Re: The Mandarin in Iron Man 3...Love it or hate it? - Part 1
The thing that strikes me as unnessary about doing this twist was that considering they went for another evil businessman in the form of the Aldrich Killian, they could've just as easily used the Knauf's take on the Mandarin from the 'Haunted' storyline a few years back.
Pretty much all the same elements are there for that take on the Mandarin that they wound up incorporating into Killian.
It was a good update on the character and I think its a shame that they only reason why they probably didn't do it was because they were that it would somehow hurt the Chinese box office.