MANDARIN: CBM Essentials

MANDARIN: CBM Essentials

Check out a detailed break down of the Marvel villain's history in comics, as he is set to make his big screen debut in Iron Man 3 when he is brought to life by Sir Ben Kingsley.

First Appearance

The Mandarin first appeared in Tales of Suspense #50 (February 1964), written by Stan Lee, who created the character, and illustrated by Don Heck, who initially designed the character.

The Mandarin's father was one of the wealthiest men in pre-revolutionary mainland China, while his mother was an English noblewoman. He was born in an unnamed village in mainland China before the Communist revolution. The boy's parents died soon after his birth, and he was raised by his aunt, who was embittered against the world and raised him with much the same attitude. Every last bit of the family fortune was spent obsessively training the Mandarin in science and combat, with the result that he was completely broke upon reaching adulthood. Unable to pay the taxes on his ancestral home, the Mandarin was evicted by the government.

Hoping to find a means of avenging himself upon the civilization that had taxed him and rendered him homeless, the Mandarin explored the forbidden "Valley of Spirits,".  There he found the starship of the dragon-like alien, Axonn-Karr of Maklu IV, who had come to Earth centuries ago. Over the following years, the Mandarin studied Makluan science until he mastered it. He also learned how to use the ten rings he found within the starship which were apparently its propulsion source. The Mandarin then became a conqueror and subjugated the villages around the Valley, and, through his advanced science, he embarked on a long series of attempts to achieve world domination.

The Mandarin sees technology as the surest means to achieve his goals. Over the years, he has frequently attempted to turn the weapons of various nations against them. Among the Mandarin's earliest schemes is the sabotage and theft of American missiles and spy planes built by Tony Stark.

Looks and Costumes

Alternate Realities

Left: This Mandarin was one of the villains Tanaraq had the Exiles retrieve in order to track the source of the Tallus, and the location of the Timebroker.

Center: A Mandarin who was able to conquer and enslaved a quarter of the people of China

Right: This Mandarin used his wealth to become a "philosopher pirate" and became one with the Dragon Lines that circle the globe

Animated Depictions

Iron Man Animated Series

In this series, the Mandarin (voiced by Ed Gilbert in season one, and Robert Ito in season two) is an archaeologist named Arnold Brock who finds ten gems, which he fastens into his power rings.

Iron Man Armored Adventures

Gene Khan appears as the Mandarin in the animated series Iron Man: Armored Adventures, voiced by Vincent Tong. Gene’s stepfather, Xin Zhang, initially claims to be the "true Mandarin", until he is imprisoned by Gene.

The Invincible Iron Man

The Mandarin is featured in the animated movie The Invincible Iron Man, he was voiced by Fred Tatasciore. In this version the Mandarin is an ancient ruler of a Chinese dynasty; he appears as a spiritual projection at the film's climax.

Live Portrayals

Iron Man 3

Ben Kingsley will portray the Mandarin in Iron Man 3

Powers and Abilties

The Mandarin possesses superhuman physical prowess. The Mandarin can survive for years without food and water by living on stored Chi.

The Mandarin is a superb athlete with tremendous skill in the various Oriental martial arts.

The Mandarin is one of the world's greatest scientific geniuses. Not only has he made himself into an authority on Makluan science, but he has also built upon this knowledge by making further discoveries based upon it.

The Mandarin is extremely knowledgeable on ancient history, specifically that of Asia and China.

WeaponsMakluan Power Rings; The Mandarin can psionically activate these for a variety of effects.

Ice Blast Ring (Left Little Finger): This ring allows the Mandarin to project waves of up intense cold and ice, including trapping foes in ice blocks and sheaths.

Mento-Intensifier Ring (Left Ring Finger): This ring magnifies the Mandarin’s psionic energies, allowing him to mentally manipulate the thoughts and actions of others.

Mental Illusions – The Mandarin may psionically generate illusions within the minds of others. These illusions are very realistic and are capable of affecting all of the senses (vision, hearing, taste, touch and smell).

Mental Paralysis – The Mandarin may psionically manipulate the minds of others, temporarily paralyzing them.

Electro-Blast Ring/Lightning Ring (Left Middle Finger): This ring allows the Mandarin to project blasts of Electrical Energy.

Flame-Blast Ring (Left Index Finger): This ring allows the Mandarin to project blasts of infrared to produce flame or ignite combustible materials.

White Light Ring (Left Thumb): This ring allows the Mandarin to generate and manipulate various forms of electromagnetic energy

Light Burst – The Mandarin may generate bursts of high intensity light to blind opponents.

Gravity Field – The Mandarin may encase opponents in a field of heavy gravity, pinning them to the surfaces.

Magnetic Levitation – The Mandarin may utilize electromagnetic fields to levitate and manipulate objects.

Image Projection – The Mandarin may project holographic illusions. He can also produce multiple images to confuse an opponent, or make a substantially larger version of himself.

Black Light Ring (Right Little Finger): This Ring allows the Mandarin to create an area of darkness, presumably using Darkforce energy to do so.

Disintegration Beam Ring (Right Ring Finger): This ring allows the Mandarin to project a beam of energy capable of destroying the bonds between the atoms and molecules, causing inanimate objects to disintegrate. This ring must recharge for 20 minutes after each use.

Vortex Beam Ring (Right Middle Finger): The ring causes the air to move about at high speed in a vortex. The vortex can be used as an offensive weapon, as a means of levitating objects, or as a means of propelling the ring's wearer through the air.

Impact Beam Ring (Right Index Finger): This Ring allows the Mandarin to generate and project various beams of concussive force.

Force Blast (Electron Beam, Neutron Beam) – The Mandarin may project blasts of concussive energy.

Sonic Beam – The Mandarin may project waves of high-intensity sound.

Matter-Rearranger Ring (Right Thumb): This Ring allows the Mandarin to manipulate the atomic and molecular structures of matter. It cannot transmute elements or affect objects encased in force or energy fields.

Poison Gas – The Mandarin may transform the surrounding air into a Toxic gas.

Solidify Gas – The Mandarin may solidify the air around opponents, encasing them in blocks of cement-like material.

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astromerc - 10/24/2012, 12:38 AM
Yeah, but Marvel probably won't use the rings too much, if at all, because of the Infinity Gauntlet Thanos wears. 2 weapons both for the hands. Then again...
ShadowOfTheWeb - 10/24/2012, 12:42 AM
Great article, thanks for the info @Witness
DevilHulk666 - 10/24/2012, 12:46 AM
Tony is gonna get his arse kicked
faceeraser44 - 10/24/2012, 1:01 AM
Im likin the tone of this movie already.
Deadpool101 - 10/24/2012, 1:13 AM
this was a great idea! He is a good villain... about to be great villian
CorronZenith30 - 10/24/2012, 1:25 AM
Nice article
word1one - 10/24/2012, 1:31 AM
Why do I have the feeling that this will be a watered-down version of the mandarin that is nothing like the comics. I hope I'm wrong...
Kayo - 10/24/2012, 1:41 AM
bring on the awesomeness
TheMalcontent - 10/24/2012, 1:58 AM
@TheWitness Thank you! I don't no how many times I have tell these people on this site that the Mandarin has nothing to do with magic of any kind!

Alien technology! He is a scientist, historian and engineer!

He is not some wizard/sorcerer or even use magic/magical weapons.

I argued with some of the most frequent users and largest editors.

So again thank you. Good stuff. I like thew whole setup too.
TheGambitFreak - 10/24/2012, 1:59 AM
Perhaps the best movie to come from Marvel Studios yet. If nothing else, Marvel knows how to grab the fans by the balls. Thus, I am hanging on by a string!

Ladies, Children, Sheep...
Some call me a Terrorist
I consider myself a Teacher
Lesson number 1:
There is no such thing.
marvel72 - 10/24/2012, 2:03 AM
i wonder if the mandarin(ben kingsley)will be able to knock loki(tom hiddleston) off the top spot as marvel studios best villain.

best villain

1st loki
2nd iron monger
3rd red skull
4th abomination
5th general ross
6th whiplash
7th justin hammer
NorseGod - 10/24/2012, 2:06 AM
You forgot that he is also able to break into Stark's lab to steal technology that will help reanimate submarine sailors in about one year's time.

StSharp - 10/24/2012, 2:15 AM
I hope his rings have power in the film instead of just being there for show.

Gulon180 - 10/24/2012, 2:32 AM
so everybody is more concerned with what if anything his rings will do over the fact that an Asian character named The Mandarin is being played by an actor with everything in his bloodline but Chinese. Were there no Chinese actors available?
NorseGod - 10/24/2012, 2:44 AM
@Gulon180 they probably didn't want to make him into a "racist caricature"...
Gulon180 - 10/24/2012, 2:56 AM
@ NorseGod well played sir....bully to you
Gulon180 - 10/24/2012, 2:59 AM
@ NorseGod i love to see J.S.L play the part...hell i settle for D.B. Wong
shadyginzo - 10/24/2012, 3:50 AM
@Astromerc. To be honest I wouldn't be a bit surprised if they used the rings and then thanos gauntlets. Cosmic cube appeared in three films.
1ncredibleJ0C - 10/24/2012, 3:55 AM
He has to have some type of contol over tony's downfall i mean he might not use all ten rings but i hope the liar ring works well i hope all the rings work c'mon Marvel atleast make one hand work lol no pun intended
BlackSun77 - 10/24/2012, 4:01 AM
Why does he look like David Lo Pan
siggisuperman - 10/24/2012, 4:18 AM
@Gulan, Mandarin in the comics is Half english, half chinese. European/Asian.

Ben is Half English, half Indian. That is European/Asian.

Would you care as much if he was half Asian half Australian. Or Asian-American. Would that be racist towards people from England ?

Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Pandit Bhanji, he's ASIAN/EUROPEAN just like the Mandarin.
1ncredibleJ0C - 10/24/2012, 5:20 AM
sry its not about him being european/asian the real problem guys is that we need to know if the rings have the power their supposed to idc if he was being played by smeegle from LOTR we want a flying lighting conjuring flame throwing bad arse to whoop Irom Man
Jollem - 10/24/2012, 5:21 AM
i remember these kinds of articles

still not that jazzed for robert downey jr. 3. trailer was okay. nothing mind blowing

MINO don't got nothin' on BINO :)
StephenStrange - 10/24/2012, 6:03 AM
Great article. Too bad Mandy won't have all those powers in the movie.

But if he had at least a few then I would be satisfied.

But they probably won't.
StephenStrange - 10/24/2012, 6:04 AM

Oh yeah. Because India is in Asia, it's all good then. It all makes sense now. Fer sure
StarkAnthony - 10/24/2012, 6:41 AM
Part of the reason they didn't make him Chinese is because not even the Chinese didnt want him. As he is hes been sort of a racist steretype in the past, and theyre going a different direction with the character in this movie. I didnt hear anyone complain that Bane wasn't Mexican.
SageMode - 10/24/2012, 6:48 AM
They didn't make Mandarin played by a Chinese actor because the chinese government are very asinine about being portrayed "stereotypically negative" in big box office movies, and plus China is a huge BO market.
SageMode - 10/24/2012, 6:48 AM

Bane is half-English and half-Santa Priscan
SuperDude001 - 10/24/2012, 6:49 AM
I'm fine he's not properl Chinese and that his look is a bit hobo-ish, the only real problem I have is his voice. It sounded like a cross between Hardy's Bane and George Bush to me :/
AztecRainGod - 10/24/2012, 7:03 AM
They are gonna amp the Mandarin up BIGTIME if Tony is really going to need an army of 40 Iron Men to take him on.

Then again, theres also FirePower and the Radioactive Man.

Rhodey is also still going to have Tonys back.
Jollem - 10/24/2012, 7:19 AM
"I didnt hear anyone complain that Bane wasn't Mexican."

are you kidding me? what didn't the masses complain with bane about?
StephenStrange - 10/24/2012, 7:24 AM
@ Sagemode: Your totally right about that. I bet the concern there would be that that making the villain Chinese might lead them to ban the film in China which would constitute a major loss of revenue. All about the $$$

But just as an intellectual curiosity I am wondering exactly how often does that really happen... that they are depicted as stereotypically negative in movies?

I can't really think of any. The Chicoms do have a rap sheet on serious human rights violations a mile long, but I can't seem to recall any fictional films depicting that. Only documentaries.

Here's a related article i found:
MisterNiceGuy - 10/24/2012, 7:27 AM
i think they are just trying to appeal to what todays world is like. Nobody cares about communism in china anymore. its all about terrorist. plus i dont think they want to offend their asian markets bc they do pony up alot of do for these movies. so i understand the change, as long as they dont call him the mandarin..just keep him nameless that will not hurt anybody...well most of us
MyInnerDork - 10/24/2012, 7:40 AM
Kingsley's look is definitely a hybrid of the Silver Age and modern comic versions of the Mandarin.
marvel72 - 10/24/2012, 7:47 AM
i loved the look of the mandarin in uncanny x-men 256 - 258(acts of vengeance wolverine vs mandarin & 1st new look psylocke)
AztecRainGod - 10/24/2012, 8:40 AM
When this flick becomes the highest grossing film of 2013, no one will give a shit about the Mandarins ethnicity.
MisterNiceGuy - 10/24/2012, 8:42 AM
There are 3 people with my avatar now... Great
AztecRainGod - 10/24/2012, 8:47 AM
Honestly, while I did have my problems with TDKR, Banes ethnicity was not one of them. At all.
Otter2269 - 10/24/2012, 8:56 AM
The mood of the trailer is perfect. I like the fact that this franchise is moving towards a bit darker and more disturbed interpretation of Mr. Stark.
Niuhll - 10/24/2012, 9:00 AM
It happened with Red Dawn, I believe, they had to re shoot a load of stuff because they had to change the invaders from Chinese to North Korea, all the flags were cgi'd to be North Korean etc, so you do have to be careful I guess.

So they picked the two other Hollywood bad guys, The Middle East and the English aha.
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