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Meet The Mandarin
A quick intro to Tony Stark’s big enemy in Iron Man 3

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5. ULTIMATE FOE
In the Ultimate Marvel Universe, the Mandarin remains something of a mystery,  shown kidnapping James Rhodes and being thwarted by Tony Stark and the Iron Man armour. But he’s also been shown more recently as working with Sin-Cong revolutionary Wong Chu, who abducts Chinese genius Ho Yinsen and Tony Stark. Yinsen sacrifices his life to help Tony escape using the first Iron Man armour. Sound familiar?

6. TERROR TIME
While the Mandarin does not appear directly in the first cinematic Iron Man outing, his influence is felt. Stark is kidnapped by a terrorist group called the Ten Rings, and helped to escape by Yinsen (played by Shaun Toub and Afghani rather than Chinese here). The group is known to be working with The Mandarin. The villainous head honcho was set to feature directly in an older version of the film, developed in 2004 by New Line, with writers including Alfred Gough and Miles Millar making him an Indonesian terrorist.

7. FAVREAU'S VIEW
Like those earlier drafts, Jon Favreau’s take on Iron Man for Marvel Studios had originally tried to incorporate the Mandarin. But Favreau felt the character was too fantastical for his more down-to-earth take. "I looked at the Mandarin more like how in Star Wars you had the Emperor, but Darth Vader is the guy you want to see fight. Then you work your way to the time when lightning bolts are shooting out of the fingers and all that stuff could happen. But you can’t have all that in Star Wars to start with.” Post-Avengers and in a world where Thor exists, the Mandarin must now seem like less of a stretch.

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1 RE: Hollywood racism?
L: paulbarberella Don't be pathetic. Denzel Washington played a part originally played by Frank Sinatra in The Manchurian Candidate. Charlton Heston in The Omega Man was replaced by Will Smith in I Am Legend. And the late, great Michael Clarke Duncan played Kingpin in Daredevil who in the comics is a caucasian.? Those casting decisions are not less racist in any way. chip off your shoulder and know your facts and stop jumping on the race thing.et me started on hobbits and dwarves on those stupid Tolkien movies. For years - for DECADES - every short actor in the world had waited the serious adaptations of LOTR and The Hobbit, so they'd finaly had the chance to play something good in serious roles. And then what happened? Hollywood decided to cast norman sized actors on those roles which is just as insulting as use white actors with painted faces in black roles back in the silent era. More

Posted by Pelle on Tuesday November 6, 2012, 20:14

2 Hollywood racism?
Don't be pathetic. Denzel Washington played a part originally played by Frank Sinatra in The Manchurian Candidate. Charlton Heston in The Omega Man was replaced by Will Smith in I Am Legend. And the late, great Michael Clarke Duncan played Kingpin in Daredevil who in the comics is a caucasian. Get the chip off your shoulder and know your facts and stop jumping on the race thing. Ben Kingsley is a fantastic actor and he will bring massive gravitas to this role. More

Posted by paulbarberella on Thursday November 1, 2012, 16:01

3 Pelle...
1) Ben Kingsley, real name Krishna Pandit Bhanji, is half Indian. 2) They're specifically stated that he's not Chinese in the movie. So why would they cast a Chinese actor? It's not a direct adaptation of the comic. Jarvis is a computerised voice in the movies, for pete's sake! More

Posted by loafroaster on Thursday November 1, 2012, 15:37

4 Pure racism
Perfect example of Hollywood racism to cast white englishman as chinese. I want Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Leung or even Jackie Chan to play the part that was meant for they peolpe! More

Posted by Pelle on Wednesday October 31, 2012, 12:22

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...Bob Genghis Khan,.. More

Posted by Rorcharch on Tuesday October 30, 2012, 13:40

6 Bill & Ted
Will Bill & Ted's Genghis Khan make a cameo?? More

Posted by Teddy Bear on Monday October 29, 2012, 22:23


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