Originally Posted by cherokeesam
Not even close. What I'm suggesting is more like the equivalent of Lex Luthor being a puppet of Brainiac. Luthor would be powerful enough and arrogant enough to believe that he wears the britches in the relationship, but Brainiac is really calling all the shots. And that's a situation/analogy that is highly, highly probable.
Killian is no Brainiac. Even if they make him Scientist Supreme, he's no Brainiac. They're not even in the same ballpark.
Forget all that, though. Would it make sense to show Luthor as a lackey the first time
we're introduced to him in the Superman universe? Who could take him seriously after that? He's Superman's nemesis, just like Mandarin is Tony's, and I have a hard time believing Killian, of all people, would take center stage when Mandarin is around.
I think you're letting your opinion of the Mandarin character skew your view of the plot.