IRON MAN 3: Designs For Mandarin's Rings & Pepper Potts' Shrapnel Necklace

IRON MAN 3: Designs For Mandarin's Rings & Pepper Potts' Shrapnel Necklace

Andrea Dopaso illustrated props for Shane Black's box office hit, Iron Man 3. She designed rings for The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and a necklace for Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow). Come check them out!

People have been coming out in droves to see Marvel's latest film, Iron Man 3. But, the film's success at the box office doesn't mean all is well. Moviegoers have been divided upon the film's big twist, which is Ben Kingsley's Mandarin isn't really the Mandarin. But in fact Trevor Slattery, a drunken British actor hired by Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) to give Evil a face. So, those rings that Trevor/Mandarin wears, are purely decorative.

With that out of the way, let's appreciate some wonderfully beautiful and intricate designs for The Mandarin's rings, that were created by Andrea Dopaso.

Near the end of Iron Man 3, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has the shrapnel surgically removed from his chest. Then the film cuts away to a scene of Tony placing a necklace, with a heart-shaped pendant, around Pepper Potts' neck. That piece of jewelry is actually supposed to be made from Tony's shrapnel fragments that had been recently extracted. Sadly, none of Andrea's lovely designs below were used in the film.

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?

Iron Man 3 was directed by Shane Black, and will hit theaters May 3, 2013! The film stars: Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark), Gwyneth Paltrow (Virginia Potts), Don Cheadle (Col. James Rhodes), and Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin.
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rocky - 5/26/2013, 9:47 AM
I wonder if Sideshow will sell prop-replicas of the Mandarin rings
Abary - 5/26/2013, 9:48 AM
Why would they design those rings only for them to be shown for a couple seconds and have no purpose in the movie at all?
JoeMomma29 - 5/26/2013, 9:51 AM
Those rings are awesome too bad they were just props like the Mandarin!!!!
Parkerluckpersonified - 5/26/2013, 9:52 AM
i really wish they had done something etter with the mandarin, loved the film but reli do think it was a waste of a great character who could have been a real threat to ironman and fed his alien tech obsession/phobia through actual power rings
mctrinket - 5/26/2013, 9:55 AM
MrReese - 5/26/2013, 9:55 AM
Oh silly Trevor you and your fake rings. XD
DukeAcureds - 5/26/2013, 9:59 AM
Behold the Ten Rings of The Mandarin!!!
(He's very popular in the Chinese gay communities)
jlabatman - 5/26/2013, 9:59 AM
Nice trinkets!
MightyZeus - 5/26/2013, 10:02 AM
Whats the point of designing the 'rings' in this film if they dont serve any purpose...
ruadh - 5/26/2013, 10:05 AM
What's the point of designing anything for films? Why design a costume that'll be seen for two seconds, and blurred because they're moving too fast? Or a ship? Or anything? Why did the designers and builders on Lord of the Rings create EVERY single piece of furniture, cuttlery, or dishes seen (or hardly at all seen) in the films?
JoeMomma29 - 5/26/2013, 10:06 AM
@ raccoonwithrockets

I agree with you 100%, it was a way to trick us. Anyways some fansboys are alluding that the fake Mandarin got plastic surgery etc... to look like the real Mandarin.

That is just silly because no one knew who the Mandarin was or who he looked like! Such silliness if you ask me.
NeoBaggins - 5/26/2013, 10:14 AM
I love the sour grapes excuse for the raped Mandarin. "Mandarin was a shit character to begin with". They fail to realize that if the Mandarin, barely arguable as Starks arch nemesis, is shit, then Iron Man doesn't have any [frick]ing villains which is actually an inadvertent insult. In other words, it's a stupid defense to an obvious debacle.
SpectacularJoSh - 5/26/2013, 10:17 AM
I didn't mind too much about the twist...but this makes me go like: "Why even bother?"
Any way...still an awesome movie.
Haters can suck it.
clogan - 5/26/2013, 10:23 AM
[frick]ing symbolism, people.
nld3 - 5/26/2013, 10:23 AM
Why did the fake Mandarin even need rings? Oh yea to fake out the fans of the comics. I forgot. The Directer & writer are so clever!
Tony93 - 5/26/2013, 10:24 AM
They could have tied the mandarins origin story and motives from the first film.. and those rings were actually given to him somehow from an alien or good or share asgardian civilisation Imean Damn they just fought a God And aliens in the last movie....
Brainiac13 - 5/26/2013, 10:25 AM


And for the rings!!!! What was the point of having these in the movie!!!!!
JoeMomma29 - 5/26/2013, 10:25 AM
@ MrMartinMarvel

Yes why have the rings? Why sell us a Mandarin that never existed....

I know when I saw the trailer and saw those rings I was like that is the freakin Mandarin. And even if those rings did not have any alien technology behind them it was the essence of the Mandarin, and all we got was some drugged up stage actor.

That is my opinion, just like how I was little disappointed in Bane and how his mask only had pain killers no venom but in the end we did get a Bane so better than nothing.
kemuael - 5/26/2013, 10:27 AM
nice rings for a horrible movie!!!
QuanZen - 5/26/2013, 10:28 AM
What a waste...wasn't even any use for having the rings in the disappointing.
deamon - 5/26/2013, 10:34 AM
So good designs for just drunked bunga bunga guy, epic fail.
airbeyonder18 - 5/26/2013, 10:34 AM
I love the rings. But I don't like the concepts for the necklace. It's fine how it was in the film.
Tempo - 5/26/2013, 10:42 AM
Waste of talent and time,all this work for nothing.
LFANCH - 5/26/2013, 10:43 AM
I like the idea of the shrapnel being part of the necklace, but there is way too much shrapnel on those designs.
NeoBaggins - 5/26/2013, 10:44 AM
And the fake-out you guys speak of is that George Lucas-style fan contempt. Why emphasize the rings when the general public knows NOTHING about what they are or should be. It's strictly for the fans- people who are familiar with the character to recognize. While the general audience is none the wiser and having fun, Shane Black is tapping fans on the back and whispering into their ears....

[frick] you.
MisterBabadook - 5/26/2013, 10:50 AM
Too bad these weren't alien tech, expanding to an outer cosmic universe beyond Avengers.
JoeMomma29 - 5/26/2013, 10:52 AM
@ MrMartinMarvel

True if he was a real Mandarin and he did not have the rings some people if not most fans would be bugged! But I would have been more happy having a real Mandarin with no rings then a fake Mandarin with rings.

Dang when you say that out loud it just sounds silly!
JoeMomma29 - 5/26/2013, 10:54 AM

And I am sure DC trolls and Marvel fans laugh at people who are blind on how average the movie was!

rocky - 5/26/2013, 10:57 AM
The rings are there because the name of the terrorists was the Ten Rings.

I know it's complicated
jlabatman - 5/26/2013, 11:01 AM
Huh, that's funny I keep seeing alot of this:
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must be a perspective thing!
JoeMomma29 - 5/26/2013, 11:01 AM
@ MrMartinMarvel

Really cracks open a beer! Yeah that is hilarious and so cleaver!

And if that was to happen I would be happy instead of the feeling I just got legally robbed!
JoeMomma29 - 5/26/2013, 11:04 AM

LOL I did not know it was for me! I am not a DC Troll nor a Nolanite. I love DC and Marvel to death, I guess though I am guilty of being major butthurt over this stupid Mandarin twist.

Yeah I will agree with anyone that is time to move on and focus on something else. But it is like Jody Arias it just keeps coming back to screw you and bam it will end up killing you!

GUNSMITH - 5/26/2013, 11:05 AM

GodzillaKart - 5/26/2013, 11:06 AM
Best incarnation of the Mandarin in any media ever.
kadetra - 5/26/2013, 11:09 AM
what annoy me most about IM3 is not the movie itself but how the trailers didn't correspond with the movie.
rocky - 5/26/2013, 11:10 AM

Too true
And obviously people can't make the connection
with the first film and the Ten Rings
with the Mandarin's rings

MJPETTY7 - 5/26/2013, 11:11 AM
Wait, the Mandarin was in this movie?
NeoBaggins - 5/26/2013, 11:13 AM
Yes, he was the crackhead with the plastic rings. Oh wait, he was the blonde dude with... There was no Mandarin. =(
JoeMomma29 - 5/26/2013, 11:18 AM
@ NeoBaggins

LOL there is a Mandarin he is somewhere out there!!!
JoeMomma29 - 5/26/2013, 11:18 AM
Hey the trailer was 100% accurate when Mandarin said "You will never see me coming" so true no one would ever see the Mandarin coming because he was not real!
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