By doing so, not only did he make Stark a far more interesting character, he changes the Battle of New York in The Avengers from a fun spectacle piece to something akin to a real world war. The "Enter the Mandarin" arc, where Iron Man clashes with the Mandarin. 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. It’s one of the wittiest Marvel Cinematic Universe films to date and has some excellent character exploration to go with it. Guy Pearce is a good actor and he delivers, but Aldrich Killian, while a good concept isn’t a particularly well-written character. Iron Man was my favorite movie of … To answer this question, Black ships Tony thousands of miles away from home, suit broken. The movie got excellent appraisals from the critic. Everybody straight up buys Trevor's story without much fuss; it would be the perfect cover. Revisiting Iron Man 3: Is The Mandarin Plot Twist Really That Bad? However, it is a movie that doesn’t necessarily stick its landing. Iron Man 3 was another asset of Marvel to rule the movie halls all over the world. The Aldrich Killian/Trevor Slattery act was never the real Mandarin nor was it meant to seem that way. The "Invincible Iron Man" arc, where Stark goes on the run, and War Machine and Rescue appear in his place. When he gets a nightmare, he accidentally calls the suit in his sleep, which then assumes Pepper is the threat and almost attacks her. 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. What’s a superhero movie without a supervillain? And Ben Kingsley slays the roll. Ben Kingsley is half Indian, half English, playing a Middle Eastern terrorist who’s named The MANDARIN, talking about Chinese fortune cookies which are in actual fact, an American invention. Currently, he has given up on shaving. Without the hopes and expectations of The Mandarin being MCU’s GREAT villain, I was able to kick back and wallow in Shane Black’s mostly awesome writing. 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. It’s not an exaggeration to say that Mandarin is to Iron Man what Lex Luthor, The Joker or Norman Osborn is to Superman, Batman and Spider-Man. Visually he’s intimidating. This, of course, happens after The Mandarin attack. Pepper understands. He’s right. After all, he takes the glorious Iron Man suit and turns into something terribly uncool. He also writes for Movie Mezzanine, In Review Online, and Paste Magazine. All the latest gaming news, game reviews and trailers. 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 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 . In reality, we got a buffoon named Trevor Slattery in one of the most annoying rug-pulls in the history of cinema. Believe it or not, my thoughts have changed drastically. Also, according to Gwyneth Paltrow (Pepper Potts), there will be no Iron Man 4. I remember just sitting down at the end of Iron Man 3, watching the end credits roll, feeling like I’ve been hit by a monster truck. He lives in fear, desperate to protect the one thing he truly cares about — Pepper Potts — but in that desperation, he risks ruining his relationship with her. If there's a real Mandarin biding his time in the MCU, why not have him be Trevor? The Mandarin's past is shrouded in mystery, but his followers described him as an ancient warrior-king that has inspired generations of men since the Middle Ages, perhaps even further back in time. 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. — I think — which is an interesting theme. (On that note, for anybody who has yet to watch the film, be warned of spoilers ahead.) 'Iron Man 3': Ben Kingsley Teases 'The Real Mandarin' Sir Ben Kingsley has a thing or two to say about the truth of his dual role as Trevor Slattery and The Mandarin in … Iron Man 3 offers some of the best romantic dramas in all of comic book movies. The true villain of the movie was Tony's past self and the destruction he sowed as a weapons manufacturing playboy. In one of the scenes, we hear Aldrich Killian say, “Boss is about to record… Well, you know how he gets.”. Aldrich Killian gets smacked in the head by Pepper Potts immediately after he delivers his evil villain monologue. Which is which?...The Mandarin could be so supremely intelligent that he could have said, 'You know what? This movie isn’t just about Tony Stark, it’s also about Tony Stark in relation to his suits and Tony Stark in relation to Pepper Potts. 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Die” — to the point where the studio had to release a short film as a retcon apology. 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. Comics : Mandarin is a villian character primarily featured in the Marvel comics first appearing in “Tales of suspense” featuring Iron man and Captain America. His organization destroys Tony stark's home after a televised threat from him. Tony Stark post The Avengers is even more so. In frightening broadcasts this “Mandarin” proclaims he is setting off bombs around the world to teach America. In the most heartwrenching scene of the movie, the usually egoistic Tony bares his soul to Pepper explaining why he’s been distant. His name was an ancient Chinese war mantle, meaning \"advisor to the King\". People often bash on the Marvel Cinematic Universe for being too safe and for following a tried and tested formula over and over and over again (outside of Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: Ragnarok, that is). 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 … 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. And now Sir Ben Kingsley himself has added some fuel to the fire with remarks made in a recent interview with IGN; he's currently doing the press rounds for The Boxtrolls, so of course the discussion eventually wove itself round to the subject of The Mandarin, Trevor Slattery, and character integrity. Iron Man 3 provides popcorn with a twist. By Pritish Samantray May 18, 2019. They made Iron Man 3 just as an Iron Man film, not as a real part of the red thread throughout the MCU. Except, the very next scene, Tony almost kills her in his sleep. And then the twist happened and slapped everyone in their faces. 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. Later in the movie Tony searches for Mandarin and finds the real truth about Trevor Slattery: Mandarin is played by Ben Kingsley in Iron Man 3. Some say that Black outright hates the suit, which is a fair observation. 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. Because of that, whatever is done in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will need to stand in opposition to that propaganda villain from Iron Man 3. But here’s the thing with special films, they tend to be very polarizing *cough* The Last Jedi *cough*. I’m glad I gave Iron man 3 another shot. 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. Tony befriends a kid who reminds him of himself. Halfway through the film, thereabouts, we discover that The Mandarin isn't The Mandarin at all, but rather a has-been thespian named Trevor Slattery, posing as The Mandarin at the behest of Guy Pearce's villainous megalomaniac, Aldrich Killian, who (sort of) claims that he's The Mandarin. Seems that the topic has stuck with Kingsley, too, and not just his creative cohorts and disgruntled fans. 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. 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. The relationship between Tony and Pepper is vital to the narrative just like we see in Deadpool and The Dark Knight. In Iron Man 3, a fake Mandarin was introduced and played by out-of-work actor Trevor Slattery (Ben Kingsley) who was used as part of a similarly fake Ten Rings organization (the real Mandarin … They needed a simple villain that could rise and fall in one film. Now, had there not been a twist, this movie would have been much cooler. Tony suffers from anxiety, something a suave, braggadocious guy like himself isn’t used to. But as made clear throughout the movie, Shane Black isn’t interested in what’s cool. We sympathize with Tony’s as we’ve seen what he’s gone through, but we also understand Pepper’s mounting frustration. Through the kid, Tony realises that it isn’t the suits that make him Iron Man; HE is Iron Man. It did not stand up to the expectations on box office. Ten Rings is the name of a terrorist organization, not magical jewelry. Iron Man 3 is a 2013 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Iron Man, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. And when it came to Iron Man 3 (Or Iron Man Three as it’s called in the end credits), I found myself setting up camp in the negative end of the spectrum. 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? But the biggest clue is the concept of The Mandarin, as a whole. 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. He says he wants to sell weapons to both sides? In Iron Man 3 Ben Kingsley portrays “the Mandarin”. After living through a near-fatal incident in the Battle of New York, Tony feels helpless and small — “Gods, aliens and other dimensions. What if he's the ultimate criminal mastermind, disguising himself as the most pitiable person possible to deflect suspicion? The Mandarin seeks to use Extremis as a weapon of mass destruction. All great twists offer a different experience upon a second viewing. 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. There's a real Mandarin." Or perhaps Shane Black knows that the man behind the suit is simply that much more fascinating. A troll. As such they choose a nerfed and altered version of the Mandarin. Now, this is me just free-thinking here, but I would love to revisit that world. His irresponsibility and cruelty came back to bite him in a big way and almost cost him Pepper's life. The company announced that the Mandarin is going to be represented as a villainous threat closer to his comic inspirations--and it's even working the twisty Iron Man 3 plot in. 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. You know, which is which? The problem isn’t the twist itself, it’s what we get after that’s slightly underwhelming. So when Iron Man 3 seemed to revisit Iron Man with the Ten Rings organization and Mandarin as the leader of the Ten Rings, it was exciting. Only instead of guns, it’s his suit, which he has upgraded to the point where it interlinks with himself. Iron Man 3 is a damn good movie, one that is refreshing and goes against the grain. When you watch it the first time, you’re so mesmerized by the facade that is The Mandarin, that your mind immediately translates that line to “Get your act together! If the adaptive elements of the film didn't work for some, perhaps everyone can still agree that Kingsley turned out a great performance. But Trev, bless him, may have made an indelible mark on that world. Insert The Mandarin. All Rights Reserved. Someone to push the hero’s buttons and exploit his weaknesses. 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.) RELATED: Shang-Chi: What Are the 'Ten Rings' of the MCU Movie? From his voice to his motivations, The Mandarin was a menacing force, one who is much, much darker than all the Marvel villains that came before it. The Mandarin was a misdirect for Tony--a big obvious baddie to fight. The only reason it was made, he added, was to apologize to angry fans. I’m just a man in a can.”. His passion becomes a distraction and then an obsession. But it is one that is just mentioned in passing without further exploration (Rian Johnson gets it right in The Last Jedi). Share; Tweet; 0. Instead of hitting the reset button and having Tony Stark go back to being his same old self, Shane Black turns him into a war victim, suffering from PTSD. Copyright © 2002 - 2020 Vijandren Ramadass. The trailer teased a terrorist maniac, someone who was going to be Iron Man’s greatest foe; Marvel’s response to Heath Ledger’s The Joker, perhaps?In reality, we got a buffoon named Trevor Slattery in one of the most annoying rug-pulls in the history of cinema. The truth of Iron Man 3's midpoint twist is old hat by now. 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. So they'd have to approach it quite carefully, and so would I, but I would love to go back to that world, yeah.". Black asks the question: who is Tony Stark without Pepper and his suits? The point is that Tony created his own demons. Movie Mandarin Didn't Cut It After its release, Iron Man 3 garnered a magnitude of criticism and backlash over the way it handled the Mandarin, not solely in the "Trevor" reveal. Following the release of Iron Man 3, Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King proved that there was a real Mandarin in the MCU – and it wasn't Trevor Slattery (obviously). Shane Black. If you haven't, well, you've probably tangentially gained knowledge on the fracas through the magic of pop culture osmosis. The Tony Stark we get from Iron Man through The Avengers is interesting. It is here that Tony begins to find himself and deal with his anxiety head-on, without his usual distractions. Tony is determined to make his can better and stay hidden behind it, but Shane Black is hellbent on not putting Tony in the suit. 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In the climactic battle sequence, Tony gets his ass handed to him by Aldrich Killian, that is until he sees his favourite suit zoom towards him: “The prodigal son returns.” Once again, this should have been THE turning point and rousing moment of the battle, except the “prodigal son”, crashes and breaks, again in a comedic fashion. He is the classic antagonist. It’s not that I found the movie terrible; I knew I had just seen something special. Leader of the terrorist organization Ten Rings. Over the years, I’ve grown to appreciate and love Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 for its unique vision. So everyone might say, 'Is it Trev under there?' This isn't the first time he's opened up about Iron Man 3 and mused over the many and sundry misgivings over the direction Black chose to take The Mandarin in the film; it is, however, one of the more compelling suggestions put forth regarding the character's motivations. The final instalment of the Iron Man trilogy is great when it’s a character piece and for the most part, it is. She is human after all. 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. Upon my latest rewatch, though, I found myself enjoying the twist. Maybe. The "Armor Wars" arc, where Tony Stark fakes his death, due to constant harassment by Firepower. His real story ends up being different than what he tells the director, and now it looks like that history of lies is being used with the Mandarin in “Iron Man 3.” I watched the movie a couple more times that year and then decided to bury my imaginary Blu-ray in my imaginary backyard… until yesterday, where I watched the movie again, the first time since it hit cinemas back in 2013. At the time, a portion of hardcore fans of Marvel comics stood outside Marvel Studios with flaming pitchforks and large signs that read “Die. A one-stop shop for all things video games. Who's pulling the strings. The same thing applies to another scene in which Aldrich Killian says, “No eye contact with The Mandarin unless you wanna get shot in the face.” You assume that the threat comes from The Mandarin, but in actual fact, the trigger-happy person is Killian himself. 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. I remember feeling the chills run up my spine when we’re first introduced to the terrorist named The Mandarin via cryptic messages. He has ten rings worn on each finger each of which has a specific power. While this movie nestles perfectly within the larger MCU, it is still a SHANE BLACK Christmas party through and through. They’re first seen in “Iron Man” as the group that kidnaps Tony Stark. He’s nothing but a hodgepodge of ideas. There really still was (and still is) a Ten Rings organization out there. 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. 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. However, the film revealed that character to be nothing more … Smells Like Infinite Sadness A 40-something's musings on the current state of music, film and pop culture. His suit, which he has upgraded to the expectations is the mandarin real in iron man 3 box office supremely... 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