That is such a great "not giving a shit" stride. Fantastic. Personally, I really liked that twist. My 2 biggest grievances with Ironman 3 is that Guy Pierce's army is composed solely of wounded US veterans and that is incredibly insensitive. And the second is Guy Pierce's character itself. He's doing all this just because Tony snubbed him at a party 10 years ago? That is so stupid and petty.
That type of character is explored in Jane Austin's super hero book "Soon I Will be Invincible" with the villain Dr. Impossible. Everything he does is based on the hero Corefire stole his girlfriend back in high-school. 15 years later, he confronts Corefire and reveals it and the best part is the guy has no recollection of it or him! Dr. Impossible has been wasting his life on petty revenge! Picture that scene where Guy Piece is telling Tony is origins and imagine his reaction if Tony stated that he had absolutely no memory of him.
At least according to the Ironman 3 mobile game, Guy Piece is now MODOK, the most stupidly awesome villain ever.
I was plesently surprised with this take on the Mandarin for a few reasons. One, Ben Kingsley is hilarious in this role. Two, it was a good twist. And three, the Mandarin in the comics has never struck me as a villain for Iron Man. Iron Man on his own tends to take on foes like him who use advanced technology and science. While the Mandarin does have some of that element he's also a mystical eastern villain who seems more like a foe for Dr. Strange or Iron Fist.
I liked the twist, for the sake of the twist, but the movie...was terrible.
And they ruined the original Mandarin. What will you feel, when (for example) in Amazing Spider Man the guy who shoot Ben was the "real Lizard" or something?
I just wanted badass Mandarin from the trailers (not even a Chinese Asian guy, Kingsley was fine) with technological rings. Damn - If you do not want rings, give him Extermis virus instead! Was that a big deal?
But Kingley actor skills still were amazing. And your art is great also. And funny.
PS: Sorry for my bad English. I am not native english speaker.
[link] < the REAL Mandarin. The Mandarin made the absolute worst transition to film in superhero history. The Donnerverse Lex Luthor was done better. Even Schumacher's Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy were better. EVEN BANE FROM THE SAME MOVIE WAS BETTER! Iron Man 3 should be remade by someone who actually knows the comics.
I liked the plotwist, and Killian seemed to be the best villain in the movie (BREATHING FIRE FTW!!), since he wanted revenge against Tony and the government to finance his experiments (A.I.M is responsible for create M.O.D.O.K). Dont get me wrong, i LOVED Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin a lot!!
No he wasn't. Killian was Killian. The Mandarin is a guy with ten rings that each have a different power. He's not just a stupid corrupt businessman like their version of Killian. You want to know what happened to Killian in the comics? He shot himself after realizing what Extremis was doing.
to be fair, I'm glad they went in this direction with the mandarin
the movies usually have a theme of advanced technology and the mandarin, a user of magic (or alien technology, damn retcons) would throw this off (Imagin Trigon in a Batman movie for example). plus hey, he's right. you don't see the mandarin coming.