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Guess who will be playing the villain in Iron Man 3...

Apr. 9, 2012by: Niki Stephens

Prepare yourself for some pretty awesome news.

It was hinted before that the Mandarin would be the main villain for IRON MAN 3 back when Jon Favreau was still slated to direct. This is what he said about the baddie back in 2010, "You have to do The Mandarin," he said. "The problem with The Mandarin is, the way it's depicted in the comic books, you don't want to see that. He also has 10 magical rings, and it just doesn't feel right for our thing, so it's either tech-based or the rings are not really rings."

Well, the downside is that it looks like they won't be using the Mandarin. The good news is that Sir Ben Kinglsey is in final talks to take on the villainous role. Apparently Kinglsey's character would be, "involved in the spread of a virus through nanobots, given that "Iron Man 3" is loosely based on Warren Ellis' six-issue "Extremis" comicbook series first published in 2005. That arc -- which also heavily influenced the first "Iron Man" pic -- introduced a new origin story and focused heavily on nanotechnology."

I always saw the "Extremis" comic at the library, but never picked it up. Warren Ellis is a damn good writer in my book so I'm sure it was a pretty interesting storyline. Despite the Mandarin not getting his time to shine, I think writer/director Shane Black will have something good for us. Production on IRON MAN 3 starts in May.

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Extra Tidbit: Maybe it's a government created killer nanorobot infection...
Source: Variety

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2:46PM on 04/10/2012
The idea of Iron Man fighting a scientist spreading a virus using nanobots sounds really, really, uninteresting. I hope there's more to it than that.
The idea of Iron Man fighting a scientist spreading a virus using nanobots sounds really, really, uninteresting. I hope there's more to it than that.
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2:00PM on 04/10/2012
sorry.
sorry.
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1:59PM on 04/10/2012
Is it just me or does anyone else see Volture when they look at Kinsley? Anyways, I think Mandarin would of been a better choice. Or they could of added Ultron since they wont be using him for Avengers.
Is it just me or does anyone else see Volture when they look at Kinsley? Anyways, I think Mandarin would of been a better choice. Or they could of added Ultron since they wont be using him for Avengers.
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11:23AM on 04/10/2012

Ben Kingsley can be Great.

Make him a bit different type of supervillain than the last two (Iron Mongar & Whiplash). Don't get me wrong, I loved the films, but both of them ended with a similiar "Man in metal suit" versus "Man in metal suit" type situations. Maybe Kingsley can have actual superpowers or something other than a modified Iron Man suit, so that this film can have a totally different end goal in the 3rd act or something like that.

Anyway, I really hope Kingsley will get cast THIS TIME as the Vulture in the
Make him a bit different type of supervillain than the last two (Iron Mongar & Whiplash). Don't get me wrong, I loved the films, but both of them ended with a similiar "Man in metal suit" versus "Man in metal suit" type situations. Maybe Kingsley can have actual superpowers or something other than a modified Iron Man suit, so that this film can have a totally different end goal in the 3rd act or something like that.

Anyway, I really hope Kingsley will get cast THIS TIME as the Vulture in the Spider-Man reboot sequels.
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8:52AM on 04/10/2012

More than one villain

We know how Marvel loves to throw in more than one threat. I am hyped for BK to be one of them, but I really think he will be the Justin Hammer of this movie. I am sure they will announce down the road who will be playing a villain who Iron Man can fight without knocking out with one of his farts.

Edit: On second thought, the second villain will 100% be Mallen. I totally blanked on his name for a while. But Ben Kingsley will not be playing him. For those who don't know Mallen, he was
We know how Marvel loves to throw in more than one threat. I am hyped for BK to be one of them, but I really think he will be the Justin Hammer of this movie. I am sure they will announce down the road who will be playing a villain who Iron Man can fight without knocking out with one of his farts.

Edit: On second thought, the second villain will 100% be Mallen. I totally blanked on his name for a while. But Ben Kingsley will not be playing him. For those who don't know Mallen, he was introduced during Extremis. He was injected with the extremis drug and it affected him as if he took the super soldier serum. So this is going to be like IronMan vs Capt. A...
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6:40AM on 04/10/2012
He is a great actor for sure, but isnt this kind of a let down?
A I want Mandarin. I dont care if they cant figure out to work it, the comics figured it out didnt they. Thats what these writers get paid for!
B I want Iron Man to have a challenge. He is a guy in a armoured suit! Shouldnt he be FIGHTING some actual threats like another big guy maybe Titanium Man or something?
Even though I collect comics I never read Extremis, so maybe there is a big guy to fight in it, but if
He is a great actor for sure, but isnt this kind of a let down?
A I want Mandarin. I dont care if they cant figure out to work it, the comics figured it out didnt they. Thats what these writers get paid for!
B I want Iron Man to have a challenge. He is a guy in a armoured suit! Shouldnt he be FIGHTING some actual threats like another big guy maybe Titanium Man or something?
Even though I collect comics I never read Extremis, so maybe there is a big guy to fight in it, but if so, who is he and will he be in the movie?
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8:04AM on 04/10/2012
Mandarin is what happens when writers get lazy and have a looming deadline.
Titanium Man was already dealt with in the last movie though not mentioned by name for whatever reason.
Mandarin is what happens when writers get lazy and have a looming deadline.
Titanium Man was already dealt with in the last movie though not mentioned by name for whatever reason.
8:30AM on 04/10/2012
They changed Hulk from Grey to Green because of the printing quality of grey wasn’t consistent.
Who cares why Mandarin was created, that fact of the matter is, is that he is a major Iron Man villain.
Also, unless Titanium Man fights in armor against Iron Man, he wasnt in it. I think in Extremis he fights
some kind of robot, which is good, but I want to see Mandarin.
They changed Hulk from Grey to Green because of the printing quality of grey wasn’t consistent.
Who cares why Mandarin was created, that fact of the matter is, is that he is a major Iron Man villain.
Also, unless Titanium Man fights in armor against Iron Man, he wasnt in it. I think in Extremis he fights
some kind of robot, which is good, but I want to see Mandarin.
11:01AM on 04/10/2012
"I want Mandarin. I don’t care if they cant figure out to work it" and "Who cares why Mandarin was created"

damn, you're impossible. Are you sure you care about this character?
"I want Mandarin. I don’t care if they cant figure out to work it" and "Who cares why Mandarin was created"

damn, you're impossible. Are you sure you care about this character?
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5:22AM on 04/10/2012

If you have a superhero, you have to have a supervillain!

I'm a big fan of Iron Man and Shane Black, but nanobots never excited me on film...
I picture it like Superman 1, when Supes was trying to stop an earthquake that a powerless (yet great) villain caused. It's all good but we need someone or something besides for Iron Man to fight with, don't we?
I'm a big fan of Iron Man and Shane Black, but nanobots never excited me on film...
I picture it like Superman 1, when Supes was trying to stop an earthquake that a powerless (yet great) villain caused. It's all good but we need someone or something besides for Iron Man to fight with, don't we?
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6:35AM on 04/10/2012
Finally someone says it. Gawd, these realistic human villains suck. I want someone to give Iron Man a challenge! Like Zod vs Superman. It's like when the X-men fought Stryker - ok, how about Mister Sinister or Apocalypse instead of some regular human villain.
Finally someone says it. Gawd, these realistic human villains suck. I want someone to give Iron Man a challenge! Like Zod vs Superman. It's like when the X-men fought Stryker - ok, how about Mister Sinister or Apocalypse instead of some regular human villain.
3:58PM on 04/10/2012
yes as if a billionaire who built his own flying suit with weapons is realistic enough already. Studios need to realize not every comic film can be like Batman, who is not really a superhero to begin with. Of course they never will figure that out, but even Batman had some over the top villains.
yes as if a billionaire who built his own flying suit with weapons is realistic enough already. Studios need to realize not every comic film can be like Batman, who is not really a superhero to begin with. Of course they never will figure that out, but even Batman had some over the top villains.
4:50AM on 04/10/2012

Niki...

You should definitely pick up Extremis !
You should definitely pick up Extremis !
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4:03AM on 04/10/2012
Holy Shit Ben Kingsley!!! Would have to be playing Mandarin then right?
Holy Shit Ben Kingsley!!! Would have to be playing Mandarin then right?
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2:44AM on 04/10/2012
awesome news if it happens! Kingsley is a great actor!!
awesome news if it happens! Kingsley is a great actor!!
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2:22AM on 04/10/2012
Why does it have to be tech based? Thor and Asgard aren't, and it would be nice to see iron man FINALLY fight something that isn't a rip off of his own suit.
Why does it have to be tech based? Thor and Asgard aren't, and it would be nice to see iron man FINALLY fight something that isn't a rip off of his own suit.
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1:45AM on 04/10/2012

Demon in a Bottle?

I could see him pulling off a Mandarin look. Maybe the rings are actually some kind of nanobot technology, which would keep the plot somewhat grounded. I just really hope they incorperate more of the Demon in a Bottle story arc... kind of fucked up and selfish but I love seeing RDJ playing an alcoholic/addict.
I could see him pulling off a Mandarin look. Maybe the rings are actually some kind of nanobot technology, which would keep the plot somewhat grounded. I just really hope they incorperate more of the Demon in a Bottle story arc... kind of fucked up and selfish but I love seeing RDJ playing an alcoholic/addict.
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12:34AM on 04/10/2012
I hope he brings some Sexy Beast action to this role.
I hope he brings some Sexy Beast action to this role.
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11:36PM on 04/09/2012
Playing the slimy villain in Iron Man 3 would surely be a step up from playing the slimy villain in Prince of Persia. Ben Kingsley would be an awesome Mandarin. Let the fan-made Photoshopping begin!!
Playing the slimy villain in Iron Man 3 would surely be a step up from playing the slimy villain in Prince of Persia. Ben Kingsley would be an awesome Mandarin. Let the fan-made Photoshopping begin!!
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11:09PM on 04/09/2012
i like the plot details. thats a very real threat we face nowadays and i like the realistic approach with these movies. is this the same read as the motion comic?
i like the plot details. thats a very real threat we face nowadays and i like the realistic approach with these movies. is this the same read as the motion comic?
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11:08PM on 04/09/2012
The Mandarin could work now that Thor and his realm have been established. Yes, it would mean rewriting his origin some, but it'd still be cool.

Anyways, Kingsley as the villain is great casting!
The Mandarin could work now that Thor and his realm have been established. Yes, it would mean rewriting his origin some, but it'd still be cool.

Anyways, Kingsley as the villain is great casting!
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10:20PM on 04/09/2012
Big fan of Kinglsey playing a villain in anything, let alone a comic movie. So, awesome!
Big fan of Kinglsey playing a villain in anything, let alone a comic movie. So, awesome!
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11:03PM on 04/09/2012
yeah.... forgetting bloodrayne.
yeah.... forgetting bloodrayne.
1:35AM on 04/10/2012
We don't count video game movies, do we?
We don't count video game movies, do we?
9:58PM on 04/09/2012
I actually think they could make the mandarin work with him being a billionaire behind the scenes who is trying to influence the world through supporting terrorist organizations. Tony discovers the truth that the 10 rings was sponsored by the mandarin and now he must take on all the resources of the mandarin if he is to stop a global war from occuring.
I actually think they could make the mandarin work with him being a billionaire behind the scenes who is trying to influence the world through supporting terrorist organizations. Tony discovers the truth that the 10 rings was sponsored by the mandarin and now he must take on all the resources of the mandarin if he is to stop a global war from occuring.
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11:04PM on 04/09/2012
isn't that what obadias stane was doing though?
isn't that what obadias stane was doing though?
8:46AM on 04/10/2012
No. Stane sold weapons to the 10 rings. He wasn't the one that was bankrolling them.
No. Stane sold weapons to the 10 rings. He wasn't the one that was bankrolling them.
9:33PM on 04/09/2012
You've got to read Extremis storyline. It's very intense and fun. There's a story when Tony Stark became head of S.H.I.E.L.D. and he fought The Mandarin (who went by the name of Tem Borjigin in that story) and it was very exciting. Anyway, I'm glad Ben Kingsley finds work in this caliber. First Hugo and now this. No more direct-to-DVD please, Mr. Kingsley.
You've got to read Extremis storyline. It's very intense and fun. There's a story when Tony Stark became head of S.H.I.E.L.D. and he fought The Mandarin (who went by the name of Tem Borjigin in that story) and it was very exciting. Anyway, I'm glad Ben Kingsley finds work in this caliber. First Hugo and now this. No more direct-to-DVD please, Mr. Kingsley.
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9:24PM on 04/09/2012

Im pretty sure...

he's been in almost as many shitty movies as good ones at this point.
he's been in almost as many shitty movies as good ones at this point.
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9:15PM on 04/09/2012
im intrigue
im intrigue
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9:07PM on 04/09/2012
I understand that they tried to make Iron man 1 & 2 realistic, but after the Avengers is that going to matter. You could easily do Mandarin, if you wanted.
I understand that they tried to make Iron man 1 & 2 realistic, but after the Avengers is that going to matter. You could easily do Mandarin, if you wanted.
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8:44PM on 04/09/2012
Eh... I'm a huge Warren Ellis fan, but I didn't really like Extremis. I wasn't fond of the new origins, I didn't feel like the character was really himself... I dunno.

On the other hand, this isn't a direct adaptation, so we'll see what new material they bring to the table. Shane Black is awesome.

P.S. Again, Ellis is amazing. 'Transmetropolitan' and 'Fell' are among my all time favorite comics.
Eh... I'm a huge Warren Ellis fan, but I didn't really like Extremis. I wasn't fond of the new origins, I didn't feel like the character was really himself... I dunno.

On the other hand, this isn't a direct adaptation, so we'll see what new material they bring to the table. Shane Black is awesome.

P.S. Again, Ellis is amazing. 'Transmetropolitan' and 'Fell' are among my all time favorite comics.
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8:43PM on 04/09/2012

Cool!

FYI, you can watch the Extremis motion comic on Netflix Instant.
FYI, you can watch the Extremis motion comic on Netflix Instant.
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8:41PM on 04/09/2012
As an Iron Man fan, I never cared for Extremis. Still, it's great to see Ben get his shot. He WAS cast as the Vulture in Spider-Man 3 before Sony made Raimi jam Venom in to the story. So, that may have left this door open. All things work out in the end, just like when Tom Cruise left the role and RDJ got to be Tony Stark!!!
As an Iron Man fan, I never cared for Extremis. Still, it's great to see Ben get his shot. He WAS cast as the Vulture in Spider-Man 3 before Sony made Raimi jam Venom in to the story. So, that may have left this door open. All things work out in the end, just like when Tom Cruise left the role and RDJ got to be Tony Stark!!!
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8:35PM on 04/09/2012
Is it mandatory to have your AARP card to star in the Iron Man series?
Is it mandatory to have your AARP card to star in the Iron Man series?
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8:32PM on 04/09/2012
Sounds like a mix between mission impossible II and the first GIJOE.. I prefer the Mandarin story..
Sounds like a mix between mission impossible II and the first GIJOE.. I prefer the Mandarin story..
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8:07AM on 04/10/2012
Exactly what I was thinking.
Exactly what I was thinking.
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8:31PM on 04/09/2012

we better

see Sam Rockwell's Justin Hammer back in some form or another, I REALLY hope they don't just ditch that character. And as for the villain, I'm open to whoever it's gonna be, but I'm just glad that it's in some fresh hands because Whiplash was an AWESOME villain that got treated just as well (and with about just as much screentime) as the Kraken in Clash of the Titans. LAME.
see Sam Rockwell's Justin Hammer back in some form or another, I REALLY hope they don't just ditch that character. And as for the villain, I'm open to whoever it's gonna be, but I'm just glad that it's in some fresh hands because Whiplash was an AWESOME villain that got treated just as well (and with about just as much screentime) as the Kraken in Clash of the Titans. LAME.
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