Monday, August 13, 2012

"Iron Man 3": Smoke and Machine-Gun Fire

Director Shane Black's "Iron Man 3" continues filming principal photography with a night-time shoot scheduled for August 17, 2012 in Port Wilmington, North Carolina.

A descriptive flyer has been circulated to local homes/businesses in the town's Sunset Park area :

"...the shoots, which will feature special effects and stunt work, will mostly take place overnight – from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m. – at the south end of the port near the facility’s container cranes. On Aug. 24-26, a helicopter will film aerial scenes.The aircraft’s pilot will avoid flying over nearby homes. Some scenes also will feature smoke and machine-gun fire. The filming will be sufficiently far from the neighborhood and should not be noticeable to homeowners..."

In the new film, actor Sir Ben Kingsley is Marvel's Chinese/British super-villain 'The Mandarin'. Kingsley reportedly plays the Mandarin as the silent financial partner behind scientist 'Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce). Killian is the inventor of 'Extremis' that is used to create an 'Extremis Army' of super-powered killers.

'The Mandarin' debuted in Marvel Comics' "Tales of Suspense" #50 (February 1964), written by Stan Lee, who created the character and illustrated by Don Heck, who initially designed the character :

"...the Mandarin's late father was one of the wealthiest men in pre-revolutionary mainland China (and a descendant of Genghis Khan), while his late mother was an English noblewoman. Their son was born in an unnamed village in mainland China before the Communist revolution.

"The boy's parents died soon after his birth, and he was raised by his (paternal) aunt, who was embittered against the world and raised him with much the same attitude. Every last bit of the family fortune was spent obsessively training the Mandarin in science and combat, with the result that he was completely broke upon reaching adulthood. Unable to pay the taxes on his ancestral home, the Mandarin was evicted by the government.

"Hoping to find a means of avenging himself upon the civilization that had taxed him and rendered him homeless, the Mandarin explored the forbidden 'Valley of Spirits', where no one had dared to set foot for centuries.

"There he found the skeleton and starship of 'Axonn-Karr', an intelligent reptilian alien from the planet 'Maklu IV', who had come to Earth centuries ago. Over the following years, the Mandarin studied 'Makluan' science until he mastered it. He also learned how to use the ten rings he found within the starship which were apparently its propulsion source.

"The Mandarin then became a conqueror and subjugated the villages around the Valley, and, through his advanced science, rapidly became a power that not even the Chinese Army could successfully challenge. He then embarked on a long series of attempts to achieve world domination, seeing technology as the surest means to achieve his goals."

The principal personal weapons of the Mandarin are the ten rings which he wears on the fingers of each hand. The rings' operations cannot be explained by contemporary Earth science, but it is known that they served as a near-limitless power sources for the warp-drive engines of the Makluan starship of Axonn-Karr.

"Iron Man 3" is produced by Kevin Feige and executive produced by Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Louis D’Esposito, Charles Newirth, Victoria Alonso, Stephen Broussard and Dan Mintz. 

The Walt Disney Company China, Marvel Studios and DMG Entertainment will also co-produce "Iron Man 3" in China, with DMG  managing the Chinese co-production process.

The film opens  in North America May 3, 2013.

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