Originally Posted by cherokeesam
Could be, but I'm going with the premise that Tony will be alone for a good portion of this movie. Based on Black's comments about getting Tony back to the cave, back to where he has to rely on himself instead of others. If it was simply a matter of Mandarin hurling a mercenary army at Avenger Iron Man, The World's Most Favoritest Supahh-Hero and all that jazz, I don't see how Tony would wind up being alone in his battle; he'd have lots of buddies to help him out against that mean ol' Mandarin. I'm more inclined to believe Tony becomes an outcast and outlaw, and has to win back his reputation and standing.
I'm more into the thought that maybe the Mandarin starts to sabotage Stark and Stark Industries to make him have a falling out with all those close to him, leaving him and his reputation in tatters.