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Marvel’s Iron Man 3, which is one of the most anticipated films of the summer, has just secured a May 3 release date in China. While that is the same day that the film will hit theaters in the U.S., Chinese audiences will get a different cut of the film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this is a rare feat for a Hollywood film, even one co-produced by a Chinese studio. In fact, it hasn’t happened since the Joseph Gordon-Levitt film Looper opened on Sept. 28, 2012 in both countries. That film was also co-financed by a Chinese studio.
Last month, Marvel and Disney announced that they would be releasing a special cut in China that would feature actress Fan Bingbing and other exclusive scenes. All cuts will feature scenes with Wang Xueqi and footage filmed in Beijing.
While China and the U.S. have to wait until May 3, The Wrap notes that 11 countries will get to see it Wednesday and another 25 markets will get it over the weekend. Analysts are predicting the film to open with at least $160 million at the box office in the U.S.
Fans will also get to watch the premiere in Hollywood tonight, which is streaming on Yahoo, reports USA Today. Stars Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow will be there, along with reporters and fashion experts to go over the event.