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Comics101.com sends a love letter to Axel Braun's Iron Man XXX

 Major Comic Site Applauds Braun’s Interpretation of The Mandarin in Adult Movie from Vivid
LOS ANGELES June 10th 2013 – In his article “Speaking Mandarin” for Comics 101, editor Scott Tipton discusses the evolution of the Mandarin character portrayed recently in the summer blockbuster movie, “Iron Man 3.” But, Tipton believes, Axel Braun’s Mandarin adaptation in the adult movie parody “Iron Man XXX” from Vivid Entertainment comes the closest to the comic book.
Derrick Pierce as Mandarin in ‘Iron Man XXX.’ Image courtesy of vivid.com. ‘Iron Man XXX’ DVD cover courtesy of vivid.com.“After being ever so lightly hinted at in the first Iron Man film (with the cleverly named ‘Ten Rings’ terrorist organization, a reference to the comic-book Mandarin’s ‘magic rings,’ the source of his powers), nearly everyone had expected the Mandarin to be the Big Bad in an Iron Man film sooner or later, and with the casting of Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley as the Mandarin in ‘Iron Man 3,’ it looked as though that’s what we were getting. But although everyone expected the Mandarin…the Mandarin wasn’t really the Mandarin, instead just being a puppet for the world media…” says Tipton.
After reviewing earlier interpretations of the character, Tipton concludes: “Ironically, for the closest adaptation of the comic-book Mandarin, you’d have to go to porn director Axel Braun, whose willingness to recreate comics costumes and story lines in his line of best-selling ‘porn parodies’ is firmly established. However you may feel about porn, there’s no denying Braun’s geek cred. Take a look at Derrick Pierce as the Mandarin in Braun’s newest release from Vivid, ‘Iron Man XXX.’ “As a die-hard comic geek since childhood, I always strive to bring characters that I parody to life, the way I envisioned them as a kid,” said Braun. “The Mandarin is such an iconic, over-the-top, anachronistic villain that I simply could not imagine him without his scaled helmet and his rings. Don’t get me wrong, Ben Kingsley is a tremendous actor, and I understand the need for mainstream to have a different, modernized approach to superheroes in order to appeal to a broader audience. But I don’t need to have a $100 million opening weekend, and I am just thrilled that my adult parody has won accolades among fans like Scott Tipton.”

Disclaimer: "Iron Man XXX: An Axel Braun Parody" is not sponsored, endorsed by or affiliated with Marvel Characters, Inc., Marvel Studios or any person or entity affiliated with them.

About Vivid: Founded in 1984, Vivid has always placed heavy emphasis on high quality erotic film entertainment and has created wide brand-name awareness through its films, innovative marketing, and a licensing program that extends to advertising, apparel, book publishing and a range of other products. The VividTV division offers programming that includes the full range of offerings from the largest single adult studio archive. In addition to its Vivid-Celeb imprint famous for celebrity sex tapes, the company is known for its Vivid SuperXXXHeroes parodies. Mainstream television audiences got to know the company through two seven-part series on Showtime. Co-founder and CEO Steven Hirsch received the first AVN Visionary Award as a leader who "has propelled innovation and taken his company and the business as a whole to new heights." The company's website, www.vivid.com, has a loyal following of fans of Vivid movies. For more on Vivid visit twitter.com/VividCorp or facebook.com/vividgirls.

 About Axel Braun: The son of legendary porn-pioneer Lasse Braun and grandson of a diplomat, Axel Braun was born and raised in Italy, where he received a privileged upper-class upbringing. Fluent in five languages, a member of MENSA, a film-school graduate, and the bearer of a Ph.D. in psychology, Axel has a unique cultural background that definitely sets him apart from the many other directors in the adult industry. A second-generation AVN Hall-of-Famer, over the span of his career he has won many awards all over the world for directing, producing, screenwriting, and editing, including three consecutive “Director Of The Year” AVN awards. For more information visit facebook.com/AxelBraun and twitter.com/axelbraun