When it comes to advertising for ‘Iron Man 3’, it’s natural to revolve campaigns around Robert Downey Jr. and Tony Stark. The Marvel Cinematic Universe started with him and now Phase Two will start with him again. But now we get a glimpse at some of the other characters that will inhabit the Armored Avenger’s world in his third solo big screen adventure.
Previously, character posters for Tony’s most trusted friend, Colonel James Rhodes AKA War Machine, played by Don Cheadle, and the scientific mind behind the Extremis virus along with Maya Hansen, Aldrich Killian, played by Guy Pearce, hit the internet and shifted the spotlight to the secondary cast. But now, a poster was released for the main antagonist, long-time Iron Man villain The Mandarin, played by Sir Ben Kingsley, has been released, so you can get a better look at the big baddie in Shane Black’s first Marvel film. You can see all three posters in the gallery below:
War Machine and Killian’s posters look pretty generic and run of the mill as far as these things go, but Mandarin’s is something that I wasn’t expecting at all. I know that the villain is known for his eccentric flair in clothing, but those sunglasses are too sassy, even for him and his ten rings. The poster doesn’t exactly scream stone cold criminal mastermind, but maybe there’s more to Black’s version of the character than meets the eye.
For more on the plot of ‘Iron Man 3’, here’s the official synopsis:
‘Iron Man 3’ pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy’s hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?
What do you think of these character posters? What impressions do you get from them? Now that Mandarin, War Machine, and Aldrich Killian have been released, who would you like to see next? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
‘Iron Man 3’ starring Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Rebecca Hall, and Guy Pearce opens on May 3, 2013.