Through the kid, Tony realises that it isn’t the suits that make him Iron Man; HE is Iron Man. In one of the scenes, we hear Aldrich Killian say, “Boss is about to record… Well, you know how he gets.”. Share; Tweet; 0. Again, Kingsley is just spitballing here - don't expect to see him return to Marvel films until otherwise noted - but as far as spitballs go, this is a pretty good one. It is the sequel to Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010), and the seventh film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The Tony Stark we get from Iron Man through The Avengers is interesting. It did not stand up to the expectations on box office. It would mark the first time I left a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie feeling THAT disappointed — even Iron Man 2 didn’t have that effect on me. He spends half of his time convincing anyone who would listen to watch Star Wars, and the other half trying to figure out why people consider White Chicks to be a good film. 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However, it is a movie that doesn’t necessarily stick its landing. I'll invent this actor, and he will be my mask.' Iron Man 3 provides popcorn with a twist. Leader of the terrorist organization Ten Rings. Besides the wit in Shane Black’s writing, The Mandarin twist not only reinforces one of the themes in the movie — identity — it also sticks to the personal story that Black is trying to tell. But here’s the thing with special films, they tend to be very polarizing *cough* The Last Jedi *cough*. In reality, we got a buffoon named Trevor Slattery in one of the most annoying rug-pulls in the history of cinema. Iron Man 3 offers some of the best romantic dramas in all of comic book movies. He is the classic antagonist. So everyone might say, 'Is it Trev under there?' A one-stop shop for all things video games. Smells Like Infinite Sadness A 40-something's musings on the current state of music, film and pop culture. Bachelorette: Is Clare Crawley Already Tired Of Her Fiance, Dale Moss. It is a very good movie. Shane Black. Who's pulling the strings. Its threatening uber-terrorist Other, the very theatrical Mandarin, is a fake. Cut to winter 2014, and All Hail the King asserts that there is a real Mandarin out there in the world, and he's pretty cheesed at poor Trevor, who has spent the intervening period between Iron Man 3 and the one-shot luxuriating in the slammer. A front, for a military-industrial complex player with an agenda to cover up trouble with his glitchy tech, create a lot more chaos in the world, and take advantage of … Well, now we deal with the aftermath. Throughout the film, I couldn’t help but think back to Tony’s strong words to Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming: “If you’re nothing without the suit, then you shouldn’t have it.”, Speaking from experience, maybe? The Aldrich Killian/Trevor Slattery act was never the real Mandarin nor was it meant to seem that way. The Mandarin is mentioned in Iron Man 3, where Aldrich Killian hired a drunken actor named Trevor Slattery to impersonate the Mandarin as part of Killian's true plan of using Extremis experiments as purposeful attacks on the U.S. government. Mandarin was long rumored to be the big bad of a first Iron Man film, though the MCU only referenced him via the Ten Rings terrorist organization. An impostor and actor of the Mandarin played by Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley, respectively, featured in the 2013 Marvel Cinematic Universe film Iron Man 3, with a "real Mandarin" revealed to exist in the short film All Hail the King; the aforementioned "real Mandarin" is set to appear in the upcoming film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), where he will be portrayed by Tony Leung Chiu-wai. The problem isn’t the twist itself, it’s what we get after that’s slightly underwhelming. The Mandarin Will Be In Iron Man 3 By Matt Joseph @wgtc_site 9 years ago As many suspected, The Mandarin will be one of the villains in Marvel’s upcoming Iron Man 3 . He’s right. After all, he takes the glorious Iron Man suit and turns into something terribly uncool. More of that wouldn't be a bad thing. They’re first seen in “Iron Man” as the group that kidnaps Tony Stark. Believe it or not, my thoughts have changed drastically. The "Enter the Mandarin" arc, where Iron Man clashes with the Mandarin. Killian can be seen as the real Mandarin in the film, as he explained the fake actor was just a mask Killian can hide behind. It would also enrich the MCU by giving Kingsley another opportunity to do what he did so well in Iron Man 3: play two sides of the coin, the bumbling, hapless Trevor and the sonorous, menacing Mandarin. However, Marvel is set to finally introduce the 'real' Mandarin in the MCU in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, played by Tony Leung. Upon my latest rewatch, though, I found myself enjoying the twist. A troll. The Mandarin himself first appeared in 2013's Iron Man 3, played by Sir Ben Kingsley. If you've seen the film, you already know why. However, the film revealed that character to be nothing more … If you haven't, well, you've probably tangentially gained knowledge on the fracas through the magic of pop culture osmosis. Now, had there not been a twist, this movie would have been much cooler. In Iron Man 3 Ben Kingsley portrays “the Mandarin”. His name was an ancient Chinese war mantle, meaning \"advisor to the King\". Loads of it. But it is one that is just mentioned in passing without further exploration (Rian Johnson gets it right in The Last Jedi). 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Everybody straight up buys Trevor's story without much fuss; it would be the perfect cover. If there's a real Mandarin biding his time in the MCU, why not have him be Trevor? He also writes for Movie Mezzanine, In Review Online, and Paste Magazine. Just like in The Sixth Sense there are clues laid out in front of you in plain sight, but as they say, the closer you look, the less you’ll see. I remember feeling the chills run up my spine when we’re first introduced to the terrorist named The Mandarin via cryptic messages. If the adaptive elements of the film didn't work for some, perhaps everyone can still agree that Kingsley turned out a great performance. Tony suffers from anxiety, something a suave, braggadocious guy like himself isn’t used to. (On that note, for anybody who has yet to watch the film, be warned of spoilers ahead.) The go-to source for comic book and superhero movie fans. Die” — to the point where the studio had to release a short film as a retcon apology. Now, this is me just free-thinking here, but I would love to revisit that world. Instead of Iron Man 3 being about the actual Ten Rings organization and their mysterious leader, it was about the Advanced Idea Mechanics (A.I.M.) The true villain of the movie was Tony's past self and the destruction he sowed as a weapons manufacturing playboy. Only instead of guns, it’s his suit, which he has upgraded to the point where it interlinks with himself. Even as early as six months back, screenwriter Drew Pearce had a few things to say about the matter of washed up British actor Trevor Slattery's actual identity; his comments were timed with the release of Thor: The Dark World on VOD and home video, and the Slattery focused one-shot All Hail the King along with it. He has ten rings worn on each finger each of which has a specific power. So naturally, Iron Man 3 made waves with the announcement that The Mandarin would finally appear. Maybe. Seems that the topic has stuck with Kingsley, too, and not just his creative cohorts and disgruntled fans. The Mandarin in Iron Man 3 is a pale reflection of the "real" Mandarin, a figure of ancient and terrible power. Or The Mandarin will lose his sh*t and come after you!” Upon my latest rewatch, I realised the subtle sarcasm and annoyance in Guy Pearce’s tone. But I would argue that Kevin Feige’s willingness to take risks, experiment and allow auteurs to be well, auteurs, started a year before we teared up watching a motormouth racoon and a walking tree with horrible vocabulary, with Shane Black’s avant-garde Iron Man threequel. For all the interesting themes that Black sets up, the film suffers the same problem as Wonder Woman: It just ends in an explosion fest. Except now we're being treated to the notion that perhaps Trevor really is The Mandarin after all, which makes his would-be rescuer in All Hail the King look like kind of a dunce. But Trev, bless him, may have made an indelible mark on that world. Insert The Mandarin. When Tony controls his suit remotely and saves everybody onboard the plane in a badass sequence, the suit is immediately hit by an oncoming truck and played off as comedy. After living through a near-fatal incident in the Battle of New York, Tony feels helpless and small — “Gods, aliens and other dimensions. Iron Man 3 is a damn good movie, one that is refreshing and goes against the grain. He says he wants to sell weapons to both sides? Last year, Shane Black kicked the hornet's nest with his contribution to the Marvel Cinematic Universe; Iron Man 3 might be the studio's second highest grossing release to date (right behind The Avengers), but to this day it's easily the most controversial. The only reason it was made, he added, was to apologize to angry fans. Over the years, I’ve grown to appreciate and love Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 for its unique vision. Except, the very next scene, Tony almost kills her in his sleep. In frightening broadcasts this “Mandarin” proclaims he is setting off bombs around the world to teach America. This Shane Black flick is a TONY STARK movie more than it is an Iron Man movie, and after the extravaganza that is The Avengers, this is a much-needed switch in gear. His organization destroys Tony stark's home after a televised threat from him. Boston-based critic Andy Crump has been writing about film for the web since 2009, and has been a Screen Rant contributor since Spring 2013. We don’t spend enough time with him to fully understand his motives. The Mandarin plot twist left a sour taste in my mouth, as it did a lot of fans. Keeping in mind that Kingsley is speaking solely for himself and not as a mouthpiece for Marvel, this isn't exactly the worst solution for mollifying comic diehards without completely disrespecting Black's work on Iron Man 3. 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