Marvel to Turn China-Only Scenes in IRON MAN 3 into Short Film for American Audiences

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In response to fan outrage that some of the footage in Iron Man 3 was exclusive to the Chinese release, the studios have decided to recut said footage into a short film and release it.  The short focuses on Dr. Wu, a character who only gets ten seconds of screen time in the American theatrical release.  Titled The Prologue, the short film will reveal more about Wu, who is played by the Chinese actor Wang Xueqi.  Hit the jump for more information.

iron-man-3-wang-xueqiAccording to The Playlist, The Prologue will be roughly 3 minutes long, and it is unknown whether or not the short film will be a standalone release or a special feature in the Blu-ray release. Iron Man 3 included the China-specific scenes because it was co-financed by the Chinese company DMG Entertainment.  Personally, I think this short film is unnecessary for fans to demand.  As we previously covered, the Chinese-only scenes are not only chock full of Chinese product placement, but they also lack any strong additional plot development.  However, if it’s just a matter of hardcore fans wanting to see every piece of footage possible related to the film, I guess I can understand.

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Rebecca Hall, Stephanie Szostak, James Badge Dale, Jon Favreau and Sir Ben Kingsley, Iron Man 3 opened stateside on May 3rd.  At $175.3 Million, it had the second highest opening weekend of any film in the US, beating out The Dark Knight, and falling short of Joss Whedon’s film The Avengers, which also featured the ironclad American hero.

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  • Sean

    I think that the short film will be on Blu-ray release because when you think about, why would it not be on the Blu-ray release, when it does happen to be part of Iron Man 3 that they didn’t even bother include in the U.S. Theatrical release of Iron Man 3 ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jordan.graham.5602 Jordan Graham

    It would be good if they filmed some additional footage for the short so that its not just the china cut’s scenes. Wouldn’t need to be much, just a few minutes so that it’s maybe 5 minutes long, otherwise whats the point in even making a short from it, might as well just make them deleted scenes.

  • Elephant

    I heard you can see Thor in the Chinese footage.

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    Aw shucks I’m just trolling. It’s a slow news day.

  • Marqeutte boiler

    I know a lot of people and still haven’t encountered any of the outraged

    • Nerdgasm

      I hate people that act like they know have the nations population and use that as FACT to discredit a magazine. (Its a blog but whatever.) Point is if you read anything about the Chinese footage that Collider put up as NEWS poeple went to the comments with some outrage because fanboys are fucking dumb.

  • amg907

    Marvel sure is milking that cow aren’t they?

    • Nick Gadman

      Which cow are you referring to? The Iron Man cow or the casual racism cow?

  • thewriteguy

    American fans “outraged”? From what has been reported, it sounds like Chinese fans are outraged by the inclusion of this poorly written, produced, and highly patronizing (to the Chinese people) footage.

    • Nick Gadman

      If the opening scene of Iron Man 2 is anything to go by – 2 Russian’s living in squalor, 1 drinking neat vodka from the bottle, damning those flashy American’s – then it’s got to be worth a look at for the unintentional hilarity caused by the ignorance and offensiveness of bad stereotyping.

    • Nerdgasm

      Chinese fans have no reason to be outraged. You talk about it as if Shane Black and the American Film Production actually did anything to the Chinese Shooting. Cause they didn’t. It was all produced, shot and written by what was considered a second unit and it was Chinese produced (Meaning China did everything to it Shane Black didn’t even know what the extra stuff was in full.). so STFU

      • Grayden

        I’ve read the Chinese-only scenes were heavy on product placement and light on story, so I don’t understand why any non-Chinese fans would be upset over not being able to see it, but I can understand how some Chinese fans might be scratching their heads.

  • big_log

    “Fan outrage.” Haha, yeah right.

    • 7718

      I’m a fan, and I’m pretty disgusted that not only was this American Made production released overseas first, but that the foreign release contained more footage. Why would anyone in America be happy with this?

      I was looking forward to seeing the film in theaters, now I’m going to go out of my way to watch the version with all the footage (no matter how insignificant).

      • mbmarquis69

        I’m curious as to why a fan wouldn’t be more disgusted by the fact that a few minutes of non-plot market pandering appeared in the film in the first place?

      • 7718

        The release I’m upset about a number of things regarding this release, and I won’t pay 1 cent to see it. FU Hollywood.

      • 7718

        subtract the first two words.

      • big_log

        I’m confident that you represent the minority viewpoint here. The average Joe Blow (myself included) couldn’t care less. What, your feelings are hurt that Disney gave some foreigners first crack at seeing it before you?? You’re taking that personally? Boo hoo. Sheesh, get over yourself.

      • 7718

        The average Joe Blow isn’t to bright, and doesn’t give a damn how their decisions effect the rest of us, so naturally your reply doesn’t surprise me in the least.

      • big_log

        I’m confident that you represent the minority viewpoint here. The average Joe Blow (myself included) couldn’t care less. What, your feelings are hurt that Disney gave some foreigners first crack at seeing it before you?? You’re taking that personally? Boo hoo. Sheesh, get over yourself.

      • big_log

        I’m confident that you represent the minority viewpoint here. The average Joe Blow (myself included) couldn’t care less. What, your feelings are hurt that Disney gave some foreigners first crack at seeing it before you?? You’re taking that personally? Boo hoo. Sheesh, get over yourself.

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