Cut Chinese Scenes from 'Iron Man 3' Will Be Featured in Short Film
Before the release of Iron Man 3 last week, news surfaced that China would be getting their own cut of the film featuring extended scenes utilizing the country's actors Wang Xueqi and Fan Bingbing. While their characters appeared only about 10 seconds in the cut of the film in the rest of the world, they were given three minutes of screentime in China's cut. Xueqi played Dr. Wu, and in the special cut, meets Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in the opening flashback in 1999, having a conversation with Jarvis, and then he shows up towards the end of the film to heal Stark's injuries with acupuncture aided surgery. More below!
Meanwhile, Bingbing played the doctor's assistant. Well, apparently the actors and the Chinese production company DMG Entertainment, who worked with Marvel on the Chinese aspects of the film, are not happy about the final cut. While Xueqi was told that his role would have weight and be the one who save's Tony Stark's life (which is essentially true), his scene, along with Bingbing, was not nearly as significant as implied, and seems even superfluous. Another scene that featured Iron Man launching into the sky in front of Dr. Wu and a group of children at Yongdingmen gate in Beijing was lazily featured on a TV screen in the doctor's office in the Chinese cut, and thus not given much prominence in the film.
However, THR reports that the cut scenes will end up in some sort of short piece called The Prologue, which would likely end up on the Blu-Ray and DVD release of the film. There's even talks that the scenes might air on TV in China, but both those possibilities are not guaranteed and are merely just speculation. The scenes will likely see the light of day at some point, but that's not the point. As someone who though this kind of special treatment was pandering for better box office, I can't say I feel sorry for DMG, but it does seem like they were misled a little bit and have a good reason to not be happy with Marvel, who is having a tough time pleasing a lot of people, especially The Avengers cast. Thoughts?
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
Name the actress who's in the extended/Chinese version of IM3 and will also star in X-Men: Days of Future Past.......
David Banner on May 9, 2013
Harry on May 14, 2013
I find this fascinating. The Chinese influence of Western films will be an interesting topic to follow in the coming years.
DAVIDPD on May 9, 2013
Gustavo Escalera on May 10, 2013
I hope DC is paying close attention of what not to do for there future hero movies.
blkstar on May 9, 2013
I'm sick of movies catering to specific audiences. Talk about a complete lack of artistic expression! Compromising the director and the other creative minds that worked on a project just so you can make a few extra bucks is despicable.
racquetman on May 9, 2013
It's the same problem Donnie Yen has right now. China has given him free reign to create movies the way he wants to... and thank goodness for that! I love his movies! That said: The price for Donnie Yen making movies the way he wants is that every movie he makes must be targeted towards a Chinese audience... period. Anyway... not sure how off-topic I am right now -_-
lewinston on May 9, 2013
Will the cut chinese scenes feature the real Mandarin. What I don't get is if Shane Black hated the character so much why did he use him in the first place.
havoc9987 on May 10, 2013
They downgraded the super villain Mandrin in order to not insult the Chinese and then added these little tid bits thinking it would be a grand gesture to write a worldly politically corrected franchise film. In the end, it was a politically correct story line that was a slap to the traditional Marvel universe and created a ton of inconsistencies than made the film crash and burn. When you try to appease to every one in the world you will find you can't please most of the people all of the time. If they stick to what made the original characters so great, based on their original background, they would do fine. Hollywood keeps going to the reboot, every director wants their "own" take on an already great developed character and always wonders why their rewritten version does poorly. It is because the source material was good, their own take is not. It is not that hard to write a story with a good character as most directors and studios complain, but it seems it is hard for Hollywood to understand how to write around was is already a great successful character. Until they understand what it took to make those boy scout characteristics and the historic character traits and weight on the shoulders of such that made them so great, to uphold such values truly makes the character successful and popular; the producers are not going to write any story that is good. Might be able to make a great blow em up popcorn fun type of movie but in the end the films usually hold no substance. This movie has so much potential and it was wasted. Sad they may have ended the Iron Man franchise in this manner.
Jeff Bassett on May 10, 2013
Made "the movie crash and burn"? lol ! It's on its way to 1 billion dollars plus at writing time,so I wonder from which perspective you use your words. Probably the die hard fan who is uncomfortable with a few changes here and there. Did I mention that it's going to smash the billion plus mark. As fans,people need to realize that Marvel is reinvesting its profits into more and better movies with cutting edge special effects to entertain everyone even more. Say whatever you want about IM3,the air rescue scene is one of the best scenes in the history of action movies...or movies period.
Go Marvel,I trust you on May 10, 2013
Now there's token Chinese characters?
mistermysteryguest on May 11, 2013
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