New IRON MAN 3 Detail And (Low-Res) Still Photo Feature ‘The Mandarin’ And His Ten Rings

Offering a new look at veteran actor Sir Ben Kingsley as Tony Stark's long-time arch-enemy, The Mandarin, a new photo from the anticipated Iron Man 3 film has surfaced, & a new Ten Rings detail!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 10/27/2012


Spotted inside the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly by @Armageddon26, of Twitter & CBM, a new still photo from Marvel's anticipated Iron Man 3 movie has surfaced. Featuring a low-resolution shot of Sir Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin, also featured in the magazine is a detail regarding the villain's ten rings. While Marvel's president confirmed that the alien subplot for The Mandarin's Ten Rings has been dropped, EW says the rings “will still be the source of his power.”




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., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale with Jon Favreau and Ben Kingsley, “Iron Man 3” is directed by Shane Black from a screenplay by Drew Pearce & Shane Black and is based on Marvel’s iconic Super Hero Iron Man, who first appeared on the pages of “Tales of Suspense” (#39) in 1963 and had his solo comic book debut with “The Invincible Iron Man” (#1) in May of 1968. “Iron Man 3” is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures & DMG Entertainment. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing & Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Stephen Broussard, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Charles Newirth, Stan Lee & Dan Mintz are executive producers. The film hits May 3, 2013, & is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

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SuperDude001 - 10/27/2012, 2:44 PM
Ben Kingsley is a great actor but I wish they'd got someone else, he just doesn't look like the Mandarin to me (and it's not that he's not Chinese, he just doesn't fit to me).
Good to know about the rings though.
CorronZenith30 - 10/27/2012, 2:55 PM
Menacing! I wonder how they'll handle the rings power side of things?
soberchimera - 10/27/2012, 3:03 PM
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averageBEAR - 10/27/2012, 3:09 PM
AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!
marvel72 - 10/27/2012, 3:10 PM
i just want to know what his rings do,i don't care if they don't shoot fire or ice from them as long as they do something.
Paulley - 10/27/2012, 3:11 PM
i'm guessing the Dragon carving behind Ben Kingsley is the nod to the dragon aliens and fing fang foom.

Not that I mind, im sure Marvel has tweaked it enough to make it make sense within the MCU like they did with Thor and that's all that matters to me.
MCUfan1 - 10/27/2012, 3:12 PM
I think they call his suit like iron man's
TheGambitFreakIsBatmanOfCBM - 10/27/2012, 3:15 PM
His name is "The Mandarin" He's of asian descent. "The Mandarin is a Rascist Caricature," Uh.... You THINK?! If a [frick]ing villain's name is Taco, he's gonna be a [frick]ing Mexican, alright?! Who cares if he's a stereotype? That's what he is, so leave it be. I'm sure 70 year old Kingsley will do great, but tell me Ken Wantanabe or Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa wouldn't have [frick]ed major shit up? And as far as the No Alien tech thing goes, that's cool, whatever, they just better have a decent story behind the rings.

Don't disappoint me Black, you haven't so far...
Niuhll - 10/27/2012, 3:15 PM
Don't know where i read it (Here maybe) that Ben Kingsley got a standing ovation on set from the Cast and Crew, lead by Downey Jr. Plus his roles in Sexy Beast, Schindler's List etc, i have confidence that he will own this role.

billytwohats - 10/27/2012, 3:18 PM
He looks a proper Chav sporting those sovereigns hope he wears a shell suit in the movie.
Niuhll - 10/27/2012, 3:18 PM
Kingsley is of Asian descent, just not Chinese descent...
Anthrax - 10/27/2012, 3:21 PM
man with those rings he can knock you the [frick] out.
Cosmic1 - 10/27/2012, 3:21 PM
Looks good
Ranger14 - 10/27/2012, 3:22 PM
"Kingsley is of Asian descent, just not Chinese descent..."

..and so was Mandarin...so there shouldn't be any issue that some like to make there out to be.
Space - 10/27/2012, 3:24 PM
OMG I can't wait!!!

superotherside - 10/27/2012, 3:25 PM
I think looks the part pretty well, although... he seems a little old at times. Glad to hear that the rings do give him some power, hopefully we'll get a good back story for him.
Darklypse - 10/27/2012, 3:29 PM
If they include Fin Fang Foom, I'll die of fangasming.
rocky - 10/27/2012, 3:31 PM
The Mandarin is half Brit half asian so Kingsley is perfect for the role except the asian half in the comics is Chinese/Mongol not Indian
TheBeard - 10/27/2012, 3:33 PM
i was worried they would be all show. just a nod to people who have actually read a iron man comic. glad i was wrong.
soberchimera - 10/27/2012, 3:33 PM
I wanna see Ultimo!!!
Tony93 - 10/27/2012, 3:41 PM
He looks like a.. lawn gnome :/
CrashTest - 10/27/2012, 3:41 PM
@ Ranger 14

The Mandarin father was Chinese and a descendant of Genghis Khan, his mother was English, so Kingsley can kiiiinnnddaa pull it off but not really. His Hairs style alone suggest that he is from Chinese descent. So there can be fan issue that some like to make it out to be.

I like Ben and I look forward to seeing his performance but I wouldn't have cast him in this role. After hearing his voice and seeing his appearance, I would have rather seen a more traditional take with an actor who looks like he is the decent of Genghis Kahn, thats what gives him allot of his back bone! Someone with a voice like The Shadow Khan in the "Shadow". His Look and accent were great.

SageMode - 10/27/2012, 3:43 PM
Awesome. Hes gonna own the role.
95 - 10/27/2012, 3:49 PM
Wow. I'm even more confident about this Mandarin rendition now that I've seen this photograph. He's really got that "head mother[frick]er in charge" look.
Niuhll - 10/27/2012, 3:50 PM
1/5th of the Worlds population is said to be a Descendent of Ghengis Kahn, so they could of pretty much picked a name out of hat for that casting and been close aha.
JordanKing - 10/27/2012, 3:51 PM
Just a hunch.. but I think Kingsley will do phenomenal in the role. Here's hoping..
95 - 10/27/2012, 3:54 PM
Osama, I mean, The Mandarin looks exactly how I thought he would: Ottoman/Mongolian.
CrashTest - 10/27/2012, 3:54 PM
@ Niuhll

Not all the population looks to be a descendent, this is CBM, when artist do a piece on a character who is a descendent of Julius Caesar Im sure they're not going to make him look Asian.
TrueRedBlue - 10/27/2012, 3:56 PM
Phase 2 is looking like it'll be beter than Phase 1! If that's even possible, of course!
Optimus83 - 10/27/2012, 4:04 PM


still looks like Osama Bin Laden. looks great ... however, I hope that does not offend people of the Arab peoples

sigue viéndose como Osama Bin Laden. ...sin embargo luce estupendo, espero que no se ofendan la gente de los pueblos árabes
Niuhll - 10/27/2012, 4:07 PM
@crashtest Well that depends on the migration patterns of all following members of the Ceasar line. In fact one of Ceasar's sons was part Egyptian so. But mine was more of joke about how Kahn couldn't keep it in his pants more than anything else.
95 - 10/27/2012, 4:12 PM
You know I'm crazy about speculating, so let me drop a theory about the rings: When strong beams of light pass through (or reflect off of) the rings' mineral — wavelengths are amplified into an extremely powerful laser. Essentially, I think the rings are an arc reactor alternative.

They need a power source for the Coldblood Firepower characters. And I don't think they're going to repeat the replicating Tony's arc reactor story again. So I seriously think the rings are a power source. In the trailer, The Mandarin cocks a gun and his fingers are ringless. So, at one point at least, he takes off the rings. He would place them in a circle (like the Ten Rings insignia) and bam! An arc reactor for his armored army.
95 - 10/27/2012, 4:14 PM
I've always imagined that Marvel will take this more grounded route and I'm pretty sure they really have.
PapaII - 10/27/2012, 4:19 PM
Magical or technologic rings, i don't care. I like changes, as long the scripts is good and he delivers in the role, i mean, i hope that Mandarin is not underused as Wiplash was.
CoughCough - 10/27/2012, 4:24 PM
There is something written on this shirt. Can anyone make it out what it says?
NeoBaggins - 10/27/2012, 4:24 PM
@Optimus83 That's an interesting observation you've made. Kingsly does look more middle-eastern than Asian, but now that I think about it, this look might tie the film in with the first one. He looks like the terrorist from Iron Man.

If Raza returns and we get a little Rockwell's Justin Hammer, things may get perrity sweet in the building.
Bane2099 - 10/27/2012, 4:26 PM
So does the magazine go into detail how the rings work and how they are the source of his power?
BasedThanos - 10/27/2012, 4:30 PM
Kingsley is gonna own this role, I can just feel it. On the aliens thing, I guess its no big deal, they just better have a good story behind the rings. I mean they could still be alien tech, they don't have to physically show any aliens. It wouldn't be that big a deal after The Avengers.
Jollem - 10/27/2012, 4:40 PM
doesn't really look or sound like the mandarin, but it'll do. if it's good

just like rdjr.'s tony stark. lot's of liberties were taken with the character but it's good enough
Bane2099 - 10/27/2012, 4:41 PM
Just did a quick comparison of the markings on The Mandarins' rings from the trailer to that of the writing shown in The Ten Rings Organazation emblem/banner from Iron Man 1, they seem to match up, so looks to be that Mandarin and the rings have been around for a while and the terrorist group modeled theyre insignia from the symbols on his rings.
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