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The appearance of The Mandarin in the latest Iron Man 3 trailer did plenty to restart fanboy speculation about a certain set of rings that were alluded to in past films, but Kevin Feige is putting an end to those rumors as quickly as he can.

Ever since Iron Man was announced back in 2006, fans have awaited the arrival of his arch-enemy The Mandarin. When the first trailer emerged, it became clear that the first Iron Man would be dealing with Obadiah Stane (known as The Iron Monger in the comics), instead of the icon that can arguably be called Iron Man’s biggest foe.

Fans theorized that The Mandarin wasn’t chosen because of Iron Man‘s firm position in reality. In the comics, The Mandarin possessed ten rings of extraordinary power. They were capable of shooting fire, ice, and well- you can see how something like that wouldn’t work out in Jon Favreau’s vision.

Now this fancy new trailer is out, and heavily featured is The Mandarin, complete with his ten rings of power. The symbol of the Ten Rings (pictured to the right) has been present in the Iron Man films since the very beginning, so it’s been safe to assume that this was coming, but fans have begun to ask the big question.

Will the rings retain their mystical properties and edge more towards the cosmic Marvel universe featured in Thor and The Avengers? Will Iron Man 3 stay in tune with it’s starkly realistic roots and drop the magic?

Kevin Feige has a definitive answer for fans, although it remains possible that the rings will function as more than just Jewelry on Ben Kingsley’s fingers.

“This version of The Mandarin will not follow that same backstory,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in an interview with Entertainment Weekly (via CBM). “Don’t expect aliens.”

This news seems to confirm that Iron Man 3 will be keeping close to the realism that Jon Favreau used to begin the saga, maybe using The Mandarin to bring the trilogy around full circle (pun intended).

Don’t know what we’re talking about? Check out the symbol of the terrorist organization that kidnapped Stark in the first place.

What are you expecting from ‘Iron Man 3′?

  • http://twitter.com/vonchambers Devon Chambers

    I’m happy, I was not really a fan of the aliens in The Avengers although i enjoyed the movie overall. I prefer the realistic approach more so than sci-fi, hope this movie is as awesome as the trailer makes it look.

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  • grapes9h5

    Yeah i prefer Iron Man films to be 100% real world grounded outside of Tony’s actual near future sci-fi arc reactor tech.

  • alazear2

    First off I am glad that they are keeping the Mandarin grounded in reality. I just hope that were not gonna see another Iron Man vs some other guy in a suit fight that we saw in the first to. my belief is that the iron man films need to keep it reality based to counteract the cosmic feel of Thor and the Avengers (in that same vain i would say that the captain america films are similar to the iron man films. even though the Teseract appeared in the First Avenger, it didnt make the movie all fantasy like). Second its Obedian STANE not stone (sorry it just bothered me).

    • http://Hypable.com/ James Bean

      Thank you very much! Didn’t catch that, changing it now.

  • Abster1417

    Omgosh!! I totally did not realize the flag in the back of the terrorist video on the first movie!! So blows my mind… But I’m glad that they’re keeping the iron man movies grounded. Don’t get me wrong, I like sci/fi, but I can only take so much of it. And in the Avengers you need some reality (enter Iron Man and Captain America). Hulk sort of is both just because you don’t really expect something like that to happen, but it’s not alien type stuff either. Anyway, I’m excited about the new movie and how they’re keeping it ‘real.’

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