Re: All Things Superman: An Open Discussion (Spoilers) - - - - - - - - - - - - - Part
And anyway, the nature of the rings was never important in the comics. The fact that they were ten rings from a spaceship, each with a different super power, was neat, but the fact that it was specifically that thing wasn't important. What was important was that The Mandarin had a means of physically confronting Iron Man that wasn't a suit of armor and was something he stumbled across and took for himself but didn't actually create or earn. Extremis served the same function in Iron Man 3.
The world does not work the way you think it does: