Ten Rings

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When I first heard that the Mandarin was going to be in IM3, my first thought was “how are they gonna do the rings?” They ruled out the magic/alien tech from the comics origin, so I imagined that each was a mini arc reactor, created by the Chinese or somesuch in an attempt to reverse engineer/replicate Stark’s (senior’s or junior’s) work, and the result was a bunch of rings, each with different powers they weren’t originally designed to have, but useful all the same –especially in the hands of a terrorist who steals them & learns how to properly wield them.

Free internets for me if I turn out to be right…unfortunately, there’s also the distinct possibility that they’re just powerless trinkets/junk that he wears symbolically. That’d blow.

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    1. has to be from a giant dragon. end of story.


    2. With all the arabic looking writing, I’m not sure how they are still calling him the Mandarin.


      • There’s actually a very strong middle eastern influence in southeast Asia and southern China. There are a lot of place where Asian culture has in Arabic influence.

        I spent some time in Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong a while back. There were a large number of mosques within spitting distance of old Buddhist shrines. Of course there were sometimes laws preventing the outright existence of religious buildings in certain areas, so they were named learning centers or something to circumvent the laws. Regardless the buildings were still used for worship.

        Technically speaking, it’s all Asian, but I used the terms Middle Eastern and Asian to try to be clear.


      • The letters look Arabic, if a little over-stylized, but the language isn’t Arabic as far as I can tell and I have a working knowledge of the language. I’m thinking it’s either Urdu or Farsi, or a classic case of Hollywood just making stuff up either due to laziness or to avoid any clear association with any specific culture.


    3. According to a very reliable source, Mandarin’s rings will be tech-based so don’t expect some ice or electro blast in the movie.


    4. “They ruled out the magic/alien tech…”
      Da fuck ? So now what ? Thor’s gonna get retconned into a “real” god ? ?! What about Dr. Strange ?


    5. “Mento-intensifier?” Really?

      The problem of villains with many powers is that they always forget to use one or five in the final battle, ensuring that the hero can win.


    6. They didn’t rule out alien tech/magic, they had multiple movies dealing with the fucking power cube.


    7. that is certainly mongolian script


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