Originally Posted by The Batman
Even IF Mandarin was historically a terrible stereotype, the IM3 team had a chance to fix that and make him truly memorable.
Black and Pearce exercised the option to adapt Mandarin as they saw fit, since he was such a mess of a character in the comics. Their version of Mandarin was
a way of fixing the character, in that they reshaped and used him in a way that worked for their screenplay.