Re: The Mandarin in Iron Man 3...Love it or hate it? - Part 1
I have feeling that the writers were pretty proud of themselves for coming up with this "brilliant twist". Like Doc Samson said, with the Ra's twist there was a dramatic purpose that payed homage to the immortality aspects from comics, but here the only thing that reflects from the twist is that Shane Black doesn't like The Mandarin.
Hey guys, if it was so genius to get rid of the Mandarin because he "never was a good villain in the comics", why was it ever necessary to make Killian The Mandarin too? You're arguing that "he's really similar to the comic book Mandarin" to make him worth of the title, but you also justify the twist by saying that Mandarin in the comics was bland and forgettable and boring and so on. See, doesn't make a lot of sense does it