Originally Posted by DigificWriter
The second quote establishes that the company's intention is for Aldrich Killian/The Mandarin to have been pulling strings behind-the-scenes for the entirety of the IM trilogy. IOW, he's the person Raza references in IM1 (although we don't know whether or not Raza reported directly to him or to his proxy frontman, Trevor Slattery)
And that was my biggest problem with the movie: they didn't highlight the fact that Mandarin was behind everything in the first two. It would've amped up the animosity big time.