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Ben Kingsley Is Back as the Fake Mandarin in ‘Thor 2′ Blu-Ray Short ‘All Hail the King’

Okay, Time to appease the nerds

If you haven’t seen Iron Man 3 yet, chances are none of that headline made any sense to you. And if that’s the case, you might not want to read any further, because I’m going to spoil the hell out of it.

In fact, just to make sure there’s no confusion whatsoever…SPOILER ALERT!

Okay. Now then, about this Fake Mandarin business. As you probably know, Marvel Studios really pissed off a lot of comic book nerds last spring when they set up legendary Iron Man foe Mandarin as the arch villain in Iron Man 3, only to reveal two-thirds of the way through that there is no Mandarin. Instead, there is just a substance-abusing actor named Trevor (played brilliantly by Ben Kingsley) who was being paid to play him on TV.

However, now it seems Marvel is going to try to make it up to everyone with a new short film that will be included as a bonus feature on the upcoming Thor 2 Blu-Ray. It’s called All Hail the King, and it was first announced last week. However, it wasn’t until today that we learned for sure that it is, in fact, about Trevor. Entertainment Weekly got the scoop and the first stills of the film. Behold:

Drew Pearce, who wrote Iron Man 3, is also behind All Hail the King. And while he stopped short of giving it all away, he definitely opened the door to the possibility that we will see a REAL Mandarin some time in the future. Here’s what he had to say:

There’s lots of exposition in lots of different cuts of Iron Man 3 that, in the end, kind of got snubbed out. It’s kind of said in Iron Man 3 but very briefly, Aldrich essentially took a thing that was real, historically real and culturally real, and co-opted it for his own means — essentially co-opting an ancient terrorist concept. What [All Hail the King] does is show that everything in Iron Man 1 [involving the terrorist group] was canon all along any way. We kind of knew The Ten Rings were a real terrorist cell.

So will we find out that the REAL terrorists are led by a REAL Mandarin? We’ll have to wait until February 25, when Thor 2 comes out on Blu-Ray.

Nerdtastic Fun: ‘Iron Man 3′ Has a Brand New (Animated) Ending (VIDEO)

That's What Bothers You?

The ending to Iron Man 3 left more than a few nerds locked in some serious debate.

First, there’s the fact that Tony Stark’s latest chapter is basically ripping off The Incredibles.  You remember that part right? The part where the supervillain is going off on that whole monologue about how his whole supervillainy is basically the hero’s fault? Yeah. And then there’s that whole black-guy-superfriend in supersuit thing. Then, there’s that whole business about the Avengers just completely sitting this one out. What gives?

Thanks to the fine folks over at How It Should Have Ended, someone finally said all of the things we were thinking (just like they always do) and more. Now that the movie made a billion freaking dollars, things can get a little blunter. Sure it was a great flick and all, but c’mon, is Iron Man all retired now? (The answer is, No, of course, because there’s another Avengers movie coming up…)

Gwyneth Paltrow Commando Dress for Iron Man 3 Premiere

I’ll say this, while we don’t have a general personality fondness for Gwyneth Paltrow, and, that whole World’s Most Beautiful Woman nonsense from People magazine was annoying, if you’re going to respond in a way we respect here, go commando to your big movie premiere the very same night. And Gwyneth Paltrow did at the Iron Man 3 premiere last night in Hollywood.

It was a big to do. Every single person with a camera in the city of Los Angeles was there last night. And Gwyneth flashed them a serious amount of skin beneath her sheer dress bottom. Now, most of the truly fun bits were obscured, but it was daring enough that we must give it a thumbs up (yes, that is our thumb) in terms of making a statement. That it did. Enjoy.

A Belated Shoutout to Rebecca Hall Sideboob

The Iron Man 3 premiere in The Old Country toward the end of last week were pretty uneventful, but we’d be remiss if we neglected to show you the side boob wearing top worn by underrated brunette thespianic, Rebecca Hall. We are many things, many horrible things, but never remiss!

Rebecca Hall is certain to finally break through with an American audience after her turn in the big summer blockbuster. Of course, regular Egotastic! visitors are already one step ahead. Enjoy.

Tony Stark Gets Snarky in this Clip from ‘Iron Man 3′ (VIDEO)

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Iron So Far Away

Eh, I’m not sure trash-talking an iPhone is really a way to prove how heroic you are, but that doesn’t stop Robert Downey Jr. from doing just that in this brand spanking new clip from Iron Man 3 that’s been hinted at in several of the film’s many trailers. In the clip Tony throws down some smack and tells the Mandarin to come get him, going so far as to give out his address.

Well, from pretty much every trailer out there you can pretty much guess how this tirade ends up. I hope they play up the fact that his cockiness is now putting himself and his loved ones in danger despite the fact that he’s pointed out that all he wants to do is keep Gwyneth Paltrow (aka Pepper Potts) safe. So if you’ve ever wanted to watch RDJ get emotional into an iPhone, now’s yer chance, kids.

Marvel Gives You a Glimpse Into Their Next Phase. My Advice: More Scarlet Johannson (VIDEO)

Entering Phase II

When the original Iron Man came out, I don’t think anyone–especially Marvel–thought it was going to become what it did, which is basically the first cog in a giant machine known as Phase I. Phase I involved setting up a cast of characters that would be shoe-horned into each other’s movies and lead up to the eventual Avengers film. Well that happened and everybody made a dump truck full of money (despite the fact that no one really likes Captain America all that much). Which now brings us to Phase II, which begins in exactly one month when Iron Man 3 hits theaters.

In the above video, check out the cast and crew of these movies lay out their plans for what Phase II will bring to audiences. ANd while I’m hoping this is the last time Gwyneth Paltrow will be talking about being in a Marvel movie, from what we’ve gleamed from the trailer, it looks like she’ll be sticking around for awhile. Damn. And be sure to check out the entire Marvel release calendar for the next three years of your life after the jump. Read more… »

Two New ‘Iron Man 3′ Spots to Jolt You Awake on a Monday Morning (VIDEO)

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Iron So Far Away

Iron Man 3 doesn’t open until May 3rd (unless you live in New Zealand where it opens April 18th–damn you, you Kiwi basterds!), but Marvel is ramping up the promotional campaign for the flick with a bevy of new posters and trailers. Two new 30-second spots were dropped today. In the trailer above we get to see more of Tony’s new self-immobilizing suit in action–which seems like it would really hurt as he’s basically getting pelted by heavy iron metal travelling at high velocity through the air, but hey.

Plus there’s also the new international trailer, which surprisingly wasn’t released on National Woman’s Day the other week as Gwyneth Paltrow’s role is featured prominently. In it we see her don the iron suit herself, presumably foreshadowing events that eventually turns her into a super hero in her own right as Rescue. Check out Gwyneth doing her best Iron Maiden karaoke after the jump. Check Out the Int’l Trailer »