RADIOACTIVE MAN JOINS THE CHARACTER LINEUP IN IRON MAN 3
No, not that Radioactive Man.
According to Chinesefilms.cn, actor Wang Xueqi (Warriors of Heaven and Earth) will join the Iron Man 3 cast as a character named Chen Lu which, if you’re up on your Marvel Comics villains, is the true name of The Radioactive Man, a Chinese scientist who was exposed to a massive dose of radiation (that was a big thing at Marvel back in the 60′s, apparently) and can emit and manipulate it at will. It also turned his skin a lovely shade of iridescent green, as you can see here:
Since Ben Kinglsey is playing the Mandarin, and a portion of the film is set in China, I’m sure Chen Lu will simply be a scientist assisting with The Mandarin’s nefarious plans to destroy Tony Stark and probably won’t take on this glowy green form. This character joins an already jam-packed cast of semi-obscure Marvel villains such as Firepower, Coldblood, and Dr. Aldrich Killian, who invents the “Extremis” technology that will feature heavily in the sequel. Iron Man 3 also stars Gweneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau, and Rebecca Hall. Look for it in theaters on May 3, 2013.