If you have not yet seen Iron Man 3, then we suggest that you stop reading now, as this contains a very big spoiler from the movie.
Iron Man 3 director Shane Black has decided to speak out in defence of the big twist in the Marvel movie. Fans of Iron Man were very disappointed at Shane Black's decision to reveal that the main villain of the movie, The Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), was a fraud and actually an actor pretending to be a terrorist. However, Shane says that he felt the twist was a very clever and unique idea.
Black ranted to Screen Rant, "I would say that we struggled to find a way to present a mythic terrorist that had something about him that registered after the movie's over as having been a unique take, or a clever idea, or a way to say something of use. And what was of use about the Mandarin's portrayal in this movie, to me, is that it offers up a way that you can sort of show how people are complicit in being frightened. They buy into things in the way that the audience for this movie buys into it."
He added, "And hopefully, by the end you're like, 'Yeah, we were really frightened of the Mandarin, but in the end he really wasn't that bad after all'. In fact, the whole thing was just a product of this anonymous, behind-the-scenes guy. I think that's a message that's more interesting for the modern world because I think there's a lot of behind-the-scenes, a lot of fear, that's generated toward very available and obvious targets, which could perhaps be directed more intelligently at what's behind them."
Despite this rather disappointing twist, Iron Man 3 has earned some impressive reviews and has been a huge box office success. Iron Man 3 has already grossed almost $1bn worldwide and is like to have easily surpassed that mark by the end of the weekend.
What did you think of the Iron Man 3 twist?