SDCC: MCU Phase 4 Includes The Real Mandarin, And He's Not Happy About Iron Man 3

No, it's not Guy Pearce.

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Marvel outlined its upcoming plans for its the MCU Phase 4 during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, and it includes a way to slightly ret-con one of its most divisive villain choices. The company announced that the Mandarin is going to be represented as a villainous threat closer to his comic inspirations--and it's even working the twisty Iron Man 3 plot in.

Essentially, Iron Man 3 established the Mandarin as a cover for the film's real threat, the industrialist Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce). Killian had been manufacturing a terrorist threat via a bumbling actor pretending to be the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley). It was a clever take, but some fans voiced disappointment over a classic character being treated as a punchline. The next phase of the MCU will address that head-on.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings will bring on actor Tony Leung as the iconic villain. The ten rings is a reference to both a major part of the Mandarin's character, and to references already made in the MCU.

"The 10 rings have been in the MCU from the very beginning," Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said during the panel. "There is a real Mandarin, and he was quite upset with the imposter in Iron Man 3."

Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton added that now that he's been given a peek behind the curtain, "incredible things have been thought out from the very beginning." That suggests that the plot beats will at least feel like a natural fit with the rest of the MCU.

Shang-Chi is scheduled to hit theaters on February 12, 2021. It follows a kung fu master, and is the first film to feature an Asian lead in the MCU. For more on the next phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, be sure to check out all the Phase 4 plans revealed during the SDCC panel.

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Great choice. Watch Hard Boiled if you want to see what I mean.

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Cant you see Tony.... its always been me. I AM THE MANDARIN!!! (Instantly gets sent flying by pepper lol) Kills me everytime.

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But will we get Fin Fang Foom as well?

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to late for it.

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Wasn't there a short film which also addressed this?

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@JackNief: Yes, he sent Scoot McNairy to kill the Kingsley "Mandarin".

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No Steve, Iron Man 3 was not “a clever take.”

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No one was happy about it, and it feels wonderful to have that acknowledged by Marvel.

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@Poodger: My only gripe is that I wish they'd cast Chow Yun Fat to play him, but I'm sure this will be good too.

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Mandarin in Iron Man 3 was superb, I'm glad he'll be referenced.

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@jasperwest: Yikes, it was really bad. And this feels more like retconning than honoring. Marvel knows it was a heavily panned decision, and this seems like their attempt to rectify how butchered The Mandarin was in Iron Man 3.

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@Poodger: That's true, but on the other hand if you go all the way back to the very first Iron Man, the group that held Tony Stark hostage in that cave was explicitly named as the army of the Ten Rings. So he's not wrong about it being an established thing from the very beginning of the MCU.

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Too bad you know who wont be able to fight him...

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@JIMDOG4442002: yes he will D will make some bs reason to revive downey stark even if its not the same actor

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@shadowwarrior4: Yeah or they could make up something like alternate worlds which what happen in Endgame didnt take place.

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@JIMDOG4442002: Tony that died was a SKRULL! Seriously the lamest and easiest co-out if they want to reuse a dead character ever again, but it is now an available option.

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@Dudeman315: Well I think Robert Downey Jr is done playing Iron man so who knows..

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@JIMDOG4442002: Doctor Bong?

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