Re: The Mandarin in Iron Man 3...Love it or hate it? - Part 1
Long time lurker. The Question inspired me to finally post this.
I really just wanted the guy I saw in the trailer.
I never cared for Iron Man comics back in the day (was more of an X-men guy) but I fell in love with the first two films and loved the villain we were presented in the trailer as well as the backstory Feige fed us about him being a former CIA or former military idealist who, in my head canon at least, was a scholar of warfare, collected related iconography(the poster with the UN helmet...etc), and founded the Ten Rings to misguidedly “teach”(read: get revenge upon) the country he felt had betrayed him.
I was really excited that we were going to get a true threatening villain that wasn’t another evil smart guy in a business suit. Oh well.