Published on April 9th, 2012 | by Darren4
Ben Kingsley is unnamed bad guy in ‘Iron Man 3′
It is official. Ben Kingsley has signed on to play the part of Iron Man’s next adversary in the third installment, which starts shooting next month. However, the character isn’t named. Due to the idea behind the villain’s plans – the spread of a virus through nanobots – it appears that the Mandarin will be sitting this out this time too.
But in revealing the potential casting, insiders confirmed to the trade that the villain will not be The Mandarin and did not reveal who it would be instead. The script for the film was written by Shane Black and Drew Pierce and production is scheduled to get underway next month, exactly one year away from the release date set on May 3, 2013.
I’m not sure why folks are so quick to not say it is Iron Man’s best known classic foe – the character of Mandarin has been alluded to with “The Ten Rings”. Is there something wrong with making the antagonist less magic-based and more tech based?
The rumored story for IM3 is, like the previous films, borrowing off the Extremis issues, so it’s possible Kingsley could be Mallen, although I doubt it. Mallen, however, does have ties to the ‘Super-soldier’ serum and does have confrontations with Nick Fury and Black Widow. That said, I was under the assumption that with the possible exception of Widow, the third film was going to be mostly Avenger free.
In any case, if nothing else…remember Sam Rockwell played a younger Justin Hammer. We’ll know more soon.
Chime in on who you think Kingsly could be playing.