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.
The rings aren't his origin, and that's really the key to using him.
The Mandarin's origin is that he is an aristocrat who took every penny that should have been spent running his fiefdom and helping the people he ruled, and he spent it making himself into the ultimate scientist and martial artist. THAT'S his origin. The rings are as incidental as Doom's armor.