The Mandarin and his Ten Rings featured in Iron Man 3?

While we don’t yet know if Theroux will be involved in the next Iron Man adventure, but the current plan is for Jon Favreau to again helm the project [Update: Favreau dropped out and Shane Black took over]. So, what he is thinking for Iron Man 3?

” ‘Iron Man 3,’ to pay it off, there’s so much left to understand about what the world is going to be like then… You’ve got ‘Thor,’ ‘Captain America,’ ‘Avengers’ all happening with different directors before ‘Iron Man 3,’ and that’s all going to affect ‘Iron Man 3.’ ”

“And what’s going to have happened by then?… With ‘Thor,’ you’re going to have all this supernatural stuff happening, and magic. There’s a lot of stuff going on in the world; if it’s going to match the comic book, it’s going to be incredibly complex for a film. I’m curious to see how they handle all that stuff.”

I touched on this point above but making a solo movie might be a little more complex than it seems. Why would Iron Man be off fighting his own enemy without the help of his superhero friends? What will The Avengers be doing in the meantime?

Favreau continues to seemingly confirm that the Mandarin almost has to be the featured villain of Iron Man 3.

“You’ve got to do the Mandarin… The problem with the Mandarin is that the way it’s depicted in the comic books, you don’t want to see that.

“He has 10 magical rings — that just doesn’t feel right for our [franchise]… So it’s either tech-based, or the rings are not really rings. But maybe with Thor and all those others, you’ll introduce magic to that world and it won’t seem so out of place.”

Thor has always had the question of concern of how it will be accepted. Iron Man is based in our reality but Thor is coming from another realm and is a god. With his introduction, it will open up the possibility for more supernatural/mystical elements for Iron Man to play with but will those themes clash? Will fans openly accept that push into deeper fiction?

Perhaps they’ll make significant changes to the character. We’ve already seen them turn the mystical 10 rings of the Mandarin into an organization rather than a literal set of 10 magic rings that Mandarin wears.

As we find out more, Screen Rant will let you know.

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Iron Man 3 does not yet have a release date but we can expect to see it either after The Avengers in 2012 or by 2013 at the latest. If you’re interested, join our discussion on when Iron Man 3 is coming.

Sources: MovieWeb, MTV

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