China Getting an Alternate 'Iron Man 3' Cut with Exclusive Footage
When we heard that Marvel was looking to shoot some scenes from Iron Man 3 in China, we assumed it had something to do with Mandarin, and that was even before Ben Kingsley was officially revealed to by playing the comic book arch nemesis of Tony Stark. As it turns out, there's something different in store for the superhero on the other side of the world. We already knew that Chinese actor Wang Xueqi would have a role in the sequel, but now Marvel Studios and the Chinese media and entertainment company DMG have announced that an alternate cut of the film will be released in China with a new cast member. More below!
A press release today announced that while scenes featuring Xueqi will be featured in both versions of the film playing in China and elsewhere around the world, there will be more footage shot in Beijing last December appearing in a special Chinese cut of the film. DMG collaborated with Marvel on several Chinese elements in the film, and that includes featuring one of the country's most popular actresses, Fan Bingbing (who also just landed a role in X-Men: Days of Future Past), in some sort of role. As of now, the Chinese version of the film doesn't have a set release date, but it won't be arriving at the same time it hits the rest of the world. Perhaps the trade off will be enough for Chinese fans to enjoy.
Honestly, while it's interesting to see Marvel working with the Chinese entertainment industry for something like this, it's also a bit disconcerting. It seems that the only reason this is happening is to pander to Chinese audiences in order to grab even bigger box office numbers overseas. And considering their government is so controlling of their entertainment and more, it's likely that this was done in order to make sure China was painted in a positive light for a film that plenty of Chinese people want to see. The inclusion of Fan Bingbing also just proves that this is a cash grab job, and nothing ground breaking. Thoughts?