Originally Posted by Chris B
Personally, I've always found the Mandarin's comic origin in regards to the rings to be somewhat contrived. So I don't really have a problem with them abadoning.
And to be fair Feige did say that the rings will still be the source of his power, so its certainly possible that they may still be weapons of some sort.
This leads me to believe they are symbols of his involvement in each of the 10 terrorist organizations. Which are the source of "his power."
I think Feige is being cheeky. And at that, It's still exciting.