SPOILERS FOR IRON MAN 3 IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT YET! HELL…I EVEN SPOIL STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS….IF YOU CALL WHAT HAPPENED A SPOILER.
In a Summer of extremely divided movies, Iron Man 3‘s BIG reveal of the Mandarin was one of the most talked about.
Interestingly enough, last week Sir Ben Kingsley revealed that he might not be done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe quiet yet.
In an interview for The Belfast Telegraph he revealed he just shot something for Marvel Studios.
“It’s a secret Marvel project. I’m not allowed to say any more, you’re going to have to wait and see,” he said. I was with many members of the crew that were involved in Iron Man 3. It was lovely to see them again. It was great to be with this wonderful family,” he continued. I think they have enormous taste as creative artists. There’s nothing lazy or gratuitous about their work. They are at the top of their game, and they’re great company to keep.”
So what is the secret project? According the sources from the website Latino Review , the project is a Marvel One Shot short film. The story will be about someone not being really happy that Guy Pierces Aldrich Killian and Ben Kingsley’s character Trevor Slattery use of the name The Mandarin.
Who is this somebody? Why….the REAL Mandarin!
Yep, if this is true, it sounds like Marvel Studios is doing this to make up for the Fans who were up set that The Mandarin wasn’t an out of date fear-of-the-yellow-man-Fu Manchu.
Personally I don’t know how I feel about this. I ended up really loving the fake out with the character. It was a great surprise (unlike Benedict Cumberbatch’s worst kept secret of playing Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness.) a surprise that I couldn’t believe they pulled off. I feel doing this kinda cheapens the impact of Iron Man 3‘s ending. For me, I was fine that the Marvel Cinematic Universe doesn’t have a “real” Mandarin.
If this is true, does that mean they actually CASTED someone as the “real” Mandarin? Most likely not, this “real” Mandarin will probably stay in the shadows until Marvel will decided if they want to use him or not.
This sadly doesn’t bode well for tweeked out Trevor Slattery.
While I know this will please many fans, I got a feeling that to the audiences who are not as superhero comic book savvy they are gonna hate it.
To those folks, welcome to the wonderful world of……
For us comic book super hero fans, we’re used to this shit.
It happens all the time, for the very same reasons they are doing it now.
Big character changes happen, the fans don’t really respond to it very well….NEVERMIND!!! The Comic Book company will make up some silly reason to rework the change back to status quo.
Go ahead…ask a X-Men fan to explain the character of Xorn. That explanation has what feels like a 1,000 retcons.
Does that mean this is a good idea since this is part of comic book tradition?
Nope, it just sadly means we’re used to it.
Is it silly? Yep, but hey, it’s part of the wacky world of the superhero genre, and you gotta go with a lot flow in this place.