WATCH: Full ‘Iron Man 3′ Trailer

Sir Ben Kingsley in Iron Man 3

As we mentioned yesterday, the promotional campaign for Iron Man 3 is getting underway, with Robert Downey Junior pitching battle against Sir Ben Kingsley as The Mandarin. Sir Ben, it is fair to say, can play rotten swine rather well.

He’s barely in the trailer, mind. Just one glowering shot of his eyes, beard and…is that a topknot? He looks pretty fed up with his hairdresser, at any rate.

Also, hats off to everyone concerned for remembering to cast a Brit as the baddy, and an Australian Brit (Guy Pearce) as the auxiliary baddy too. That’s how you make a movie, people! Never mind Jeff Bridges or Mickey Rourke! Get a Brit in!

Mr Cumberbatch, your time is nigh…

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser is a British writer, broadcaster and the the author of the book Stuff Brits Like. He is Anglophenia's resident Brit blogger, having written BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog, the Top of the Pops website, and for NME, the Guardian and elsewhere. Favorite topics include slang, Doctor Who and cramming as much music into Anglophenia as he can manage. He invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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