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Robert Downey Jr. is set to suit up once again this coming spring as Marvel Studios launches 'Phase Two' of its Cinematic Universe with the release its first post-Avengers offering, Iron Man 3. Directed by Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Iron Man 3 will see Tony Stark's Armored Avenger going up against his arch-nemesis The Mandarin, portrayed by Academy Award-winner Ben Kingsley (Ghandi, Sexy Beast), and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has been discussing the introduction of the classic supervillain in the latest issue of Empire Magazine (via ComicBookMovie):

"Early - and very late - drafts of Iron Man 1 featured The Mandarin as a villain," states Feige. "The Mandarin is his most famous foe in the comics mainly because he's been around the longest. If you look, there's not necessarily a definitive Mandarin storyline in the comics. So it was really about having an idea. In terms of »

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