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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Iron Man 3 - Mandarin's Tattoo

Iron Man 3 - Mandarin's Tattoo
Iron Man 3 releases on May 3rd, 2013

Mandarin's Tattoo 

 “Heroes – there is no such thing.”
That's the first lesson Mandarin wants to impress upon his audience during his voice-over in the trailer. However, it seems he may have more of a superhero fetish than he's letting on. The brief shot of Mandarin removing his hood shows that the villain has a tattoo of Captain America's shield on the back of his neck. Is this some sort of homage to the world's first super-soldier, or is it meant to be an ironic display? Is it just a coincidence that Iron Man 2's Whiplash also sported a wide variety of tattoos? 

It's even possible that Mandarin himself may be some sort of product of the super-soldier arms race. In the comics, the character is shown to be an elite martial artist in addition to wielding his ten rings of power. By focusing his chi, Mandarin can hit hard enough to shatter even Iron Man's armor. Re-imagining him as some sort of black market Cap knockoff may be a more plausible way of granting Mandarin the same level of fighting prowess. Is this where the Extremis process comes in?

Info via IGN.com

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