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Jon Favreau wants Mandarin as the villain for Iron Man 3

05.10.2010

Is it too premature to start thinking about IRON MAN 3 already? Not when the new one made $133M it’s opening weekend. Sure, there’s THOR, CAPTAIN AMERICA and THE AVENGERS which will need to come first, but I have a feeling we’ll most definitely see IRON MAN 3 at some point, though whether it’s before or after THE AVENGERS I’m not sure.

But director Jon Favreau is already looking ahead, as he should, and he already has big ideas for the potential villain in the third film. Here’s what he had to say to MTV:

"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."

"But maybe with 'Thor' and all those others you'll introduce magic to that world and it won't seem so out of place," he said.

I’m not a comic connoisseur per se, but from what I’ve read about Mandarin, his rings are tech derived from a crashed alien spaceship. Sure, aliens aren’t exactly a smooth fit with the current Iron Man universe, but it’s not quite “magic” either. I’m sure they’re more worried about how they’re planning on integrating a Norse god into the world rather than explaining away some technologically advanced rings.

Anyway, I’m sure whatever they work out will be alright, and IRON MAN 3 is one of a few forthcoming movie sequels I’d actually line up to see. Just don't go all SPIDER-MAN or X-MEN 3 with it.

Extra Tidbit: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” – Clarke’s Third Law
Source: MTV

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