Regardless of what we all thought of Iron Man 2, the box office numbers make it seem pretty likely that a third Iron Man film is in the cards, although it definitely won’t happen until after The Avengers movie hits theatres. Before they can even think about doing another Iron Man movie, however, I think it’s pretty clear that they need to come up with a compelling villain this time. In a recent interview over at MTV Movies Blog, director Jon Favreau strongly hinted that he would like to see that villain be The Mandarin, but he isn’t sure how he would fit into the post-Avengers world:
“You have to do The Mandarin… The problem with The Mandarin is, the way it’s depicted in the comic books, you don’t want to see that. He also has 10 magical rings, and it just doesn’t feel right for our thing, so it’s either tech-based or the rings are not really rings… But maybe with Thor and all those others you’ll introduce magic to that world and it won’t seem so out of place.”
It does bring up one of the problems with how Marvel is merging multiple franchises on screen: no matter what you might want to do with one particular character, it now heavily relies on what’s going on in the other films as well. It’s a risky game they’re playing, but I guess we’ll see if it pays off. Either way, what do you think of seeing The Mandarin in Iron Man 3? Will the “magic” element be a problem? And isn’t he ultimately just another Iron Man enemy wearing armor?