One of the most talked-about moments of the newly-released Iron Man 3 trailer is the first appearance of Ben Kingsley as classic Iron Man nemesis, the Mandarin. But is the movie Mandarin the same character as the one in the comic books...? Maybe not, according to the president of Marvel Studios.
As MTV Splash Page points out, Kingsley's Mandarin is not only clearly not Chinese -- MTV describes him as "more ethnically ambiguous," a fitting phrase for the actor who is of mixed Indian, English and potentially Russian descent -- but also uses a pistol at one point during the trailer, an odd choice for a character who, in the comic books, has magic rings to help with the fighting. Maybe that's because, according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, the movie Mandarin's rings won't do the same things as they do in the comics (Ice rays and fire beams are expressly ruled out), something that's perhaps connected to the fact that the movie Mandarin won't have an origin related to a crashed alien spaceship like his comic book counterpart.
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