I loved Iron Man 3 and I adored what they did with the Mandarin… no two ways about it…
From here on may be deemed as spoilers
Although, it must be said, I loved it so much because of a few things. Firstly, I wasn’t that familiar with the character that it would upset me – if DC did it with Ra’s Al Ghul or The Joker I’d be fit to be tied – but Mandarin was always on my periphery; I know him, but not enough to get annoyed. Another reason was simply Ben Kingsley’s – Sir Ben to us – performance; he totally knocked it out of the park and gave one of the summer’s greatest moments. And thirdly, Marvel managed to keep it totally under wraps before I’d seen it – I had no idea and that alone made it a little special.
However, it did annoy some Marvel purists – and as I said above, I understand that. Now Marvel themselves, according to Dark Horizons, have spoken out about it.
Out doing the Iron Man 3 promotional tour – it’s out today on Blu-ray and DVD – Marvel co-President Louis D’Esposito has said there’ll be no going back, what’s done is done and Marvel are ok with it: “We thought there would be a little bit of a backlash, but the twist was so wonderful and Ben Kingsley is such a great actor that we thought that would overcome. And I think the box office said that we were right in making that decision. We don’t want to piss-off our fans, but it’s impossible to please everyone. We thought it was a great twist, we thought it was great story-telling, and that’s why we did it.”
So there you go… Trevor is here to stay.