Re: Speculation thread as to where the Avengers are
The answer is that there is "no such thing as heroes." If Mandarin makes Tony look like a criminal, then SHIELD can't come to his rescue since he's on the wanted list. Fury's hands would be tied, and Rhodey would represent that, maybe even communicate that. Cap might be on a mission, and BW and Hawkeye aren't going to go bucking protocol to save Tony.
Thor is away, and Hulk is in hiding/unaware of the situation. It's actually relatively easy to isolate Tony if you turn the government against him. It'll be harder for Cap, I think, unless his movie takes place at the same time as IM3.