Re: Ten rings to rule them all...
I'm gonna go with a more symbolic meaning. I think if The Mandarin has all of the powers he typically has from the comics, Stark would be hard pressed to defeat him on his own. Then again, he's got Rhodey, Pepper(maybe?), and 40 other armors, so who knows? I would rather see the magic come out, and maybe it could set the stage for Dr. Strange and some others, but I doubt that's what we'll get.