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.

Rearrange costume and/or alter appearance.

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