Originally Posted by DigificWriter
I don't know how many times it's going to have to be stated, but this is the final word directly from Marvel and director Shane Black:
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)
I really don't like it when creators start explaining stuff like that outside the movie. For me, it's a sign of bad film making. If that was their intention, they should've made it perfectly clear in the movies. As it stands, there's a lot of confusing information in these that allows it to be interpreted in different ways.