Originally Posted by blksuperman2
IMO what happened was that the director didn't want to use the Mandarin. Someone told him that he could use a more modern version and give his character similar characteristics and if there're any comic fans who protest give examples of how this does in fact work.
The problem is more in the narrative than in the way the characters were handled.
Yeah, Black originally stated specifically that Mandarin wasn't going to be in the movie, and that a racist caricature like that didn't belong.
Personally, I suspect that Shane Black might've been given the same treatment Sam Raimi received in Spidey 3. Raimi never wanted to use Venom, and IIRC, didn't like the character at all. But fanboy pressure and/or studio pressure said, "C'mon, he's an iconic nemesis of Spidey! You *gotta* put him in there, Sam....you just *gotta.*" And boink, you get an INO and fanboys go ballistic over the raping of their childhood. Sounds eerily familiar.