Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Downey Shines

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Downey Shines

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I REALLY hope Robert Downey Jnr isnat being completely truthful when he suggested that he wonat be returning as Iron Man after the next Avengers film, because heas not only Iron Man a Robert Downey Jnr is Tony Stark.

The events of The Avengers havenat been easy on Tony Stark. Itas rattled him. Heas suffering from PTSD and anxiety. He canat sleep. Heas not paying Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) the attention she deserves. Heas so distracted in getting his Iron Man technology perfect; heas already up to version 42, or Mack 42 as his newest suit is affectionately known.

Enter The Mandarin.

The Mandarin, played to absolute perfection by Sir Ben Kingsley, is the latest villain introduced into the Marvel Universe (now in Phase 2). In a world now occupied with aliens and alternate universes, Marvel has had to introduce a villain that is completely badass, and can believably be considered a threat after the events of The Avengers a and theyave definitely succeeded.

Although he considers himself a teacher, The Mandarin is essentially a terroristas terrorist. He ticks all the boxes. He has a loyal army, heas not afraid to kill for his cause, and of course, he hates America. Originally in the comics, The Mandarin (not surprisingly) is Oriental.

Marvel Studios copped a bit of flack online when it was announced Sir Ben Kingsley was cast. But let me tell you, heas brilliant.

His turn as this villain is up there performance-wise with Heath Ledgeras turn as The Joker. He is that iconic.

After Tony Stark threatens The Mandarin, he responds by destroying Starkas home/workshop and all his Iron Man technology. Stark is only left with his Mark 42 prototype, which isnat a[approximately]battle readya, resulting in us dealing with Tony Stark a lot more than Iron Man. This is a welcome change, it really humanizes Tony Stark/Iron Man. …

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