Originally Posted by cherokeesam
Maybe he gets replaced *during* the movie...?
Either way, I'm still curious about what happened to Ashley Hamilton. If that's *not* him, then is he even in the movie at all, or can we dismiss Jack Taggert/Firepower entirely as a rumor that never panned out?
Could be him, I guess it would make a lot more sense that Mandarin has one of his guys replace Rhodey physically and infiltrates the military ahead of time. Before extremis is finished. after whichever of his attacks happens first. The Firepower suit can be similar to War Machine in some ways, and they wouldn't kill off Rhodey. Maybe he does object to what the gov't/military is doing and another pilot quickly steps in.
Mandi might have a small army in his employ, and then a bigger one I'm pretty sure.
I think Coldblood and Firepower are like his personal assassins, and Taggert himself gets drawn into it. Sort of manipulated into it.
Killian/Maya may try to betray Mandarin and Killian will suffer the consequences, but by that point extremis is already created.