Originally Posted by TheHeatKitchen
What does that tell you about the other villains? Whiplash wasn't a threat and was very one dimensional. Mandarin/Killian was such a mess of a character, IMO, that it ruined it for me (especially ruined Mandarin, but we've all been there). Justin Hammer and Raza were just pawns, no threat, whatever.
It tells me that possibly the biggest flaw of this trilogy is that the first film had the best villain by far. There was zero escalation from a writing standpoint. Whiplash was pure wasted potential. Whiplash during those opening credits was so promising. Then he is pissed away after he shows up in Monaco. And yep, Killian was an utter mess.