But let's talk about Pepper.
What about the Mandarin?
The most widely spoken language in the world, it is the official language of China and Taiwan. Why have Tony Stark's great enemy be called after the most popular language in the world? Well, it's probably because the things he will say in the film, the sentiments he will express in hating America and billionaires like Stark is that those ideas are the most widely held ideas in the world, that pretty much everyone hates America today. Do you remember what we discussed regarding Victoria and Julia in Oblivion? That the film seems to be suggesting our real mate is the Russians, not the British? Keep that in mind when something is revealed about the Mandarin. I certainly wasn't expecting it.
|There are two Downtown Abbey scenes invoked in Iron Man 3; this is another perfect example of the implied and unimplied reader. Because the film makers are big fans of the show, they carefully selected the scenes that would be playing in the background when certain events are taking place. Never having seen a single episode of Downtown Abbey, I qualify as the unimplied viewer because I have no knowledge I am bringing with me to the scene upon which I can draw references in further engaging with Iron Man 3; if you are a fan of the series, you are the implied reader, you have the knowledge base the film makers want to access to aide you in watching Iron Man and reward your devotion to the series with recognizing your favorite characters outside of the regular series. "Tom Branson (Allen Leech) is seen professing love to his dear Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown-Findlay) not once but twice," while Iron Man's Happy Hogan watches TV; why? both Hogan and Branson were chauffeurs (in Iron Man 3, Happy Hogan is promoted to Stark's security chief). You can read the entire article at this link for more; I would deeply appreciate fans of the series to email me with their interpretations as to why the specific scenes included (they are detailed in the link above) are where they are in the film and what you think they mean (the link above offers an interpretation).|
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