Originally Posted by wampa1
Yes, but we would never have got that 'improvement' if they weren't allowed to mess with the character.
Aside from the fact that Whiplash in the comics is a C-lister even among other Iron Man villains, there's been 2 or 3 of them prior to the film. And film Whiplash is parts Whiplash and Crimson Dynamo. And there have been at least a dozen of them. And neither were ever Iron Man's arch enemy. So it's not really comparable since there has only ever been one Mandarin.