Originally Posted by signifyingmnky
Once you consider the fact that thematically they were using the stereotyped image of an America hating, Middle Eastern terrorist to turn the stereotype on its head (Everyone looks for the scary Middle Easterner while the slick looking White Guy schemes his way into directing the leader of the free world...literally), it makes perfect sense.
And in the process makes both Shane Black and the Mandarin character he put on the screen brilliant. That people were shocked, angered, some in actual denial proves that.
Some people are having problems accepting that the image we've culturally accepted to equal a terrorist threat, wasn't. And that was the intent.
Exactly, Killian used the peoples own fear and perceptions of middle easterners against them. Everyone had focused all their fear and/or hate on the "Mandarin" because of this. He used the peoples own prejudice against them as a weapon and that's far more deadly than some energy rings.
Just look at all the stuff he did to Tony alone without ever raising a finger himself.
And THAT is why Killian is my second favorite Marvel villain.
“The line between good and evil does not lie between “us” and “them,” between the West and the rest, between Left and Right, between rich and poor. That fateful line runs down the middle of each of us, every human society, every individual.”
― N.T. Wright
, Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issues