Originally Posted by AVEITWITHJAMON
The problem with the Mandarin thing was that Ben Kingsley in the earlier scenes was an amazing Mandarin. Then to find it out it was Killian was very dissapointing. They could have still had Killian being the one to fight Tony in the Finale, but Kingsley could still have been the Mandarin.
You say in the movie, Tony was 100% relying on the suits, and yet he barely spent any time in them, so that is a big flaw in the movie. In 3 of the biggest action scene's in the movie he was in the suit for about 5 mins, yet he relies on them? Doesnt fly.
The twist of the Mandarin being Killian wouldn't have worked if the audience didn't believe Kingsley was the Mandarin. That was the genius of the whole deception. Killain fit the theme of the movie very well and made for an effective Mandarin. He just didn't have rings of power. He was more like a combination of Mandarin and the Melter. The Mandarin was always able to go toe to toe with Stark, and it is funny that in many early issues, the Mandarin was believed to be a myth.
I can understand Killian didn't have the rings or the look of the classic Mandarin, and this lack iconography burns many fans. But, I think the spirit of the character worked in many ways.