Originally Posted by Iron_Stark
Wait what? Mandarin is and always has been tech based. Alien tech but still tech based. There was never anything magical or mystical about him. .
That's not completely true. He's been said to use magic to enhance his tech a few times, and his martial arts are mystic. However, it's always been subtle, and never remotely to the extent that he could be called a wizard type of character.
Rather, it would be more accurate to call him the ultimate opportunist and predator. He'll use a piece of tech taken from aliens here, a bit of stolen starktech there, a stolen spell here, a bit of mystic chi martial arts he conned a wiseman into teaching him there, and put it all together in a soup of stolen badassery.
That's the key to understanding him, he's a thieving oppurtunistic bastard who will use anything, science, alien junk, magic, mystic martial arts, whatever to advance himself.