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New ‘Iron Man 3′ TV Spot Gives a First Look at the Mandarin’s Evil Forces

Marvel

As this new ‘Iron Man 3‘ TV spot reminds us, the latest Tony Stark adventure is only a month away, but we don’t need to tell you that. We know you and everyone you know are going to see it. However, this new spot does give us our first solid look at one of the more unique threats we’ve seen in the Marvel movie universe: The Mandarin’s super soldiers!

Like the past few trailers, this new footage puts a spotlight on Ben Kingsley‘s villainous Mandarin and his new dialogue (referring to “my fellow Americans” and “my soldiers”) makes him sound like a homegrown international threat. However, it also gives us a glimpse at his team of henchmen.

[POTENTIAL SPOILERS: Based on the comic book storyline, it seems like they've been given superpowers thanks to the Extremis Virus, a nano-weapon that gives its subject all the powers of a high-tech suit of armor without the armor (as seen in the comic arch for 'Iron Man: Extremis'). If you're handy with the pause button, you can get a good look at one of these guys around the 0:20 mark of the video. How do you know he's a bad guy? Because Extremis is making his eyes glow red, of course. END SPOILERS]

We also get a moment with Guy Pearce‘s Aldrich Killian, the morally shady scientist who helps create the Extremis technology and is working with The Mandarin on building an army to do…uh, lots and lots of bad stuff? Other than those revelations, the spot delivers everything you expect (and want): action, action, Robert Downey Jr. witticisms, action and more action.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: ‘Iron Man 3′ may be the first film of the summer, but everything we’ve seen so far suggests that it plans to set the bar pretty high for every 2013 blockbuster. We’ll know for sure on May 3.

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