Marvel, Disney to Co-Produce Iron Man 3 in China; Mandarin Confirmed?

Does this confirm Mandarin as the villain in Iron Man 3? If it doesn’t, then we don’t know what will. Marvel and Disney have announced that they will co-produce and film parts of Iron Man 3 in China. Hmmmm? I wonder why. More details after the jump!

According to MarketWatch, DMG Entertainment will be facilitating the Chinese portion of the filming and production of Iron Man 3. At first we were wondering, why China? Duh! Mandarin! Shooting in the United States starts in May, and will get underway in China in the latter part of the Summer.

The Walt Disney Company China, Marvel Studios and DMG Entertainment today announced the intention to co-produce IRON MAN 3 in China. Under the arrangement, DMG Entertainment will make an investment in the production of IRON MAN 3, manage the Chinese co-production process, and jointly produce the film in China. The Chinese portion of IRON MAN 3′s production will run through DMG Entertainment in coordination with Marvel Studios’ production and creative teams. DMG will also distribute IRON MAN 3 in China in collaboration with The Walt Disney Company China.

“We look forward to working alongside DMG to bring IRON MAN to the Chinese marketplace in a significant way. We are confident that Marvel’s stories will continue to be enjoyed by Chinese audiences, and adding a local flavor, and working with our new local partner, will enhance the appeal and relevance of our characters in China’s fast-growing film marketplace,” said Rob Steffens, General Manager of Operations and Finance for Marvel Studios.

Why else film in China? I’m just saying. It seems like that’s an awful long way to go just to film a little something something. Granted, money is always a factor but still… With all of the rumors about Mandarin and Ben Kingsley taking Tony Stark on in Iron Man 3, this seems to be the nail in the coffin. What do you think? Coincidence or proof?

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