The Mandarin and Thor’s Mystery Villain

Just one week after it’s release the rumors are already circulating about a third Iron Man movie. Actor Robert Downey Jr. has stated that he is ready for a third outing as Iron Man but fans shouldn’t expect to see it until the Avengers have seen their day on the big screen.

Director John Favreau has some hints about what viewers can expect to see, the long-awaited super villain known as the Mandarin.

“You have to do The Mandarin… The problem with The Mandarin is, the way it’s depicted in the comic books, you don’t want to see that,” he said. “He also has ten magical rings, and it just doesn’t feel right for our thing, so it’s either tech-based or the rings are not really rings… But maybe with Thor and all those others you’ll introduce magic to that world and it won’t seem so out of place.”
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The character was somewhat referenced as the leader of a terrorist group known as the Ten Rings in the first Iron Man movie which caused astute viewers to think that Iron Man 2’s main villain would be the Mandarin. Imagine the surprise when Favreau described the villain as being an unlikely for for numerous reasons ranging from his powers to his persona being perceived as offensive.

Even ignoring those two problems there is the fact that the Mandarin is such a major villain that starting with him would be too much too soon. With the ante upped for a third movie, I think that a villain on the Mandarin’s level can be expected.
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In Thor news, actor Colm Feore ( “Face/Off,” “24,” “La Femme Nikita,” “The Chronicles of Riddick,”) is tight-lipped over the identity of the character he will be playing.

“Marvel hasn’t allowed me to say anything,” related Feore during an interview with The Montreal Gazette. “I can tell you makeup took me five hours every day, and that made for a very long day. But [Kenneth] Branagh is a genius at scheduling, so it worked out fine for me.”

“It was a lot of fun to do,” added Feore. “And I imagine it’s going to be huge.”
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actor Colm Feore

It’s not a lot to go on, but the statement that so much make-up time is needed is getting comic book fans in a frenzy. Could this be the Absorbing Man?

(more Thor articles here)

Chris Helmsworth has spoken to the crew at Superherhype about the approach that Branagh’s film will take toward adapting the thunder god for the movie-going public.

Chris Helmsworth as Thor - click to enlarge

Chris Helmsworth as Thor - click to enlarge

SHH: And what was your take on Thor – how did you see him, as you wanted to play him?
Hemsworth: We just kept trying to humanize it all, and keep it very real. Look into all the research about the comic books that we could, but also bring it back to “Who is this guy as a person, and what’s his relationship with people in the individual scenes?” And working with someone like Kenneth Branagh, who has all those bases covered and has so many ideas, it was a hell of a time!
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