More 'facts' on the Iron Man 3 villain rumor that just won't die

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Dec 17, 2012, 3:16 PM EST

We've been wondering who Tony Stark's Iron Man 3 foe will be since about three minutes after we saw Iron Man 2. One iconic villain name just keeps coming up, despite denials and dismissals, even from director Shane Black himself. Well, guess what? That rumor's still not dead.

The latest whispers that Iron Man's archnemesis the Mandarin will make his first big-screen appearance next year come courtesy of Latino Review, which seems absolutely convinced that "The Mandarin (as played by Ben Kingsley) is a villain in Iron Man 3." The site doesn't really go into much detail about where they're getting this information, but they do claim that "some crew member" from the flick's North Carolina set spilled a confirmation that Mandarin is up to bat for Iron Man 3.

We've suspected that this would happen for ages now. Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau has long been an advocate for getting Mandarin to the screen, and when Kingsley was cast the Internet exploded with rumors that he'd be the iconic villain. New denials and confirmations of the character's appearance in the next flick seem to pop up on the 'net every week, though, and we seem to be no closer to actually settling the question.

Latino Review also claims that Mandarin won't be the main villain in the flick, but rather "a silent partner to Guy Pearce's Aldrich Killian." That seems like the kind of detail that would lend more weight to this incarnation of the rumor, but as usual we can't really be sure until Black, Kingsley or someone else comes out and says it.

What do you think? Is it worth keeping the Mandarin rumors alive?

(Via Latino Review)

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