A Mandarin Update From Iron Man 3

by on October 24, 2012

in Entertainment

The Iron Man 3 trailer is out.  Fans are agog.  For a trailer, it builds much anticipation for Iron Man 3, as it appears to take the snarky Tony Stark and moves him into the haunted man realm.  Many folks are saying this is going down the Dark Knight route of being of dark tones, but to be honest, this is going down the path the print edition of the Iron Man franchise has gone.

Stark has had his demons (in a bottle), his fears (of failing) and his concerns (of his tech in the wrong hands).  If you pull this all together, you get someone who can’t sleep.

Or you get the voice-over by Robert Downey Jr, as Tony Stark, saying in the trailer:

“I have a lot of apologies to make.

Nothing’s been the same since New York.

You experience things, and then they’re over.

I can’t sleep.  And when I do, I have nightmares.

Honestly, there’s a hundred people that want to kill me.

I hope I can protect the one thing I can’t live without.”

Who is The Mandarin in Iron Man 3, played by Ben Kingsley

And whether these fears are realized by themselves, or The Mandarin shows up and creates the leverage to make these fears even more concrete in the man known as Tony Stark, we’ll find out when the movie comes out.

From the Trailer, The Mandarin (I, we, are all presuming) voice-over:

“Ladies, children, sheep;

Some people call me a terrorist, I consider myself a teacher.

Lesson Numburrr one: Heroes, there is no such thing.”

(Numburrr: I’m trying to spell the word the way it sounds in the trailer.)

But there’s one thing I was very concerned about and that was the power of The Mandarin’s rings.

In the comic franchise, those rings had a huge array of powers…  but per Kevin Feige, the rings in the movie won’t be the same, science/magical rings from the comic.

In fact, the origin of this Iron Man 3 Mandarin will have a different back story than what we’ve come to know.

“Don’t expect aliens.”

Hmm… well then, that’s good.  I hated the potential advantage these rings gave The Mandarin.

And it makes sense.  As is the case with most of the bad guys that we’ve been presented with in the Iron Man movie franchise, the fantastical seems to find itself removed from the characters and they have more grounded origins or backing.

Which is part of the fun, as Marvel attaches the mythical and fantastic to a more grounded perspective of the inventory of their characters that movie fans can wrap their minds around.

Iron Man 3 comes out in May of 2013.

[nerdreactor]

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