Originally Posted by cherokeesam
No, "nerfed" is exactly the phrase I wanted to use. To "nerf" a character is to take away all or most of their usual/known powers to make them basically a mundane. That's exactly what they did to Mandarin, as there is no evidence at all that he has any powers, even in his iconic Rings.
Mundane?? Most of Mandarin's skills are martial arts-based, so we can't tell whether they've really nerfed him or not until we see the film. And the rings are Extremis based. They can't shoot lasers or whatever but they can do things just as effective that look cooler and not as silly.