Chinese Actor Wang Xueqi Drops More Details On His Role As 'Dr. Wu' In IRON MAN 3

It's unknown exactly how much of 'Dr. Wu' we will see in Iron Man 3 compared to the Chinese cut of the film, but actor Wang Xueqi reveals some details here about what sorts of interaction we should expect to see him and with Robert Downey Jr.'s 'Tony Stark' and teases a return in a future movie.

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With a background in the Chinese army, you might expect Wang Xueqi's Dr Wu to have an action-packed role in Shane Black's threequel. Well, despite rumours at one time indicating that he would be playing 'The Radioactive Man', that won't be the case says the actor. "I was told of this ‘good news’ – that there was this part on offer," he recalled in a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "I was like, ‘Oh, right.’ And I said to this person contacting me, ‘It wouldn’t do if it’s a character who’s finished off after a few fights.’ I was then assured that, ‘No, you’re going to be the man who saves his [Tony Stark] life.’"

So, he will obviously be involved with the scenes from the trailer in which Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark is put under for a procedure of some sort. However, that's not all. Xueqi will also feature in a flashback scene (possibly the same one which Rebecca Hall has previously said she will be a part of) set in Miami. "It’s not a character which exists in the original comic series," he revealed. "And he’s a very complicated individual: he’s at once a specialist in Chinese medicine and Western medicine, but also a scientist and someone who has an in-depth knowledge of ancient Chinese culture. They’ve really set the bar very high. It’s a very challenging role. I don’t get a lot of scenes, but you have to convince viewers that [Stark and Wu] are friends from way back,” Wang said. “It’s not like in other films when you can get to show that through a lot of interaction between the characters."

The site goes on to reveal that the duo meet only twice in the film; the present and aforementioned flashback. That required the actor to travel to Wilmington, North Carolina, but he still spoke in Chinese for the entirety of his scenes. "It’s quite difficult when we can’t communicate in the same language," he added. "Even the bosses were very concerned about whether we could sound like friends when we speak in different languages. What they would want is to develop [Dr Wu] if there’s a fourth installment—because after all, it’s him who propped Stark up when he’s in his most difficult time."


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Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?


STARRING:

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin
Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts
Don Cheadle as Rhodey/War Machine
Guy Pearce as Aldrich Killian
Rebecca Hall as Dr. Maya Hansen
Ashley Hamilton as Jack Taggert
James Badge Dale as Eric Savin
Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan

RELEASE DATE: April 25th, 2013 (UK). May 3rd, 2013 (US).


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marvel72 - 4/7/2013, 10:15 AM
so the countdown begins 18 days until release of iron man 3.
ThisIsHeavy - 4/7/2013, 10:22 AM
Doctor Who?
TheManFromMars - 4/7/2013, 10:22 AM
Ok, but how much of this is true for the wideworld release and how much is true for only the Chinese release?
Ocelot - 4/7/2013, 10:24 AM
"What they would want is to develop [Dr Wu] if there’s a fourth installment—because after all, it’s him who propped Stark up when he’s in his most difficult time.".



setting up that return to china in a future film

JoshWilding - 4/7/2013, 10:26 AM
I can't believe it's come around so quickly! I'm planning on seeing Iron Man 3 at a junket screening on the 15th...here's hoping I'm allowed to Tweet reactions as I did with The Avengers. :)
thorhulk77 - 4/7/2013, 10:34 AM
Interesting. Cant wait till May 3rd
santoanderson - 4/7/2013, 10:37 AM
Dr Wu?

JoshWilding - 4/7/2013, 10:37 AM
MARVELPSYCHO79: I'll have one up on the same day if it's not embargoed! Unfortunately, it probably will be. :( Still, my review of The Avengers was up by the 20th, so the wait won't be that long! Hoping to have a lot of awesome Iron Man 3 coverage for you guys the week after next...
ThisIsHeavy - 4/7/2013, 10:55 AM
Iron Man 3 will be my first midnight screening, although knowing my town I'll be the only one to show up...
Tony93 - 4/7/2013, 10:55 AM
is it a big coincidence that Ironman takes place in Japan for a little bit and correct me if im wrong but doesnt the wolverine take place there too?
DrDoom - 4/7/2013, 10:56 AM
Still think he's going to become Radioactive Man eventually (and I hope so).
Tony93 - 4/7/2013, 10:57 AM
and isnt there a chinese actress who plays a part in x men DOFP also in ironman?
Tony93 - 4/7/2013, 10:58 AM
I think the extremis soldiers are radioactive men actually
PsychoManiacJacky - 4/7/2013, 11:03 AM
Yes Tony93 you may be coming on to something, I believe at the end of Iron Man 3, Tony Stark is going to go back to Japan to find a man called The Wolverine. Then in the film The Wolverine at the end they finally meet, Iron Man says the world as you know it is going to change. Then he asks him to recruit for The Avengers. Then in X-Men DOFP the whole entire Marvel universe collides into one and Wolverine now apart of The Avengers decides to abandon them to join the X-Men once more!
thewonderer - 4/7/2013, 11:11 AM
So why can this guy be Chinese? As he's saving lives and not a villain?
Illcommunicatione - 4/7/2013, 11:19 AM
You should see his wife...

He maybe Dr. Wu but she's Mrs Wayhay.

(giggidy)
arsonjack - 4/7/2013, 11:27 AM
dr who?
WYLEEJAY - 4/7/2013, 11:27 AM
Damn. I'm really hoping Radioactive Man shows up in one of these films. Hes one of Iron Mans better villains, and he shares him with Thor. Also hoping to see Absorbing Man in one too. They would be perfect for the Masters of Evil. Thor and Hulk both share the Absorbing Man in their rogues gallery too. One can only hope.
BritishKnight - 4/7/2013, 11:37 AM
4th Installment? Could Radioactive Man be the main baddie for the next Iron Man movie?

That would be a nice change actually, we haven't really seen a truely tragic villain in the Iron Man series yet.
InfiniteMonkey - 4/7/2013, 11:39 AM
No way. The 4th installment should be about his womanising ways.
Set him back morally and get him loads of hot girls.
Put in a couple of Hydra hotties, Ninja hotties (the Hand) and some various gorgeous villain women all in bikini's, no exceptions.
mrHJK - 4/7/2013, 11:47 AM
Well there were rumors that he would return as Radioactive Man in Ant-Man?
Avengers 2 should do Masters of Evil..
Baron Zemo (set up in Cap 2)
I wanted Enchantress and Executioner to return from Thor 2 but idk .. Maybe Kurse?
Radioactive Man
Abomination
Ultron
and maybe Crossbones?
WYLEEJAY - 4/7/2013, 11:48 AM
You mean like Madame Masque? Wearing only the mask. Lol
DuzzeeLookLyka - 4/7/2013, 11:50 AM
So does this mean Tony will have a weapon on one of his suits called the 'Steely Dan?'
BritishKnight - 4/7/2013, 11:52 AM
Radioactive Man in Ant-man was just speculation and wishful thinking, I'm pretty sure it was never presented as a rumor. I could be wrong though
BritishKnight - 4/7/2013, 11:58 AM
I'm really starting to like this idea of Radioactive Man as the villain for Iron Man 4.

Right now there setting up Radioactive Man as Tony's friend and the person who saved his life which makes total sense if they want to bring him in as the villain for a 4th installment. It's a personal story, Tony wouldn't want help from Shield or the Avengers. He would be trying to do everything he can to save his friend.
Minato - 4/7/2013, 12:02 PM
I second InfiniteMonkeys ideas
Minato - 4/7/2013, 12:30 PM










Minato - 4/7/2013, 12:33 PM
I mixed up pages 2+3
MarkV - 4/7/2013, 12:46 PM
Shit status: 100% REAL
aztecRaingod - 4/7/2013, 1:18 PM
What a coincidence. Wang is my middle name.
marveldc4life - 4/7/2013, 1:20 PM
End credit scene Downey Jr. Iron Man meets up with Chris Pratt Star Lord interacts with him same way nick fury does in Iron Man 1 and says, " Mr. Stark your apart of a much bigger galaxy now.", "You didn't think you were the only superheroes in the universe did you?" They don't need all the GOTG in the end credit scene.
HAILHYDRA - 4/7/2013, 1:48 PM
I think it's hilarious how the people who assume this is Radioactive Man are only basing that on the fact that he is Asian.
TheManFromMars - 4/7/2013, 2:09 PM
@HAILHYDRA

I think they're basing it on the rumor that he was playing Chen Lu when he was first cast.

It was the same thing with Irrfan Khan in TASM when he was rumored to be playing Proto-Goblin.
Ocelot - 4/7/2013, 2:18 PM
Dont know why people are saying he's radioactive man when he clearly says that he isn't playing a character from the comics. "It’s not a character which exists in the original comic series"

He's just playing an old friend of Tony. If he's used in a future Iron Man film he'll probably be attacked in China, which leads to Iron Man having a reason to go there and part of the movie taking place in China again.

Like I said they're setting up that return to China in a future film
mctrinket - 4/7/2013, 2:31 PM
marvel72 - 4/7/2013, 4:34 PM
@ Hush2010

that's awesome just like a comic book.
BritishKnight - 4/7/2013, 5:32 PM
@SpidaTrav nice find
Foxpaw - 4/8/2013, 12:20 AM
Awesome!

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