‘Iron Man 3′ Begins Filming in China; Wang Xueqi NOT Playing Radioactive Man?

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Iron Man 3 Thor 2 Story Spoilers Iron Man 3 Begins Filming in China; Wang Xueqi NOT Playing Radioactive Man?

The big baddie in Iron Man 3 is, of course, Sir Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin, but other villainous sorts from the comics – like Eric Savin (James Badge Dale) and Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) – are appearing in an integral (if limited) capacity. On the hero’s side, new franchise additions include potential future S.H.I.E.L.D. employee Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall) - but not Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) Avengers ally Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), sadly.

IM3 rumors point to Stephanie Szostak cameoing as Janet van Dyne (Wasp), as lead-in to having an expanded role in The Avengers 2. Similarly, Wang Xueqi is reported to have met with executive producer Dan Mintz about the role of Chen Lu (Radioactive Man) after Andy Lau stepped away from the Marvel project.

Co-writer/director Shane Black begins the Mainland China portion of his Iron Man 3 shoot today, even though Marvel remains in the process of filing for co-producer status (alongside the film’s Chinese distributor, DMG Entertainment). Deadline is confirming that Wang has joined the production, but describes his involvement as “a new character” referred to as Dr. Wu (who is not expected to play “a huge part” in the proceedings).

Now, this update doesn’t, per se, discount the Radioactive Man theory entirely. For starters, Marvel heads like their secrets and are willing to go the whole nine yards to preserve them. (Remember those denials that Kingsley is the main villain in IM3?) Moreover, when Lau was onboard, his role was said to be (via Twitch) “a Chinese scientist who comes to the aid of his old buddy Tony Stark”; it wasn’t until after his departure that the Chen Lu claims popped up. That might mean the role has been altered for Wang; it could also mean that “Dr. Wu” is just a cover meant to keep the seasoned Chinese actor’s (whom Deadline calls “the Sean Connery of China”) real identity in the film under wraps.

Xueqi Wang Iron Man 3 Begins Filming in China; Wang Xueqi NOT Playing Radioactive Man?

Wang Xueqi is playing ‘Dr. Wu’ in ‘Iron Man 3′

Wang playing Radioactive Man also makes sense from a shared movie universe perspective, as the character does have a hot/cold relationship with Ant-Man from the comics due to his shifting alliances over the years (and there remains a strong chance the IM3 post-credits scene will introduce Henry Pym). Either way, it’s long been acknowledged that Wang won’t be a major player in the third Iron Man flick; though, again, that raises questions concerning why a Chinese A-lister is being recruited for a bit role – unless, it could blossom into something bigger in the future…

What do you make of all this? Speculate away in the comments section!


Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black, based on a screenplay he co-wrote with Drew Pearce. It stars Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, William Sadler, James Badge Dale, Xueqi Wang and the voice of Paul Bettany.

Iron Man 3 releases May 3rd, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8th, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4th, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1st, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1st, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6th, 2015.


Source: Deadline, Twitch

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  1. Who else can’t help thinking of the Radioactive Man from the Simpsons?

    • i was just about to say that. i think thats a big problem for marvel because they dont want to go into it and have hate from casuals that say they copied the simpsons, crazy but it will happen.

      its gonna be the same for DC if is true that darkseid is in fact the villain for JL because thanos is the avengers villain and they are very similar. even though darksied came first in comics it wont matter because casuals will say thats its copying from the movies.

    • I think I would probably rather see The Simpsons’ Radioactive Man than Marvel’s…

    • Up and Adam.

      • LOL

    • Up and At-them.

  2. it may be just a nod to the comics like the Iron Patriot armor is…bringing in a Chinese A-Lister help sell the movie in China…could be the only reason for having him…sad but possibly true

    • yeah, i was actually shocked when i heard asia only lets a few movies from america to enter their cinemas.

      • China, not Asia overall. And, you shouldn’t be surprised that a totalitarianesque government would do that.

  3. Sounds fiendish.

    • lol i think Dr. Wu holds tony stark hostage on his island of kung-fu treachery

  4. Its funny how Wang Xue Qi is called the Sean Connery of China.
    Here in China he is nothing like him,and not really that famous in general.

    • I imagine it’s quite hard to pull of a strong Scottish accent if you’re Chinese?

  5. Dr. Wu? Maybe they should have Matt Smith in the role…

    • Hahaha!

  6. I seriously doubt we’ll be seeing Radioactive Man… mainly because I remember reading an article a while back where they said Radioactive Man wouldn’t be Radioactive Man – I recall them saying he would be a “toned down” version of the character with a slight “spin”.

    I could be wrong of course, but I think some of these rumors are getting a little out of hand… this movie can’t have EVERYTHING lol.

    • I agree. It may be just a “form” of him without giving him the “radioactive man” title.

      What I’m wondering is why they have him come in so late, and as to exactly how long they’ll be shooting in China.

      The scenes they may be shooting are for the end of the film, but who really knows…

      Because in the trailer they show him “going under” to get the extremist virus..

      • Which in turn means this scene should have been shot obviously been shot during the scene where they have him on the operating table, why would they shoot like 4 scenes in china for that particular scene? I’ll wait til the film comes out to make any more opinions. But idk.

      • Which in turn means this scene should have obviously been shot during the scene where they have him on the operating table, why would they shoot like 4 scenes in china for that particular scene? I’ll wait til the film comes out to make any more opinions. But idk.

  7. “Up and at them”

  8. Sorry if I’m late to the party but she would be brilliant as Wasp… I think she totally looks the part.

  9. Want Radioactive Man!
    Want Wasp! Want Ant-Man!
    Gimmee candy!

  10. Iron Man 3 will be the best movie on 2012. i cant wait.