Originally Posted by darkslayer101
Exactly, Tony even says that he created Mandarin at the opening flashback narration, the only thing this Mandarin is missing is ten rings shooting out lasers, other than that this was a solid Mandarin
Even a Mandarin without powers would have been adequate, but giving him abilities that allow him to physically battle Iron Man
actually brings him even closer to his comic-book counterpart.
I think using Extremis to grant him these powers
was a great idea. Rings shooting fire, laser beams, and all manner of bizarre effect
would have been difficult and lengthy to explain. In my opinion, just having the "Mandarin facade" (as I like to call it) wear ten rings was a nod enough to the comic rings.