New ‘Iron Man 3′ TV Spot Features First Look at Mandarin’s Extremis Soldiers

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As we enter the final stretch of marketing and promotion leading up to “Phase Two” of Marvel’s cinematic universe, we are seeing more and more goodies (spoilers?) start to drop. This week alone has brought concept art from every Phase Two movie – that’s Captain America: The Winter SoldierThor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy and of course, Iron Man 3 – but that’s just the tip of the iceberg; interviews and rumors have also supplied us with tantalizing details on possible villains and casting deals that would prove to be pretty sweet if they work out.

The level of attention that Iron Man 3 is getting is pretty ridiculous; as official masters of the online marketing game, Marvel has slowly rolled out artwork and armor designs featured in the film, as well as some revealing TV spots to help build fan interest. Today, we have yet another Iron Man 3 TV Spot, this time focusing on some of the mysteries surrounding The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and the exact nature of the threat he will unleash against Tony Stark and the world.

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Iron Man 3 director Shane Black and screenwriter Drew Pearce have clearly borrowed from several Iron Man comic book story arcs (find out which ones HERE), including the multiple chapters on the Extremis virus – a nano-techonological weapon that basically transforms humans into cyborg-type creatures. We’ve known for some time that IM3 would detail Tony’s use of Extremis and the Mandarin’s plan to create an army of super-tech-soldiers using the virus (aided by Guy Pearce’s scientist character, Aldrich Killain) – but despite seeing an overflow of spoilerific details about the film in recent months (like Tony’s Iron Legion Army) we really haven’t seen much of the Mandarin’s forces… until now.

It’s jut a quick shot in the TV Spot, but that one Extremis Soldier who appears at the 20-second mark (possibly the Eric Savin character played by James Badge Dale?) looks pretty much in line with the original Extremis baddie, Mallen – down to the red eyes and bullet holes in the chest. Check it out:



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Extremis soldier from Iron Man comic books


Now watch the new TV Spot over at EW:


Iron Man 3 Mandarin TV Spot New Iron Man 3 TV Spot Features First Look at Mandarins Extremis Soldiers


Further revelations from the trailer come in the form of The Mandarin’s initial address to the world, in which he says, “My fellow Americans, my soldiers will destroy your country.” The wording of that dialogue lends credit to two things:

  1. That this version of the Mandarin could be, as Marvel Movie head Kevin Feige explained, a former master CIA-type guy who went “Col. Kurtz” out in the field and has since turned against the country, icons, and values he once fought for. That backstory would explain his ability to get away with brilliantly twisted terrorist attacks – and why he sports things like a Captain America anarchy tattoo
  2. That Iron Man 3 will indeed end with a finale involving Tony’s Iron Legion against the Mandarin’s Extremist hordes. An ending already being called ‘bigger than the finale of Avengers.’

At this point, we’re good with leaving all other surprises on the table until Iron Man 3 actually hits theaters. But, with a month of promotion still to go, something tells us a few more cats will be let out of the proverbial bag. Best turn away soon, if you want to remain fresh for the actual movie.


Iron Man 3 will be in theaters on May 3rd; Lucky people in overseas markets can see it in IMAX starting April 25th.

Source: EW

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  1. Thinking of doing an Eric Cartman, and freezing myself until this movie comes out. ;)

    • only 21 days.

      • 29 here:( stoopid europe

        only kidding to all my peeps across the pond :)

    • “Little boy, you have been frozen for 5,000 years. All of your friends and family are dead.”
      “I DON’T CARE! IS IRON MAN 3 OUT YET?!?!?!?”

      • and the rest of phase 2 and 3 :D

  2. Looks fantastic!

    Does anybody turn away from Screen Rant when possible spoilers are about to be revealed?

    Anyone turn off the podcast at the spoiler alert?

    I don’t think so.

  3. I don’t feel spoiled at all. Okay we have a few suits, and the obvious Extremis related things we already knew that were going to be included. That’s not that much imo.

  4. I love how the studio keeps stressing that the finale is “bigger than the avengers” as if that was a great reference for comparison. Was I the only one completely underwhelmed by the climax?

    • yes you were.

    • Yes. You were.

    • Yup.

    • @ J corn

      Yes you were.

      • Nope, not at all.

        Really looking forward to this though. 21 days to go and growing more excited with each passing day.

      • you really were. only one.

    • indeed you were. Thor/Hulk on that back of a giant flying monster, bashing aliens together is not underwhelming

    • The avengers ending suck to me

  5. The more I see of this movie the better it looks. This could be the best Marvel movie to date.

  6. I think your on the wrong site if your worried about spoilers haha I can never stay away

    21 days!!! Damn it so close.

    I’m already excited for this but I’m defintely intrested on this final battle being bigger then avengers. Avengers was pretty big so I’m looking forward to see how they too that.
    But they almost have to top it.

  7. EXCELSIOR True Believers!

  8. This is going to be really interesting, looking forward to see Aldrich Killain’s back story.

  9. What has me most excited about the finale? Suit switching. You see it at the end of this trailer, but it goes by quickly.

    The general idea of the Iron Legion is that he has control over all the suites, but not as much as the suit he is currently occupying. Given that all of these suites have very specialized functions in addition to being a basic weapons platform, the opportunity to see Tony pop out of one suit and into another for various reasons (avoid attack, use function of suit, etc).

    So you load up the whole army for the finally, and if the final battle is well choreographed as I’m expecting (and I have not seen any indication otherwise), the tricks Tony can play with his suites has me truly excited.

  10. I just hope all these new suits aren’t wasted. I hate it when all this cool stuff is in the trailers and promo pictures and interviews and it is in the movie for about eight seconds. And usually is pointless and underwhelming.

    I hope that won’t be the case. I hope all these suits don’t end up feeling like a repeat of IM2 either.

  11. To be honest, I’m already thinking of staying away from this type of posts to make my watching experience ‘fresh’…
    The biggest problem is how to overcome curiosity and to avoid myself from reading these because of the hype continuously building in my veins.
    Should I just stop using the internet for a while to make it work? Haha

    • I know I’m trying to do the same thing. That’s why I’m forcing myself not to read those two spoilers at the bottom. But I can’t stay away from spoilers idk why!!!
      Although the Thanos ending really took me by surprise I was so hyped.

  12. Damn. I know I just HAD to watch that TV spot, but man does it feel like I’ve seen most of the film already.

  13. Man, I am falling out of my chair – what an awesome clip! Now I understand what Whedon was referring to when he saw this and said “What am I supposed to do with THAT?!?!” What an awesome comic element brought to life on the big screen! and looks pretty hard to top (or even include in the upcoming Avengers 2 storylines!)
    I tell you, Iron Man is the TRUE Superman – heck, Superman’s not even a real human, he’s an alien! Tony Stark is like Batman on Steroids, without the grumpiness, and way smarter – his superpower is simply his mind and resources, which opens the door to basically any superpower you can think of with tech. I get more fired up about this movie with each new tidbit released…

  14. I don’t want bigger action then avengers. I want better action then avengers. Avenger have bigger action but more then half action have no reason.

  15. That doesn’t look like James Badge Dale to me. More like a ‘Chinese’ baddie – possibly the Absorbing Man (referenced in a previous trailer here on Screenrant)? The red eyes do seem to have the Extremis look though.