Despite being one of the highest grossing movies of all time, IRON MAN 3 managed to irk a lot of long-time comic book fans. The Mandarin, such a legendary foe of Tony Stark’s in the comic book world, was brought to the big screen and adapted wonderfully to fit into the modern-day MCU, excellently played by Sir Ben Kingsley. And then all of that was revealed to be a façade; a façade that angered many. Guy Pearce played Aldrich Killian in the movie, later being revealed to be the whole brains behind the attack on Stark, and he’s been giving his thoughts on the film’s twist.
Speaking to IGN, Pearce said, “Personally, I loved it. I was never a comic book fan growing up, so I have no attachment to the character. I mean, I get it. The loyalty to those characters, I totally get it. But based on the sort of single-entity movie – and particularly based on Ben Kingsley’s performance – I just adored what that turned into. But I do certainly understand that some diehard fans kind of went, ‘Awww… come on!’”
Safe to say, many of those who were left frustrated by the twist let out more than an ‘Awww… come on.’ Still, regardless of fanboy outcry, IRON MAN 3 took a massively-impressive $1.2 billion at the global box office. In fact, those who don't have any ties to the Marvel comic book characters generally loved IRON MAN 3, posing the age-old question of do we, as comic book fans, sometimes get a bit too precious about characters?
Marvel Studios and Disney have made very few missteps during their developing of the MCU, but The Mandarin twist and the recent ANT-MAN fiasco are two issues that stand out amongst their excellently-delivered world. And in fairness to Marvel, it appears that they have realised that The Mandarin swerve wasn’t the greatest of ideas, with the ALL HAIL THE KING One-Shot seemingly confirming that there is a very real Mandarin out there; one who isn’t Aldrich Killian or Trevor Slattery.
With no further IRON MAN movies confirmed at this stage, it stands to be seen whether we’ll see the real Mandarin make a big screen appearance. As for Iron Man himself, he'll be next up in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, which is released on 24th April, 2015 in the UK.
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