A few days ago Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige touched on director Shane Black’s take on Iron Man when he discussed how Tony Stark would be stripped of all his flashy toys. In an extended interview with MTV, Feige talked about how the director is adapting Iron Man’s most notorious foes- the Mandarin.
Feige said that Black found a take on Mandarin that really fit with where they wanted to take Tony this time around. The Marvel movie master praised the director saying he is all about tone and brought “such a love of cinema and of this character in particular to the movie” that he thinks it feels really fresh. The movie will step away from the evil Fu Man Chu villain we are used to and go for something more modern and relentless:
When we took away the notion of the Fu Man Chu and ‘I found rings in a spaceship,’ we got much more to ‘How do we bring his Ten Rings organization and make it scary the way real-life terrorists can be scary, but also much more theatrical and flamboyant, like how the Mandarin was in the comics?’ So we made him very public and had him take credit for his actions, to announce them in a very public way before striking. That’s good for a movie, because it makes things very dramatic, and it also brings the Mandarin into the 21st century, where the videos you pass through the 24-hour news cycle is as important as the strike itself.
The Mandarin will have his ten rings [pictured above], but it sounds more and more likely that they’ll just be some fancy jewelry for the terrorist leader. While that aspect may not sit well with everyone, it does look like they are making him just as bad and menacing as his comic book counterpart. The terrorist aspects and Feige’s comments on the 24-hour news cycle really opens up some ripe areas of exploration for Black and company. What do you think? Do you like the new direction you’ve heard so far or would you rather have a more faithful adaptation?
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Source : MTV