Re: Mandarin discussion thread
I think regardless of Black's views on the Manderin or even if there was another director doing IM3, Mandarin would still have to be adapted in some fashion to fit the story. Like a lot of Marvel properties he has decades worth of backstory, so it would have to be tailored to today's standards of story telling. Any version of Mandarin we would see on the big screen would (or should) be a version that stands up to those standards.
Though saying that I think any hope for seeing Mandarin in IM3 is pretty low at this point.