Controversial Mandarin surprise appearance in Iron Man 3 defended by Marvel boss

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, has spoken out in support of Iron Man 3’s contentious Mandarin narrative surprise. The Shane Black flick teased the famous character’s on-screen debut, for those who need a reminder. Fans were ecstatic to see one of Tony Stark’s most prominent adversaries go up against Robert Downey Jr. However, it was discovered halfway through the film that this Mandarin was an impostor – an actor named Trevor Slattery.

Mandarin surprise appearance in Iron Man 3 leads to controversy

The surprise acted as a distraction from the actual villain of the film, Aldrich Killian. Trevor Slattery was only pretending to be an organized crime leader in order to make Tony suffer. This move, which felt like a bait-and-switch, did not go down well with fans.

They had been expecting the Mandarin to play a major role in the film for a long time, and they were upset when it turned out to be a hoax. As a result, Marvel Studios took a step back. The actual Mandarin is still out there, according to Marvel One-Shot: All Hail The King, a direct-to-video short film. We know we’ll run across him in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings now.

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But, in Iron Man 3, Feige stands by his decision to expose us to “fake Mandarin”. He revealed why the Mandarin couldn’t have made his actual debut in an Iron Man film in an interview with Rotten Tomatoes.

“We only wanted to do it when we thought we could do it supreme justice and truly portray the depth of this character,” he explained. “We couldn’t do that in an Iron Man movie because an Iron Man movie is about Iron Man.” “So Shane Black came up with this great twist that we adore to this day in his picture and his story that he co-wrote, and it turned out to be Trevor Slattery.”

He concluded by hinting to the coming of the actual Mandarin in Shang-Chi, where he would be played by Tony Leung Chiu-wai. “Just because that version wasn’t genuine doesn’t mean the Ten Rings organization doesn’t have a head, and that’s who we meet for the first time in Shang-Chi,” Feige explained. On September 3, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be published.

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