Originally Posted by Mr. Dent
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 obviously the rings Extremis based. They can't shoot lasers or whatever but they can do things just as effective that look cooler and not as silly.
Pure speculation at this point. Every time anybody is asked if the Rings have powers, they pretty much say "no." If the Rings *do* have any connection to Extremis, it's probably little more than hacking into Tony's Extremis armor, or activating the "virus" in one or more of Mandarin's henchmen. I wouldn't expect to see them shoot fireballs or ice bolts or such. Would be cool if they do, and more authentic to comic-book Mandarin, but I'm not betting on it at this point.