The new Iron Man 3 trailer is out and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it! Called “Tony Stark’s Darkest Hour,” this trailer shows off some of the tribulations Tony Stark/Iron Man will be facing in the movie and teases his new villain: The Mandarin. Played by the outstanding Ben Kingsley, The Mandarin is one of Iron Man’s most powerful foes. In addition to his keen intellect and deadly martial arts skills, The Mandarin has ten rings that allow him to do a variety of things: elemental blasts, psionic energy manipulation, gravity control, disintegration beams, etc.
He’s also Chinese…and Ben Kingsley is not. As talented as Kingsley is, it’s weird that a Chinese villain with a Chinese name will be played by a British man of Indian descent. Changing the race of Nick Fury or The Kingpin is one thing, since those characters aren’t tied to specific ethnicities, but this guy’s name is The Mandarin…and it’s because of his Chinese background, not because he hurls tiny oranges at Iron Man.
Anyway, when you have chance, check out the clip and let me know what you think (please!).