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Kevin Feige Defends Iron Man 3’s Fake Mandarin and Talks Shang Chi’s Real One!


Iron Man was the film that kicked off the MCU so it was only right that the armored billionaire got the first Marvel trilogy. But the two sequels could never reach the heights of the first film, while Iron Man 3 managed to piss off whole swathes of fans who were duped by the fake Mandarin. Now, Kevin Feige has come forward in defense of the twist and talked what its like having Tony Leung play the real leader of the Ten Rings in Shang-Chi.

Iron Man 3 was released in 2013, it was the kicking off point for what we know now as Phase 2 of the MCU. It was also the first major Marvel release after The Avengers and the threequel did not disappoint at the box office, making over $1.2 billion and coming within reaching distance of the ensemble flick released about a year ago. But, to this day, the Shane Black directed movie is mired in controversy which has resulted in fans dismissing the film altogether.

Shane Black is the master of dark humor and twist ending where he tries to shock the audience. He is also one of the respected action-comedy directors of Hollywood but people cannot seem to get past what many consider to be the Mandarin faux pas. But Kevin Feige knows the people behind the scenes love the twist and even talked how it set up a return in Shang-Chi.

Shane Black’s Iron Man 3 Mandarin Twist – Kevin Feige Loves It

In 2013, Avengers made sure everyone was paying attention to what Marvel was doing with their superhero universe. While others were trying and failing to replicate the success of Kevin Feige and team, the producer was expanding the universe further as it became evident a year after Iron Man 3 was released.

But going with their way of hiring unorthodox directors for their superhero movies, Shane Black was brought in to helm the third Iron Man movie. It was revealed during the promotional stages that one of the biggest Iron Man villains, Mandarin, the leader of the Ten Rings, would be the main villain of Robert Downey Jr. led flick.

Sir Ben Kingsley was hired to play the role and there was genuine excitement among comic book fans that Mandarin was coming to the big screen. Well, we all know how that turned out in the end as Ben Kingsley’s villainous turn was revealed as a disguise. Ben was playing an actor named Trevor Slattery who was the face for all the crimes committed by Aldrich Killian. Kevin Feige speaking with Rotten Tomatoes went on to back the decision of faking out the audience.

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The head of Marvel at Disney said that the existence of Trevor should not make Mandarin irrelevant. Kevin Feige mentioned that all of them love the scene and most fans do to, only the comic heavy crowd was affected by the change. But he also mentioned that meeting the fake one will help just appreciate Tony Leung as the super villain in the upcoming Shang-Chi movie.

Kevin said, “Tony Leung playing Shang-Chi’s father and the leader of the Ten Rings is another pinch-yourself, dream-come-true moment. He’s one of the best actors of our time and we’re very excited to have him introduced to, I hope, a whole new fan base who might not be aware of his spectacular work that he’s done.”

Eight years ago, a fake Mandarin was introduced to the world and in Shang-Chi we will get to meet the real one. This time they will afford the super villain, the respect that he deserves. We will also get a deeper dive into the Ten Rings, instead of just staged footage from Aldrich in Iron Man 3. All will be revealed when Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings arrives in theatres on 3 September 2021.

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Last modified: July 2, 2021