another action packed film,” said Stanley Cheung, Managing Director, The Walt Disney Company, Greater China. “The co-production of IRON MAN 3 in China is testimony to the importance of this audience to Disney and the local industry capability to deliver a blockbuster title,” he added.

“We look forward to working alongside DMG to bring IRON MAN to the Chinese marketplace in a significant way. We are confident that Marvel’s stories will continue to be enjoyed by Chinese audiences, and adding a local flavor, and working with our new local partner, will enhance the appeal and relevance of our characters in China’s fast-growing film marketplace” said Rob Steffens, General Manager of Operations and Finance for Marvel Studios

In case you’re wondering why Chinese money and guaranteed more Chinese theater screenings for “Iron Man 3″ means no Mandarin in the “Iron Man” franchise, it’s a pretty simple explanation: the Chinese vet every movie that runs in their country, and any movie where the Chinese are portrayed as bad guys are no-gos. (See: the recent “Red Dawn” remake fiasco.) Then again, the Mandarin is supposed to be half-English, so…

The Mandarin, of course, was hinted at in the first “Iron Man” movie, as the Ten Rings terrorist organization that kidnapped ol Tony Stark and led to him becoming Iron Man in the first place. This, though, would seem to jive with previous reports that Ben Kingsley was in talks to play the villain in “Iron Man 3″, and that it would not be The Mandarin.

Written and directed by Shane Black, “Iron Man 3″ is scheduled to boot-jet its way back into theaters in May 3, 2013, with shooting expected this Summer in the States and China once Robert Downey Jr. and company have wrapped the worldwide promotional junket for “The Avengers”, which will feature ol Shellhead as one of the main heroes. (And yes, the irony that there will be no Mandarin for a film that’s being partially shot in China does not escape me one bit.)

The Mandarin and Iron Man Comic Book

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  • Dedpool

    Nah if anything this should be them saying “look if you’re going to make a Chinese Baddie, do it right!” I mean hell they could go full on Chinese culture, with him being a decendant of Ghengis Khan and etc. Doubtful but hey!

    • Nix

      Um, no.

      • Dedpool

        I did say doubtful. I’m not completely oblivious you know…that’s just an act!

        • Nix


  • justjoe

    Maybe they turn him into a korean (like the producers change of their “Red Daw”-villains)?

  • Dominique Hatcher

    I think The Mandarin will show up in SOME SHAPE OR FORM……kinda like how they merged Whiplash and the Crimson Dynamo for Mickey Rourke’s character; I see them creating a villain sort of to be like the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s answer for the comic book Mandarin. Ben Kingsley could totally pass for a half-Chinese/half-English villain……

    • Dedpool

      Indeed. I’d rather them go with Cary Hiroyoki Tagawa, or Sho Kosugi or Ken Watanabe.

    • Nix

      China would never allow in a million years an obviously Chinese villain (with such an obviously Chinese name) in a movie they’re co-funding/allowing to shoot in their country. The only way around that is to call him something else and not make him obviously Chinese.

      • LionHeart

        Indeed. Frankly, they’re best chance is to just turn the Mandarian Japanese. >_>

        • schnydz

          Yep, the Chinese would see that movie.

          • Dedpool

            And endorse the crap out of it!!

  • M@rvel

    Cool… so Ironman’s only real villain is totally out of the picture…. now we’re left with more robots for him to battle….sooo original…..

    • Dedpool

      Or a giant Alien Dragon

      • M@rvel

        That’d be nice, doesn’t seem likely though.

      • Juggernaut

        I’m really interested to see what that giant robotic creature that’s chasing Ironman in the trailer turns out to be. Midgard Serpeant? Fing Fang Foom? new monster?
        An actual physical manifestation of Mandarin was unlikely because of the tone and allusions to the character’s signatures in the first film. This news just cements that for me. Plus Kingsley is involved as the villain which doesn’t seem very likely for Mandarin to me. Hopefully we’ll get a cool villain, Mandarin or not.

        • M@rvel

          I don’t know the extremis story very well, but I was watching Iron Man 1 last night and it made me think that the ten rings are gonna come back for revenge. The Leader of the Ten Ring’s last words in the movie to obadiah were “I hope you will reward me with the gift of iron soldiers.” So maybe he will be back with the extremis technology in the 3rd movie.

          • Dedpool

            I could see that. Extremis almost kills him earlier when he’s subjected to it by enemies. Armor Wars meets Extremis maybe.

        • W.A.S

          I’m thinking it’s just a ship for the aliens because the scenes with the aliens jumping onto the building it looks like they are jumping off of one.

          • Dedpool

            Yeah I’m thinking the same thing.

        • Dedpool

          Kingsley is definitely cool. I was thinking Living Laser maybe, Or maybe Kingsley’s character creates Ultimo? Or Maybe the Ghost.