Re: The villain(s) of IM4 thread
Even as someone who wasn't a fan of IM3's take on the Mandarin, I do think that Killian being the real deal could be made to work going forward.
Do something where after his defeat, he's started to become the facade he tried to create earlier. He's sporting the flowing robes and the rings and has retreated to somewhere in China. He's also found a way to further develop his Extremis powers, which could be a way to work in some of the other powers that the rings in the comics have exhibited like cold and electricity manipulation.
Basically he's become the cultural thief that Black and Feige claimed Kingsley was going to be.