‘Iron Man 3′: What we’ve learned so far
Iron Man 3 (Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Pictures)
The big (really big) picture of all that goes down in "Iron Man 3" is becoming clearer with the release of the new trailer, which gives us new looks at the villainous Mandarin, the army of flying (and seemingly sentient-ish) Iron Man suits and a new set of armor that looks like it would fit the Hulk just fine (if the Hulk were, you know, suddenly not into going shirtless all the time).
Drawing from the new trailer, the original teaser, the Super Bowl spot, the stills released so far and other scattered sources across the Marvel Universe, we've compiled a list of the most important "Iron Man 3" facts to keep in mind as we prepare for the film's release in less than two months.
1. There are at least three villains
Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin in 'Iron Man 3' (Photo: Marvel Studios)
One for each "Iron Man" movie released so far! The big baddie of "Iron Man 3" is, of course, the Mandarin, played by an oft-hooded and sunglasses-wearing Ben Kingsley. The Mandarin was originally considered as a character in both "Iron Man" and "Iron Man 2" before both stories got too big to also accommodate so big a villain. The Mandarin is one of Tony Stark's most notorious enemies, and his wrath in "Iron Man 3" threatens to strip our hero of everything -- and everyone -- that he holds dear.
The Mandarin is Chinese in the comics, so why isn't he being played by a Chinese actor? Director Shane Black spoke with Yahoo! Movies about the film's reworking of the character for Ben Kingsley.
"His nationality is not even clear because he is shrouded in secrecy," said Black. "He has crafted himself in the manner of the Mandarin, of a warlord. And I think that's great because you get to do the comic book but you don't ... have to deal with the specifics of Fu Manchu stereotyping.
"We're not saying he's Chinese, we're saying he, in fact, draws a cloak around him of Chinese symbols and dragons because it represents his obsessions with Sun Tzu in various ancient arts of warfare that he studied."
Meanwhile, Guy Pearce will be playing Aldrich Killian, another familiar character from the "Iron Man" comics. Killian is a geneticist who teams up with Stark's old pal Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall) to create a new technology known as "Extremis" ... though we'll get to that in a moment.