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First Look: The Mandarin and Teaser Poster

It looks like this week belongs to Iron Man!

By Robert T. Trate     October 22, 2012
Source: EW and Walt Disney

The first official picture of Sir Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin (from Iron Man 3) was published on Entertainment today. With Kingsley being an incredibly versatile actor, this looks like a perfect fit.  
Here is what we heard about the Mandarin via a Comic Con only trailer last July: “Some people call me a terrorist. I consider myself a teacher,” then he followed that with,  “Lesson #1: Heroes – there is no such thing.”


Along with this first image (which was exclusive to EW), Walt Disney Studios also released the first official teaser poster for Iron Man 3. With these two goodies and the trailer arriving, the first week in May seems like an eternity from now.  
The Plot: Marvel Studios’ “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968.

Thanks to darksoulja19 for the submission.



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Wiseguy 10/22/2012 5:55:07 PM

Gotta admit I'm digging the look. It seems like a good approach which hopefully no one will bitch about it being offensive

Mandarin should look into some Proactiv though

violator14 10/22/2012 5:55:45 PM

 Hmmm, I like Ben Kingsley and all, but I still think Chow Yun fat would've made a much better and cooler Mandarin, Chinese or not.

InnerSanctum 10/22/2012 5:57:44 PM

 I'm sorry, I'm quite sure he will do a great job, but when I first looked at the picture I burst out in laughter.  

SarcasticCaveman 10/22/2012 6:14:39 PM

 He does kind of look like an aging Rocko from "The Boondock Saints"...LOL...still looking forward to his portrayal.  Chow Yun Fat would have made a great Asian Mandarin, but considering that The Ten Rings was already established in the movie universe as a Middle East terrorist organization, I'm fine with Ben Kingsley.  He looks Middle Eastern enough in the picture.

monkeyfoot 10/22/2012 6:20:04 PM

I wanted an Antarctican to play the Mandarin. Those proud people never get good movie roles.

SarcasticCaveman 10/22/2012 6:21:21 PM

 Them walrus jockeys kin keep to their dayum selves, fer all I care.

violator14 10/22/2012 6:21:52 PM

 SC- lol. Btw wiseguy educated me a while ago that the Mandarin is actually half Chinese and half British, not middle eastern. Which is why he convinced that a Ben Kingsley playing a guy named the "Mandarin" was ok. 

InnerSanctum 10/22/2012 6:22:06 PM

Sarcastic:  LOL.  Yes, he does look like Rocko.  Check out the Boondock Saints on Facebook.  Unfortunately, Rocko has gained about a hundred pounds.   


I'm curious to find out, if he is indeed a part of a middle eastern organization, why would he have a Chinese fetish?  He definitely doesn't look like a "Mandarin".  

SarcasticCaveman 10/22/2012 6:36:41 PM

 Uh...maybe he's really oranges?...

almostunbiased 10/22/2012 6:40:56 PM

I'm getting excited


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