Seeing Sir Ben Kingsley take on the iconic role of Tony Stark/Iron Man's greatest enemy the Mandarian was probably my most anticipated performance of the entire year. In the pantheon of super villains Mandarin isn't as great of a villain as The Joker or Dr. Octopus, but he has grown to be one of the better villains of the Marvel Universe and one I have grown quite fond of and learned to appreciate, especially after Matt Fraction's last volume of
Getting a chance to see an actor of Ben Kingsley's quality portray what looked to be an updated and realistic super terrorist that would push Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man to his limits was probably the thing I was most eagerly anticipating about the much hyped Iron Man 3, especially since the Mandarin backed terrorist organization the Ten Tings is semi responsible for pushing Tony Stark to become Iron Man after the events of the 1st Iron Man film. All the ingredients were there, so what happened? And what should have happened? Find out after the break..... Iron Man.
|Seeds of Tony Stark Vs. the Mandarin have been set since Iron Man 1,|
notice the ten rings terrorist flag in the background.
|Making the ten rings magical, would have worked better than|
what Shane Black actually did to the Mandarin character!
|How about a gift from Thanos?|
|Yea I guess this bad ass version|
of the Mandarin is just to lame or racist
for Shane Black's taste, "PLEASE"!
|I'll take an Infinity Gauntlet|
over 10 Rings any day, too bad
we have to wait to 2015 or beyond to see it!
An Iron Man 3 in which Thanos gives Mandarin the ten magical rings and he fails could be the perfect set up for the Avengers inevitable clash with this all time Marvel baddie. After two attempts (Loki and the Mandarin) maybe Thanos decides it is time to literally take things into his own hand and seek out the Infinity Gauntlet. You could even use Thanos' search for the Infinity Gauntlet as a story in The Guardians of the Galaxy film. A story like this would also avoid the messy bookend type ending that Shane Black dealt Joss Whedon to deal with in Avengers 2, and we can even save the Extremis story line for a potential Iron Man 4 during phase 3!
|I may not live at 10880 Malibu Point 90265, but you get the idea MARVEL!|