New Iron Man 3 Poster Spotlights Ben Kingsley’s Sinister Mandarin

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We’ve seen Don Cheadle as James Rhodes in his Iron Patriot armor, and Guy Pearce as a very David Caruso-like Aldrich Killian. And now this morning, Marvel has unveiled Ben Kingsley as the villainous Mandarin in the latest character poster for Iron Man 3.

The image provides us with perhaps our best look yet at the big-screen version of Tony Stark’s archenemy, who clearly draws from the character’s comic-book roots (he debuted in February 1964′s Tales of Suspense #50), while embracing some decidedly modern, and multicultural, fashion accessories. The sunglasses and dragon-embroidered camouflage pants are a nice touch.

Marvel Studios’ Iron Man 3 pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

Directed by Shane Black, Iron Man 3 also stars Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale and Ashley Hamilton. It opens May 3.

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  • Adam Walters

    The Mandarin with camo pants :)

  • Nik

    That’s a cool looking Mandarin.

  • Gon

    I just noticed the strong connection to Fidel Castro…

  • Gon

    I just noticed the strong connection to Fidel Castro…

  • Gene M.

    I just noticed the strong connection to Ed Hardy.

  • http://www.spinoffonline.com Kevin Melrose

     You win.

  • guestttt

    Looks like a pimped-out militant Stan Lee.

  • Fearitself

    I can’t be the only one laughing his ass off at this. He just looks so stupid in this.. I won’t be able totake him seriously if he is dressed like that.

  • chien_clean

    ah ha ha what the Hell is that

  • Waddupjoshjohn

    my kid asked me, “dad, i didn’t know that indian people speak mandarin? is that why his name is mandarin?” no son, he was adopted by a chinese couple in china and grew up speaking mandarin. he loved it so much that he wanted to call himself THE MANDARIN!” then he said, “oh, no wonder he’s indian! i knew mandarin was a chinese language, but he didn’t look mandarin. all my friends in school was trying to figure out why he didn’t look chinese. thanks for giving me the answer dad. you’re the best!”

    whew, MARVEL confused so many youngsters in my son’s 6th grade class. he was happy to tell his teacher that he wasn’t crazy and the world history books ARE correct on their culture.

  • Shadowpdf

    This may be a Jump The Shark moment.  Not loving it.

  • Joseph5765

    Same character he played in Schindler’s List.