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'Iron Man 3' villain: Is it the Mandarin?

'Iron Man 3' villain rumors swirl, with some saying actor Ben Kingsley is portraying the Mandarin.

By Sandy SchaeferScreen Rant / May 31, 2012

'Iron Man 3' may take place in Miami, Fla., according to some sources.

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Marvel’s Iron Man 3 is the first entry in phase 2 of The Avengers movie universe, and after the success of The Avengers, it’s safe to say that Marvel movie mania is at an all-time high. Iron Man 3 casting announcements and plot rumors have been circulating like wildfire on the Blackwater, but as production on the film kicks off in Wilmington, North Carolina, details from the set are being leaked to the Internet.

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Read on for some unconfirmed rumors from various “sources” who claim to have knowledge of the Iron Man 3 storyline.

Latino Review is dropping a big exclusive, in which they claim to have some better sources than the “crew members on the set” that other sites are sourcing. Here’s the deal with the Iron Man 3 villain situation, according to LR:

  • Ben Kingsley IS playing The Mandarin. However, Kingsley’s Mandarin is a background mastermind, while Guy Pearce’s scientist character, Aldrich Killian, is the more direct threat.
  • Pearce’s character will invent the Extremis nanotechnology, and use it to transform multiple people into (literal) killing machines.
  • Minor villains Firepower (played by Ashley Hamilton) and Coldblood-7 (played by James Badge Dale) will not be the same as their obscure comic book counterparts, but will rather be generic cyborg types created by Killian’s Extremis technology.
  • Actor William Sadler (Die Hard 2) is in the cast of Iron Man 3 for some yet-to-be-revealed role.

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