Originally Posted by Crimson King
No way in Hades it's Killian playing Mandarin. They wouldn't emasculate Iron Man's greatest enemy like that. Not happening.
Feige already said that Mandarin has been operating behind the scenes since IM1. I suppose it's possible that it's really Killian that's the head of all this, but I put that possibility at around 1%. It would totally kill the Mandarin character to have that happen.
We'd have to call Mandarin "Banedarin" if that happens.
Look at the history of the Ten Rings from Iron Man through the present and it's clear that the Mandarin has been targeting Tony Stark for years. In fact, Mandarin is responsible for Tony Stark becoming Iron Man, because it was his henchmen's kidnapping Tony, injuring him and forcing him to create a weapon for them that lead to his creation of the arc reactor and armor.
Indirectly causing the creation of a hero must have been galling for Mandarin, but he and his underlings saw opportunities arising from Iron Man. They could try to acquire Stark's armor while at the same time helping Vanko to attack him. When Vanko not only failed but left Stark even stronger, perhaps Mandarin was provoked into finding a more direct method of destroying his nemesis.