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Marvel has issued a statement which explains that an exclusive version of Iron Man 3 will be released in China with additional footage which won’t be included in the film’s Hollywood release.

Two different versions of Iron Man 3? That’s what Marvel has decided on for its next blockbuster with Chinese co-production partner DMG. According to the statement released below, the film will have alternate scenes included in the Chinese version of Iron Man 3 which will include China’s “top actress” Fan Bingbing, actor Wang Xueqi, and some “additional footage” specifically prepared for the film’s Chinese audience. Check out the press release below thanks to Deadline:

iron man 3 fan bingbingMarvel Studios and DMG announced that a Chinese version of Iron Man 3 will be released in China on a date to be announced in the near future. DMG, a Chinese media and entertainment company, collaborated with Marvel Studios on the Chinese elements in the film, and is marketing and distributing the film in China. While Marvel and DMG have decided not to apply for co-production status in China, the film includes significant Chinese elements. Renowned Chinese actor Wang Xueqi will appear in both the studio’s Chinese version of the film and in its international and domestic US version. Both versions of the film include Iron Man 3 footage filmed in Beijing in December. The Chinese version of the film will also feature a special appearance of China’s top actress, Fan Bingbing, and will offer specially prepared bonus footage made exclusively for the Chinese audience. Marvel Studios’ experience working on this film with Fan Bingbing and Wang Xueqi and in shooting in China has been very positive and has created a springboard for future collaboration with China’s talented stars and its growing film and television industry. The Iron Man cast and filmmakers look forward to bringing Iron Man back to China.

Interested to see what footage will be added to the Chinese version of ‘Iron Man 3’?

This may seem strange to moviegoers, especially for those that haven’t been following the film closely, but Iron Man 3 was funded partially by a Chinese based production company called DMG and some of Iron Man 3 was also filmed in Beijing a few months back. Due to the partnership that has produced this film, Marvel and DMG feel that the Chinese audience will appreciate some additional footage and what we assume will be more screen time for their top actress, Fan Bingbing.

iron man 3 in china

We’re curious to see how this will change the film, if at all, but more importantly if a precedent will be set for the co-production and funding of large films such as Iron Man 3 and whether we’ll start seeing changes to other films in the future which are partially funded by companies outside of the US. With the foreign box office becoming more and more vital to the success of big-budget films, we imagine this is just the start of what’s to come.

Just for reference, The Avengers made $623 million at the U.S. box office, but it made $888 million at the foreign box office. The foreign box office continues to bring in the majority of the box office numbers for these massive blockbusters and this will continue to be the case as studios start taking on production partners that exist outside the states.

Iron Man 3 is only a little over a month away now from its May 3 U.S. release date. It will be released in international theaters a week earlier on April 26.

  • http://dft.ba/-alex-ander Alex Ander

    Whaaaaat?!
    China almost always *removes* footage, not adding more in!

    It’s a neat idea to have a Chinese actress included, though. If Hollywood gives *US* a bad perception of ourselves, it certainly does damage to Chinese self-perception by glorifying pretty much exclusively white people.

    • Liderc

      Most of what you’re talking about is when China censors certain things in their films and media, like skeletons (they don’t allow skeletons in video games heh) and whatnot. This seems more like the production company has a say in the final cut, which seems a little odd.

      I think their big actress will be in our version, she’ll just have a few extra scenes in the Chinese version. I think it’s interesting, this will cost money for sure since they’ll have to make two different cuts, which seems to mean the China based production company had some sort of say in what the final product looks like. This could be bad news for future films depending on how much say these “backers” have in future films.

      I doubt it’ll make a difference really, but I see this as a slippery slope – you don’t really want money guys telling artists what to do with their work. The final product and then the audience are usually the ones who suffer when that happens.

      • http://dft.ba/-alex-ander Alex Ander

        Good points, but it’s been decades since the “money guys” took control of the operation.
        Hollywood isn’t actually about making movies, it’s about funding them and selling them. A movie doesn’t get money unless the studio executives think it’ll turn a profit – that’s why crappy movies like Transformers 3 get millions of dollars of funding. No one’s expecting them to be well-made or important, they know lots of bored people will buy tickets to see it.

        As for the censorship… it’s not usually plain old violence that’s removed, it’s anything that could be considered controversial or contrary to the Chinese government’s idea of what people should and shouldn’t know. “Cloud Atlas” lost 40 minutes of the movie including scenes with gay lovers, partial nudity, etc. but actually emphasized the violent bits (a man being thrown off of a building and splatting on the pavement made it in, for example). But it’s hard to predict exactly what China will take because it doesn’t seem very consistent.

        • Liderc

          Oh, trust me I know that Hollywood makes films to make money, but this is different. A studio won’t fund a film if they don’t think it’ll turn a profit, but changing a film after it’s finished to make it more profitable in their country is a weird thing to do.

          This isn’t censorship, this is altering the film to cater to another country due to the production company being partially funded by a Chinese company. I don’t know if it’s a first in the industry, but it’s the first I’ve heard of a film this size doing it willfully instead of censoring like we’ve seen in the past.

          • CliveRogan

            I’d guess censorship’s not the right word, but it’s something that happens all the time, and whenever productions do this it strikes me as odd and often patronizing when it comes down to it. Usually this sort of thing happens to the end of a film, where some countries don’t feel their populace so can’t handle films not having a happy ending. Pride and Prejudice and The Descent come to mind.

            Also, with the Cloud Atlas example, that film was funded partially by a Chinese country, it’s why it was shown there, but they still edited it to remove all of the things they considered unsavory.

            I guess we’ll have to see what is different about it, but it’s a worrying trend that only highlights that only money matters and not art to movie producers. If the China exclusive stuff is good, why does the rest of the world not get to see it?

          • Liderc

            Exactly, what if the additional footage is good, then we’re missing out. I doubt it’s going to be that way, but I could see that happening in the future. They want to feature their big actress and that’s cool, overall it just means bigger box office. I just find it interesting that they’re catering to a specific country lol, it just seems bizarre. It makes sense, just bizarre that they’re trying to bait another audience by including more footage of their favorite star. They should have just included her more if she was integral to the story.

  • Glaciusx

    Wow…just as long as they include it on the DVD/Blu-Ray, I’m good.

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