03/29/2013 02:21 pm ET

'Iron Man 3' In China: Alternate Version Of Marvel Blockbuster Headed To Chinese Theaters

Chinese film audiences will get to see "Iron Man 3," but not the version that screens in U.S. cinemas.

On Friday, Marvel announced plans for the "Iron Man 3" China release, noting that the Shane Black film will "feature a special appearance of China’s top actress, Fan Bingbing, and will offer specially prepared bonus footage made exclusively for the Chinese audience."

In addition to Bingbing's role, "Iron Man 3" also includes an appearance from Wang Xueqi, an acclaimed Chinese actor. Xuegi's role will also feature in the U.S. version of "Iron Man 3."

This isn't the first time an American film has prepared an alternate version for Chinese audiences. Earlier this year, the teen comedy "21 and Over" went through similar modifications. From earlier coverage:

According to The Los Angeles Times, the version of "21 and Over" that will premiere in China opens with [one character] attending a Chinese University, and then returning there after his birthday.

"'21 & Over,' in China, is sort of a story about a boy who leaves China, gets corrupted by our wayward, Western partying ways and goes back to China a better person,” Lucas said to The Times.

Films are sometimes edited down for Chinese release as well: 2012 releases "Skyfall" and "Cloud Atlas" were reportedly censored by the Chinese government because of content concerns. "Cloud Atlas," for instance, was apparently cut by 40 minutes to remove a section of the film that focuses on a same-sex couple.

For more on the "Iron Man 3" China release, head over to Coming Soon.

[via Coming Soon]

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