If it's crap ... We'll tell you
So we've talked about it, we've joked about it, but we still have no concrete confirmation as to who the main villain will be in Shane Black's 'Iron Man 3.' We do know that Sir Ben Kingsley will be inhabiting whichever antagonist is selected, and the prevailing theory is that he will be playing Mandarin. The studio has kept quite mum on this controversy, but when word got out that Warren Ellis' 'Extremis' storyline would be the basis for the script, the Mandarin theory seemed to earn a bit more legitimacy. Now two separate sources are claiming to have uncovered proof that it will indeed be Mandarin who faces off with Tony Stark in the third installment of the franchise next year.
First, from Comic Book.com...
"While talking to some Wilmington locals, we had one source involved with the production tell us that Mandarin was definitely the villain. He said Mandarin had a set of twins that did most of his dirty work for him. Another source who had visited EUE/Screen Gems Studios told us that the sets they were building included Chinese storefronts."
And from Latino Review...
"Here’s what we can CONFIRM as true (and not from some guy working security on an off-lot shoot): The Mandarin (as played by Ben Kingsley) is a villain in the ‘Iron Man 3,’ but he’s more a veiled threat as a silent partner to Guy Pearce’s Aldrich Killian. Killian is the man inventing Extremis and putting it into his “Extremis army” of multiple super-powered individuals."
The Latino Review guys seem far more certain about their intel, but we're still not dealing in absolutes here. I like the idea of Mandarin, again if that is indeed who Kingsley will be portraying, being a sort of background puppet master and letting Guy Pearce be the chief villain. I only hope Firepower and Savin, who were added to the cast roster recently, don't overshadow him. Though given the dearth of diehard fans for those obscure characters, I'm not sure that's a valid concern. Once again, I'm not all at suggesting that either of these assertions about Mandarin should be accepted as gospel. However, at this time it's the most evidence we have to go on so it's worth at least discussing.
And that is where you come in, faithful Spillios! Give us your thoughts on this matter.