Ok, now Marvel’s new series of Iron Man 3 character movie posters is really getting good. The one sheet movie poster above features Ben Kingsley as the film’s primary villain The Mandarin! I believe this is our first full body shot of The Mandarin in costume, and while not 100% true to the character’s look in the comic books he does look pretty cool. Let’s be honest, The Mandarin was always going to be a hard character to include in a live action movie. Plain and simple, he is a terrible embodiment of a number of Asian stereotypes. And while Kingsley is an incredibly gifted and well respected actor, no one in their right might saw him being cast in this roll. Is it me or is The Mandarin in this poster giving off a very Bane in The Dark Knight Rises vibe?
The second new Iron Man 3 character movie poster features Gwyneth Paltrow as Iron Man’s main squeeze Pepper Potts. I really hope Gwyneth continues to play a significant role in the Iron Man franchise because she’s done a great job with the character, especially considering how little screen time they give her. Of course, if this poster is to be believed Pepper’s going to primarily worrying and mourning poor old Tony Stark in this film.
Iron Man 3 swoops into theaters on May 3, 2013. Click here to see Marvel's first set of Iron Man 3 character movie posters.