I caught Iron Man 3 over the weekend with Mr High Elf, and I won't be updating you guys about things with him and me at the moment. It's just dating for now, nothing concrete and nothing expected anyway.
As you may know I'm quite a comics geek, especially towards MARVEL comics, and specifically the Xmen. Since the universe and roster of Xmen spans widely, with many tie-ins with other heroes, it's no surprise that I know bits and pieces about Spiderman, Ironman and Captain America, just to name a few solo acts.
In honesty I don't know Tony Stark that well, other than the few times he crossed paths into Xmen universe. I am not a huge fan of him given that he was a supporter of the Mutant Registration Act. All the times I watched the Ironman movies was primarily because I am a Marvel Comic fan primarily, and the special effects secondary followed by the characters.
That being said, I was pretty excited and intrigued when I first learned that The Mandarin was to be the villain in Ironman 3. I may not be that familiar with Ironman, but I am quasi more familiar with Mandarin because of his dealings with Psylocke, one of the Xmen members. The whole saga about Kwannon and the body switch with Psylocke that gave us the infamous Asian ninja we know would not have happened if Mandarin was absent.
It is through Psylocke that I know of Mandarin's background, character, powers and abilities. It was with anticipation as I sat in the dim coolness of the theatre with my date beside me. However then I got confused when I saw images of Middle-Eastern terrorist-looking people when Mandarin came on. I was like, "Isn't Mandarin... Chinese??"
I saw Mandarin walked in, garbed in a dark robe with mystical symbols and I was waiting for some display of power or SOMETHING. But he did not. I was seriously perplexed by then. Until quite late in the movie, it was revealed that Mandarin, was actually a British actor hired by Aldrich Killian to give the public a face of evil to focus on. At that point, my mind exploded into WTF?????
Needless to say, from that point onwards, I wasn't really at all impressed by the storyline. Special effects and graphics oh yeah. Dialogue probably. But story no. I wasn't that keen on Ben Kingsley playing as Mandarin given that I know that the latter is half Chinese(or full Chinese depending on which version). While I know that Kingsley has portrayed Chinese/Asian characters, the comics fanboy in me cringed.
The Mandarin is quite a complex and complicated character, and he is one of the most brilliant minds on Earth 616(current reality) alongside with the likes of Tony Stark aka Ironman, Reed Richards aka Mr Fantastic, Professor Xavier aka Prof X, Victor von Doom aka Dr Doom etc. He had crossed paths with so many people in the Marvel Universe that it boggles me that the scriptwriters had reduced him to a bumbling drunk actor. I was even less impressed when Aldrich "revealed" that he was the true Mandarin, and tattoos of Chinese dragons adorn his shoulders and chest as an "indication".
I was so looking forward to Aldrich as an independent villain working with the Mandarin simply because they have a common enemy. I thought that Aldrich would have some sort of personal agenda of his own other than getting even with Ironman. I thought that Mandarin was in a league of his own that would lead to possible sequels. I mean, so far through the Ironman trilogy, there hasn't been a constant villain right?
The rest of the storyline... *sighs* War Machine or Iron Patriot is a complete waste of time and the only reason he was there was because they needed the token black guy there. I was a little thrilled at the last part though when Pepper Potts trashed Aldrich, which at that point her pose and pissed off face reminded me so much of Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk
The comics geek in me had been sorely disappointed by Ironman 3.