Deleted Scene from IRON MAN 3 Featuring Ben Kingsley as “The Mandarin” [UPDATED with Gag Reel]

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I almost feel like whenever we refer to Ben Kingsley as “The Mandarin”, quotes are now required to indicate the misleading name of the character.  Some people will never forgive the movie for the bait-and-switch because they wanted to see the Mandarin from the comics, which they were probably never going to get in the movie Iron Man world Marvel had been established.  There wasn’t going to be a guy with ten magic rings, and while I understand Iron Man 3 had a radical reinvention of the character for the screen, it was still highly entertaining.  For those who can’t get enough of co-writer and director Shane Black‘s take on the character, a deleted scene from the upcoming Iron Man 3 Blu-ray has been released online, and it features Kingsley in his hammy Mandarin persona.

Hit the jump to check out the deleted scene.  Iron Man 3 will be release on DVD, Blu-ray, and 3D Blu-ray on September 24th. [Update: We've added a just-released gag reel that will also be on the Blu-ray.]

Via USA Today and Yahoo! Movies.

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  • WAldenIV

    Sure, put it in quotes if you want to spoil the surprise for anyone that hasn’t seen the movie.

    • Bucky

      I am “shocked” that Goldberg would spoil a movie.

      • AManWithAKilt

        “Goldberg”

    • MichaelRWorthingon

      yeah no spoilers about citizen kane too..and if Kennedy got shot or not.

      • Random Bystander

        Kennedy got shot!?

      • WAldenIV

        In forty years you can feel free to put quotes around “the Mandarin”.

    • Strong Enough

      shut up

      • WAldenIV

        Make me?

      • Strong Enough

        i will.

  • Fredo

    Marvel doesn’t wanted to disturb the Chinese audiences. That’s the reason they had an anglo-indian actor playing a villain called THE MANDARIN. It makes sense, right?

    • Andy

      Yeah, it makes sense–if you’re bound and determined to please some foreign audience. I’m hardly against Chinese enjoying movies, but does every movie now have to cater to the Red Chinese government…? All filmmakers have to do in a case like this is balance out the Chinese criminal with another Chinese character who’s a good guy. For e.g., there could be a Chinese agent who’s attempting to track down the Mandarin, and who aids Iron Man in some way.

    • AmethystChimera

      No, they had an anglo-indian actor playing The Mandarin for a very specific reason. They even spelled it out for you in the movie. Remember the fortune cookie speech: “…it looks Chinese, but it’s an American invention. That’s why it’s hollow. And full of lies.”

    • AmethystChimera

      No, they had an anglo-indian actor playing The Mandarin for a very specific reason. They even spelled it out for you in the movie. Remember the fortune cookie speech: “…it looks Chinese, but it’s an American invention. That’s why it’s hollow. And full of lies.”

  • Cedhollywood

    “There wasn’t going to be a guy with ten magic rings”. But yet there is a soon to be Dr. Strange movie about a man who is master of the mystic arts? Or is he the master of illusions? (Gob voice)

    • Doug_101

      I wish I could Up Vote this a million times for the Gob reference.

    • Feadpool

      They even made an arrested development reference in a deadpool comic that directly quotes that line…who quotes it? Doctor Strange himself.

      Will Arnett for Doctor Strange!!! You heard it here, folks.

  • Doug_101

    I wasn’t hoping for the Mandarin from the comics – that character is borderline racist and unrealistic in this day and age – but I was at least hoping that he would have been tied into the group, The Ten Rings, that kidnapped Tony in the first movie. Y’know, world-building. This felt a little like Venom in Spider-Man 3 – just throwing him in and wasting him because the fans wanted to see Mandarin.

    • Harry Palm

      Unrealistic? Iron Man is a guy that can fly around the planet in a human-sized suit that apparently doesn’t require any kind of fuel to sustain his flight. Not to mention the fact that in the previous movie, he fought a bunch of aliens that came out of a giant portal alongside a giant green monster, a man that was frozen for 50 years and a Norse god. I don’t really see how a dude with 10 magic rings is that far-fetched in the Marvel movie universe.

      • Doug_101

        Unrealistic is probably not the word I needed there. I was referring the borderline racist characterization as being un-doable (for lack of a better word). No, if they had done the rings, that would have been pretty cool!

      • Andy

        Having an Asian crimelord isn’t inherently racist. That’s like saying doing a movie on Hitler is “anti-German.”

      • Jerry

        That’s on top of the fact that Killian and his squad had flame powers. It would have been amazing watching Mandarin fight all those Iron Man suits with his rings. Instead we just watched Killians generic super thugs fight them. What sounds better?

      • AManWithAKilt

        The answer to your question is Killians generic super-thugs.

      • Jerry

        That’s on top of the fact that Killian and his squad had flame powers. It would have been amazing watching Mandarin fight all those Iron Man suits with his rings. Instead we just watched Killians generic super thugs fight them. What sounds better?

    • pinkincide

      Forcing studios to walk on racial eggshells just gets you movies full of white people. Villains are the plum roles actors want, and we should be mature enough to separate a portrayal of evil from reality.

  • eternalozzie

    Iron Man 3 went the way of Raimi’s Spider-crap 3 and X-3 … it took an iconic villain and made them into a watered downed garbage throw away character.
    They even set up the Mandarin character in the first movie then ignored what they set up in the third. Iron Man 3 like Spaceballs 2 was just a search for more money.

    • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

      The Mandarin is an iconic villain? I always thought Iron Man’s villains were kind of lame and he was more important in The Avengers rather than his stand alone issues.

      • Doug_101

        For better or worse, he’s Iron Man’s arch-nemesis. He was actually supposed to be in the first movie, I think, but Favreau couldn’t crack how to do it.

      • Andy

        If that’s the case, well, that’s just lack of imagination on Favreau’s part. In the real world there are the well known Asian triads; I’d have made the Mandarin the head of the biggest triad who attempts to knit together all the triads in the U.S. under his leadership–and who especially targets Stark in order to do away with the nation’s primary crimefighter.

      • Andy

        If that’s the case, well, that’s just lack of imagination on Favreau’s part. In the real world there are the well known Asian triads; I’d have made the Mandarin the head of the biggest triad who attempts to knit together all the triads in the U.S. under his leadership–and who especially targets Stark in order to do away with the nation’s primary crimefighter.

      • Doug_101

        For better or worse, he’s Iron Man’s arch-nemesis. He was actually supposed to be in the first movie, I think, but Favreau couldn’t crack how to do it.

  • alk

    wow that deleted scene was very necessary exposition…I’m so glad I was able to watch the 10 seconds of Ben Kingsley talking into a telephone.

    • eternalozzie

      Iron Man could have stayed at home … The Thunderbirds took out Kingsley once … they could have done it again.

  • alk

    wow that deleted scene was very necessary exposition…I’m so glad I was able to watch the 10 seconds of Ben Kingsley talking into a telephone.

  • Gerard Kennelly

    ben kingsley was very good (till the twist)

    • WAldenIV

      He was even better after the twist.

    • WAldenIV

      He was even better after the twist.

  • http://hiwhatsup.tumblr.com DisgracedCop

    None of you seem to get the point of the character, he exists to completely defuse the idea of the mythic, I’ll-rain-hell-upon-you supervillain. He’s not “watered down garbage” or thrown in for the sake of fan service, he represents the idea of fear being manufactured through calculated iconography and the use of that fear as manipulation. That’s why it’s brilliant that they use The Mandarin to do this — they use what you think you already know about the character against you, to manipulate you into fearing this completely manufactured puppet exactly like how the characters in the film are being manipulated. Your years of reading the comics, seeing the trailers for this movie, watching interviews with Ben Kingsley, they’re supposed to build up your perception of what this character is so that you’re as much a victim of this fraudulent terror as everyone in the movie is.

    The character was not wrong. YOU were wrong. You bought into the phony hold-the-world-ransom terror like you were supposed to and instead of lashing out at the movie, maybe you should try to understand and appreciate how it used your expectations against you.

    • Al

      Sorry. I can agree with everything you’re saying, appreciate the breakdown of good and evil in movies, and i’ll even go as far as to say it was the most creative surprise in any superhero film.

      But it still counts as a let down. No matter how much sense it makes for what happened, or no matter how silly the arch typed villain is, it is still what a lot of people were looking forward too, and what a lot of people were promised.

      So yes, a clever and meaningful twist. But I can’t blame anyone for being disappointed.

    • Feadpool

      I can see where you’re coming from, but when it all comes down to it, the “real” mandarin wasn’t the least bit interesting at all and shitting all over the character in order to use this “genius” twist wasn’t justified. Not to mention, the rest of the movie was pretty fucking terrible as well. Just my opinion, though.

  • http://hiwhatsup.tumblr.com DisgracedCop

    None of you seem to get the point of the character, he exists to completely defuse the idea of the mythic, I’ll-rain-hell-upon-you supervillain. He’s not “watered down garbage” or thrown in for the sake of fan service, he represents the idea of fear being manufactured through calculated iconography and the use of that fear as manipulation. That’s why it’s brilliant that they use The Mandarin to do this — they use what you think you already know about the character against you, to manipulate you into fearing this completely manufactured puppet exactly like how the characters in the film are being manipulated. Your years of reading the comics, seeing the trailers for this movie, watching interviews with Ben Kingsley, they’re supposed to build up your perception of what this character is so that you’re as much a victim of this fraudulent terror as everyone in the movie is.

    The character was not wrong. YOU were wrong. You bought into the phony hold-the-world-ransom terror like you were supposed to and instead of lashing out at the movie, maybe you should try to understand and appreciate how it used your expectations against you.

  • Tony Stark

    The Mandarin ruined the movie for movie, not what I was expecting at all, what a letdown. Ironman 3 was my least favorite movie this summer. I appreciate a good twist but that was a total letdown of the character I was expecting from the comics.

    • Tony Stark

      *ruined the movie for me

    • AmethystChimera

      … What movie did you like better this summer? O.o

  • Tony Stark

    The Mandarin ruined the movie for movie, not what I was expecting at all, what a letdown. Ironman 3 was my least favorite movie this summer. I appreciate a good twist but that was a total letdown of the character I was expecting from the comics.

  • IM3isaMess

    There wasn’t going to be a guy with ten magic rings… But a fire breathing Guy Pierce and kung fu super soldier Pepper Potts is just fine. Ofc let’s not forget the kid sidekick who was oddly wise beyond his years.

  • Chris

    The movie was awful, full of tired shtick.

  • Kevin

    Loved this movie and its twist. I’m a big comic nerd, but I’ve never read or heard of anything with the Mandarin in it. I understand being disappointed because you’re a fan of the character, but I saw Iron Man fight old guys in mech suits in the first two movies. If you were expecting to see Ben Kingsley using his rings or his martial arts skills, I wish I had your imagination. When Kingsley was cast, you could not have been expecting him to fight. Sorry guys, you should have seen this coming.

  • isakglasses

    I know each and everyone one of you was laughing,screaming and in complete amazement when you watched this movie in the cinema but you get here to the messages and act like you the cool kid who read all the mandarin comics and is above all the marvel shit.people need to stop bitching and appreciate the movie as the the 2nd best marvel movie ever,after the avengers ofcourse

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  • Mike R.

    Hands down one of the worst super hero films ever (almost as bad as X-men Last Stand, and Spiderman 3). The Mandarin is supposed to be to Iron Man what the Joker is to Batman. I get it, the Fu-Man Chu thing is racist. Casting Ben Kingsley or even an actor who passes for some darker skinned ethnicity was a wise choice. However, there is no reason whatsoever to assume that using ten magic rings wouldn’t work in a world where you have a hulk, aliens, super-soldier serum, flying exo-suits, etc. The only reason this film was successful is because its still riding the momentum of the avengers and people are sheep. They really disrespected the source material and made a terrible film.

  • Bob

    I’m still lost on the whole ending. Was Pepper ‘cured’? Without the arc reactor to keep his heart protected, does that water down the character a bit? Seemed a little like the of an episode of Scooby Doo with the quick wrap up.

  • Andy

    I’d sure love to see a superhero movie–for me, preferably Batman (but whomever)–in which the hero takes on *real life* terrorists such as Al Qaeda or an underworld gang like MS-13. Like, imagine a “realistic” Nolan-type Batman film in which, after Gotham has settled down and Batman is supposedly dead, MS-13 shows up attempting to fill the criminal vacuum left by Batman and the revitalized GCPD.

  • Andy

    I’d sure love to see a superhero movie–for me, preferably Batman (but whomever)–in which the hero takes on *real life* terrorists such as Al Qaeda or an underworld gang like MS-13. Like, imagine a “realistic” Nolan-type Batman film in which, after Gotham has settled down and Batman is supposedly dead, MS-13 shows up attempting to fill the criminal vacuum left by Batman and the revitalized GCPD.

  • Max Power

    Gag reel? The entire IM3 movie is a giant joke. A bad one. Marvel must have called it Kiss Kiss Bang Bang 2.

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