China's Getting Its Very Own 'Iron Man 3'

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Looks like Marvel had more than one reason to film portions of Iron Man 3 in Beijing last year: The studio has just announced that Chinese audiences will be getting a special cut of the movie.

As Marvel's press release put it:

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.

It's just the latest in a series of recent overtures from Hollywood to China, and in this case, it makes more sense than most, given that part of the story takes place there -- and that the film's main villain, the Mandarin, has deep (and really rather offensive) Chinese roots in the comics.

If you're the type of filmgoer who can't help getting upset when there's a special cinematic goodie you can't get your hands on, never fear; as Collider points out, those scenes will more than likely be available on the DVD/Blu-ray release. In the meantime, the non-Chinese version of Iron Man 3 is still scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 3.

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