Originally Posted by The Infernal
See, that's what I'm worried about. Even if I do want Mandarin in the film and treated respectfully I don't want the studio to force Black's hand because it's not likely to go well. Either we could end up with the film being compromised for it or Black could end up leaving and we have to make do with someone less talented.
Raimi didn't want Venom in Spidey 3, but Marvel apparently forced him to include the character, and we wound up with a crappy film. If Black doesn't want Mandarin and has someone else in mind, he should be given that leeway.