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'Iron Man 3' Mandarin 'blurs ethnicity'

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Iron Man 3's Mandarin is not necessarily Chinese, Kevin Feige has said.

The Marvel Studios president has revealed that Ben Kingsley's character is a mix of various warrior motifs from across the world.

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Sir Ben Kingsley

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"It's less about his specific ethnicity than the symbolism of various cultures and iconography that he perverts for his own end," Feige told Entertainment Weekly.

"From his samurai hair, to his royal robe, to his bin Laden-esque beard, and the AK-47 he keeps at his side, Kingsley's interpretation is a hodgepodge of various warrior motifs," said the publication.

There have long been rumours and discussions over whether the controversial Chinese supervillain would or could appear in an Iron Man film.


Fans got their first look at Kingsley in the role in the Iron Man 3 trailer which was unveiled today (October 23).

Photo gallery - Iron Man 3 trailer scene-by-scene:

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