No China in Disney-Marvel 'Iron Man 3', despite co-production deal


for “Iron Man 3” debuted last week, giving fans a glimpse of Tony Stark’s new armor, snazzy shots of his seaside mansion under attack, and a first look at

Ben Kingsley

as the Mandarin. One thing it doesn’t have: any hint of



In April, Walt Disney Co., Marvel Studios and Beijing-based DMG Entertainment announced with no small amount of fanfare their intention to make “Iron Man 3” a Chinese co-production. They talked about incorporating a Chinese angle into the script and said they expected to begin location filming in China in late summer.

"Adding a local flavor, and working with our new local partner, will enhance the appeal and relevance of our characters in China's fast-growing film marketplace," Rob Steffens, general manager of operations and finance for Marvel, said in a statement unveiling the deal.

-- Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times