Marvel Studios announced today that they'd be releasing a special cut of Iron Man 3 specifically for Chinese audiences. Marvel worked with DMG, a Chinese film company, on the new Iron Man film with the latter distributing the film in China. The Chinese version will feature an appearance by Fan Bingbing, who recently signed on to play Blink in X-Men: First Class: Days of Future Past and will have additional bonus features.
Critics of the move accused Marvel of trying to trick fans into seeing multiple versions of the films in hopes of profiting off the completest mentality that many comic book fans suffer from. "That's ridiculous," said an unnamed Marvel executive while hastily covering up a Iron Man 3: Black and White Variant poster.
Here's the press release:
Marvel Studios and DMG announced that a Chinese version of IRON MAN 3 will be released in China on a date to be announced in the near future. DMG, a Chinese media and entertainment company, collaborated with Marvel Studios on the Chinese elements in the film, and is marketing and distributing the film in China. While Marvel and DMG have decided not to apply for co-production status in China, the film includes significant Chinese elements. Renowned Chinese actor Wang Xueqi will appear in both the studio’s Chinese version of the film and in its international and domestic US version. Both versions of the film include Iron Man 3 footage filmed in Beijing in December. The Chinese version of the film will also feature a special appearance of China’s top actress, Fan Bingbing, and will offer specially prepared bonus footage made exclusively for the Chinese audience. Marvel Studios’ experience working on this film with Fan Bingbing and Wang Xueqi and in shooting in China has been very positive and has created a springboard for future collaboration with China’s talented stars and its growing film and television industry. The IRON MAN cast and filmmakers look forward to bringing IRON MAN back to China.
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