Originally Posted by Kahran Ramsus
I loved it. It was probably the most original and fun part of the film. However, keep in mind that Mandarin is not an iconic villain like Red Skull or Green Goblin. He's only Iron Man's archenemy by default because he has the worst rogues gallery of pretty much any major superhero. So it didn't bother that they 'ruined' him, unlike it would if it was say...Dr. Doom.
How are you defining "iconic". As someone who didn't read comics, I wouldn't say Green Goblin was iconic. I always thought Dr. Octopus was Spider-man's arch enemy. Never even heard of Loki for most of my life, and they still made him bad ass. Galactus wasn't iconic, and I always found him corny, but everybody lost their minds because of how he was treated in the second Fantastic Four movie, and understandably so. Iron Monger, Whiplash, and even Justin Hammer were much more awesome in their movies, and they are less iconic than Mandarin. So I'm not sure why Mandarin getting the shaft is acceptable.