BE WARNED HERE BE SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IRON MAN 3
OK, have we all calmed down over The Mandarin twist in Iron Man 3?
If no, watch All Hail The King on the Thor The Dark World Blu-ray, then come back here. If yes, then read away…
Well now writer Drew Pearce has been chatting about where the inspiration come from to totally drop Marvel comic history on its head: “I came back from the loo, having thought of “The Mandarin Twist”, and [director] Shane Black and me then started to talk about who he would be. And we went to a place where he would be an actor. I can’t remember, it could well have been Shane that said “Well, you’re English. You should just write him as an English actor.” Then this spiraled into this ridiculous…
“The brilliant thing about working with Shane is whatever I would give him as Trevor, he would just laugh and he would go “Do it more. Go further. Do it more.” Not really thinking that we would ever be allowed to do it in the movie. But then Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel loves it too, and controversial superhero cinematic history was made.
However, Drew explains that the idea was inspired by Tony Stark and wasn’t totally out of the blue: “One of the things of Tony’s story that we wanted to tell was this idea of false faces, and the idea that Iron Man had kind of taken over, and Tony was losing what his sense of self was.
“We were trying to find something mirrored Tony is that respect. And something that works with [Guy Pearce’s villain] Killian as well. The fact that it turned into a drunken, ridiculous, old British folk is weird…”
However, it wasn’t all plain sailing and there was some pre-release jitters: “We were more worried leading up to it that the reveal wouldn’t work. That people wouldn’t find Trevor funny, or be entertained by it. I guess we knew, going in, that it was a very radically different interpretation of a canonical character. But, if I’m honest, it didn’t really worry me afterwards. Obviously, I feel a sympathy for people who expected one thing, but I also believe it’s totally the right thing to do with, particularly the superhero genre as it continues, to throw new things in. Throw in twists. Not be predictable.
“I think we did the right thing. And I think over time, as Trevor becomes a bit more, like has become a part of superhero/pop culture landscape, I feel more proud of him as time goes on.”
So, where do you all stand on The Mandarin twist? Are you happy with it, indifferent, full of rage? Did All Hail The King change how you felt? I know it blew me away… let us know your thoughts in any of the usual ways, guys.