With Iron Man 3 coming up, there’s quite a bit of noise going on about the new trailer that came out on Tuesday (10-23-12).
The movie trailer for Iron Man 3 brought a lot of interest up for The Mandarin and who he might be. But before we delve into The Mandarin, let’s take a quick look at Iron Man. (There may be light spoilers ahead. It wasn’t my intention, but if you’re worried about knowing things that might possibly be in the movie, [though I doubt it], well, you’ve been warned.)
Who Is Iron Man?
Just in case you didn’t catch the first two movies or the comic franchise, Marvel’s Iron Man character first showed up in
“the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968.”
Iron Man is Tony Stark, a billionaire playboy & industrialist who found himself kidnapped and injured. The injury lodged metal shrapnel around his heart and Tony built/designed the armor to help keep the shrapnel away from his heart and as a means of escape from his captors.
The armor started out as a magnetic chest piece to help stave off the shrapnel, and later he builds the armor based around the chest piece.
The original armor is pretty bulky and as time goes on, Tony Stark constantly improves on the technology of the armor. And it’s one cool piece of equipment as Tony continually adapts and improves on it.
Who is the Mandarin?
Where doe the Mandarin hail from? In my youth he was one of my least liked bad guys who faced off against Iron Man, and they kept running into each other. The two were the antithesis of enemies.
The Mandarin, in comic lore, is a descendant of Genghis Khan, he was born before the Communist revolution in China. His parents died when he was very young and his angry, bitter aunt raised him, distilling her attitudes upon the young man.
The family money was spent on training him in science and fighting and when he became a man, he had no money and the government took his ancestral home.
Seeking revenge for this deed, he ventured into a forbidden region and found the remains of a spaceship. He spent many years studying it and its science, and it’s here, that he found the TEN RINGS. The rings are a source of power that had powered the spaceship. And the science he learned, allowed him to manipulate the powers of teleportation.
He’s an industrialist man, using technology to his advantage, and the rings help him do that as he’s attempted to use people’s technology against themselves.
A most fascinating perspective of The Mandarin’s history is when he attempts to infiltrate the U.S. Government. It’s during this time that he manipulates Maya Hansen, the scientist who created the Extremis armor, to do his bidding for using the Extremis tech in an evil fashion.
At some other point, (or the same time frame, I’m not sure) The Mandarin also attempted to commit acts of terrorism around the world, intended to discredit Iron Man in the process. This causes the military to force Stark to relinquish his armor, to some degree. (Hmm.)
The Mandarin’s life-long martial arts training has allowed him to develop in such a fashion that he can go toe-to-toe with Iron Man. Pair that up with his genius grasp of science and technology and Tony Stark has quite the adversary.
Those rings, are also a force to be reckoned with.
Each one has a specific power… ice blast, psionic instensifier, electric blast, flame blast, white light, black light, disintegration beam, vortex beam, impact beam and matter rearrangement!
Nothing to be taken lightly!
UPDATE: I just caught a piece where it’s said that The Mandarin will have a different origin from the comics and his rings won’t be quite the same either. That’s very good news… I hope!
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