Originally Posted by Incredible Hans
... because Iron Man is a B list hero.
I agree with that, I've brought it up a few times before in discussions with people. As far as I know he wasn't very popular til the first solo film blew up, so I fully understand how they've changed his villains, including Mandarin who is a B+ villain at best, to fit into a realistic movie world. I'm happy with what we've gotten in his 3 solo outings for sure.