The Mandarin Confirmed As Iron Man 3 Villain

Marvel Studios is proving why they are the top dog when it comes to Hall H presentations (and why Robert Downey Jr. is the undisputed King of Comic-Con). Downey took to the stage to present Iron Man 3 footage, which Eric will recap in great detail in his live blog (it looked amazing), there was one huge news: Sir Ben Kingsley is playing The Mandarin.

The explosive footage that they showed concluded with shots of Kingsley’s hands wearing the rings. Then it pulls back a little bit further to show the actor stroking his grey beard. Then he cocks a handgun, even though he’s sitting in an Oriental chair. It’s very quick, but it confirms what we expected. Kingsley is The Mandarin in Iron Man 3.

“We’re halfway done,” Black confirmed on the shoot, then calling Kingsley “lovely” and doing a great Sir Ben impersonation. “This guy is The Mandarin.”

We’ll have plenty more on Iron Man 3. Stay tuned.

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